Tuesday, October 19, 2010

5 Names Roy Hates Now

Liverpool are a club who are entering a period of transition. A time when all the club's supporters are hoping to see the back of co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett and with any luck, after a period of steadying the ship by RBS, a new investor looking to bring the club back off its knees. Regardless of his very poor start as Anfield boss, Roy Hodgson may find himself out of a job sooner rather than later and here are a collection of very able replacements to consider. Didier Deschamps Was approached by Martin Broughton previously and a manager with excellent credentials as player and now as a manager. First managerial job took Monaco to the Champions League final and followed that up with a move to Juventus who he led to a Serie B title in his only season at the club. Takes a couple of years off returns to managerment at Marseille, first season at the club wins the Ligue 1 title, the first the club has managed in 18 years. Sound familiar? Jurgen Klinsmann A motivator of the highest order. Players like to perform well for superstar players/turned managers. The German helped his national team to a useful third place finish in the 2006 World Cup where they were not expected to do well. Didn't do so well at Bayern Munich but could well be an interesting potential appointment. Martin O'Neill Would possibly have been Liverpool's first choice if he had quit Aston Villa a little earlier than he did, the gruff bespectacled former Celtic and Leicester City boss has been a success wherever he has been. Clearly any move for O'Neill would only occur after the Americans left as lack of funds for new additions is exactly the reason why he left Villa Park where he felt out with Yank Randy Lerner. Guus Hiddink Something of a Fantasy selection perhaps as the Dutchman only recently took over as national team coach of Turkey, however if someone with very big pockets led any potential takeover then perhaps a very big transfer budget may tempt the former PSV Eindhoven, Real Madrid and Chelsea boss into rescinding his current contract. Frank Rijkaard Another Dutchman but perhaps a more realistic target and perhaps a better fit for the Anfield club. Currently at Galatasaray, the former Barcelona boss only managed a third place finish in his first season and is still conceding ground to the current all conquering Bursaspor. Has a playing style that would appease fans and remember this is the man who brought back the glory days to the Nou Camp winning back to back titles after five seasons without a La Liga title, Barca have not looked back since.

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