Managerial Merry-Go-Round

This entry was posted on Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Room for All…

Poor old ‘Sparky’ Hughes. Just a few years ago he left the Fulham hotseat, grumbling that he should be managing a top four side in the Premiership, or even one of his former clubs such as Bayern Munich or Barcelona. Instead, he finds himself at Stoke, not one of the big four here, and certainly never confused with Barcelona. But that is the cruel nature of the managerial merry-go-round for you. One minute you’re the hot favourite for Manchester United; the next you’ve been fired by some club in Saudi Arabia that nobody has ever heard of (yes O’Leary, we’re looking at you.)

Two big vacancies in Europe right now are Everton and Real Madrid. Roberto Martinez is a hot favourite for one (clue – it isnt Madrid) but the dithering over any appointment seems to suggest Bill Kenwright is far from convinced. So if he is looking to follow his previous appointment and appoint a young, scottish, proven coach, Steve Clarke may suddenly become an option. And at 33/1 with Bet365, it is an option that is attractive for the punters. As an outsider, 66/1 on Martin O’Neill is also certainly interesting.

With Carlo Ancelotti having already publicly stated his interest in heading to Real, it is little surprise that he is as short as Evens with many bookmakers. But with money no object at PSG, it seems difficult to see how Real can prise him away from the French capital. With another former petrol-employee Roberto Mancini, standing around looking sullen doing nothing, he could be a nice fit. Bobby Manc is 39 with the ‘Fair, to be the next boss at the Bernabeu.

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