The three man who have the greatest chance at being burdened with the task of reviving Villa!
Whoever takes the opportunity (or plunge) to manage this seasons 16th placed side, whether it be Jose Mourinho or Howard Wilkinson, surely can’t do as bad as the hapless, sleep inducing bore that was Alex McLeish.
There was a common misconception floating around when Lerner lost his mind and appointed the former Birmingham man, and that was that Villa fans only disapproved because he used to manage their local rivals.
Failing to realise that fans from across the city had witnessed the man extinguish any sign of footballing life throughout the previous season, media and footballing figures alike moved to defend the Scott’s record (two relegations in three Premier League seasons) whilst the ‘harsh’ Villans were openly mocked by their recently demoted rivals for falling into a potentially hazardous situation.
Now, given the reprieve, Lerner must seize the opportunity to restore his club to what it was under Martin O’Neill (barring the preposterous amounts of funding). With young, hungry managers currently plying their trade at ‘smaller’ clubs, one might think the American will consider changing his tact drastically from a year ago.
Rejected the job last year, either feeling he wasn’t yet up to the challenge or he just wanted to perform one more miracle for the Latics. Ended the season (as they always do) in fine form, including back to back victories against United and Arsenal. Martinez is not only a likable guy, he instills a belief in his players whilst also having the confidence in them (whether they’re Victor Moses or Emerson Boyce) to play attractive, attacking football.
It was just under three years ago that Lambert’s Colchester side faced Norwich at Carrow Road and trounced them 7-1 on the opening day of the League Two season. He then left for his current side, and has since presided over back to back promotions and a mid-table Premier League finish whilst playing great football throughout. Lambert has brought the best out of former lower league dwellers such as Grant Holt and Elliott Bennett and is sure to be one of the best out there in the years to come. Would be a massive coup.
Has performed similar wonders to Lambert. Would however be harder to prize away, as he’s known to be settled in Wales for the time being and could be in line for bigger things in the not too distant future. Like the other two potentials on the list, enjoys implementing the technical side of the game into his sides, and has improved upon the skills of players such as Danny Graham and Joe Allen commendably. Like Lambart, would be tough to attain but an inspired choice.
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