I have a few submissions in the past week but the story was moving fast, they were soon out of date, apologies.
However davidg has sent in this piece and we can look forward to other candidates, I am sure that his suggestion will provoke a vigorous debate.
So after all the hyperbole and excitement, it isn’t going to be OGS. Well, I for one can only breathe a huge sigh of relief! What on earth could Lerner have been on, even to think about taking such a huge gamble on such a young and hungry manager?
People on here are screaming for an “exciting” appointment, for some out-the box thinking, some entertainment, but consider things for a minute, guys. The club has said on more than one occasion recently that we need stability and continuity. The last think we need right now is some continental type coming in with controversial notions about playing tippy-tappy keep possession football.
We need to stick with the tried and tested methods that have served the English national side so well for so long, the type of game which our stalwarts such as Dunne, Collins, Warnock and Hutton have honed to perfection. No fannying about, just get it over the heads of our midfielders and up the park to the big man up front, then when we lose possession (which strangely, does seem to happen quite a bit), get everyone back behind the ball as fast as possible.
Okay, things didn’t quite work out under Alex McLeish, and towards the end, some of his comments were getting a bit bizarre. But let’s be fair, the guy wasn’t given any time, and didn’t have much chance to get his own players in. As he said himself, “this wasn’t an Alex McLeish team”.
Anyway, we all know what happened. Lerner panicked, and McLeish was forced out. Anyway, it’s water under the bridge, and this is no time for recriminations. We’ve got to look ahead, and I think it’s got to be a case of “steady as she goes”. No, this is not the time for the new broom that some have called for. We need the proverbial steady pair hands, someone with that crucial Premier League experience who can continue the work started by Eck, and mold us into a really strong ultra defensive outfit that anyone will struggle to beat.
There are some obvious candidates in the frame; McCarthy, Bruce and Curbishley, to name a half dozen right off the top of my head. All have the right qualifications and all are available, so there’s the added advantage that no compensation would be payable. However there’s one candidate that stands head and shoulders above the rest when thinking about those vital factors of stability and continuity. He’s got that vital Premier League experience, he’s available, and just like McLeish, he’s Scottish, and a miserable git to boot.
We don’t need any fancy Dan new approach at Villa Park, Lerner. We want what we know and love, so go out and get King Kenny. You know it makes sense.