This may cause howls of outrage given the misconception of the problem over Mcleish, but bear me out.
The longer this search goes on, the more I think we are going to see a shock. OGS was left field for sure but we have not seen Randy do it the easier way. Why do I say Chris Hughton ?
Well surely he is a shoe in for the West Brom job, a perfect fit and yet no approaches and tonight stories that they have approached ‘The Tinkerman’. I am glad they have got him, is all I can say because it means he can not come to Villa Park as I stated in another piece. For this reason last Thursday just as I was hearing about OGS and laid money on I had a sneaky fiver on Hughton at 40-1 and just come in slightly to 33-1.
Daily we have seen managers who will not come here and for example Martinez being photographed with John Henry means another one is out, to add to Lambert, Rodgers and others. The list is getting shorter and shorter. Every time a name disappears the good ones become less and less.
So lets give you my reasons for Hughton
Excellent coach at Spurs
Liked by all the press and fans at the clubs he has been at
Managed real difficult characters and broken dressing rooms – Newcastle, Barton, Carroll etc
Successful with Newcastle
Has had players sold from underneath him
Picks up bargains and motivates other players
Good style of football, usually wingers and two up front
Fantastic jobs at previous club
The previous club is of course the major problem, if he had all the problems at Blues and yet managed say Cardiff to the same position he would be wanted by many fans.
Should it matter where he came from ? At VP there was never a chant about Mcleish’s background but of all the other factors and records we know about him. Maybe we as fans would actually WANT him to succeed at villa to prove all the press WRONG ?
I know many people may call me all kinds of names for suggesting Hughton but of the options out there, those that would come to work under restrictions and gettable is there anyone better ? Looking at who is left, is Poyet better ? Are out of work managers better who can not get jobs, I wonder why ?
Brave brave step to do this, I think there is no chance of Randy doing this but I personally see Hughton as a much better option than many left.
Disclaimer : I have no ITK, in fact all that has totally dried up since OGS and any little bits of info is saying who we are NOT getting.