The Daily Mail suggest that Gus Poyet is ready to quit Brighton as Aston Villa, Manager-less West Brom and relegated Wolves eye a move for the Uruguayan manager.
West Brom are on the look out for a replacement for Roy Hodgson who has quit the Hawthorns to take the reigns at England while Wolves and Aston Villa are looking to replace their current managers after both endured disappointing seasons.
Wolves will be looking for a manager capable of gaining promotion from the Championship after their relegation as the aim to bounce straight back.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa are considering the future of Alex McLeish after Villa narrowly escaped relegation this term and given the fans obvious disapproval of the manager.
Poyet is well known for combining attractive attacking football with success helping Brighton gain promotion from League One as champions and almost pushed them into the play-offs in his first Championship season in which they eventually finished 10th.
I think any of these clubs would be a good fit for Poyet, more so probably the Premier League clubs, but I’m going to focus on why Poyet would be the perfect choice for Aston Villa.
My brother is a Villa fan and so are some of my closest friends, they are all against McLeish, not just for his Birmingham connections but more so to do with his results and style of play.
There is no doubt Aston Villa are a big club and should be pushing for a higher finish, much like Everton seem to do every season. However, they have endured some poor seasons in recent years and I think they need to go through a transition of Premier League consolidation and team building.
Personally I feel Villa need to appoint a young manager such as Poyet, bring in a few new additions of the right age and focus on developing the fantastic young talent they have at the moment. Most importantly, they need to consolidate themselves as a Premier League team once more, maybe focus on finishing between 10th-13th for the next couple of seasons.
Now I know Villa fans will say that’s not good enough for their club given its history and the size of it but lets be honest, no club is too big to get relegated. Surely staying in the Prem and finishing mid-table is better than aiming for Europe and getting on the managers case when he under achieves, yes?
I think with Poyet in charge who likes attacking play, Villa should bring in some younger, exciting attacking players such as Jarvis and Fletcher from Wolves, Chris Eagles from Bolton and Yakubu from Blackburn (not young but scores goals).
Bring in some experienced centre midfield players who allow the wingers and strikers to express themselves and perhaps a couple of new full backs. They should also continue to develop and bed-in their young players like Clark, Albrighton, Bannan, Weimann etc. but under less pressure than they have experienced this season because they have been thrown in somewhat in the deep end.
I think Villa’s league position is a false position when you consider the talent in their squad but they have been very unlucky with injuries and their team is very young but I feel with a manager like Poyet, the players I mentioned and focussing on consolidation for a couple of years while the team develops all the Villa fans could see the good times returning to Villa Park by the 2014-15 season.