So King Kenny has gone, along with many of the other cogs behind the scenes at Anfield. Damien Comolli, Ian Cotton, Graham Bartlett and Steve Clarke have all made way as John W Henry wants to give his most recent purchase a much needed makeover.
Luis Suarez, some poor debut signings and the worst points tally since 1992 are reasons for doing so but who should be the man to replace ‘The King’?
Roberto Martinez is my number one contender. His wonderfully classy and arrogant escape from relegation with Wigan Athletic after a dreadful first half of the season is strong evidence of the Spaniard’s talent. The two Alan’s and Lawro were damning there chances of survival from the MotD sofa but after switching his formation to a 3-4-3 they began not only beating the big teams like Arsenal, Man United and Liverpool but outclassing them.
Shaun Maloney was singled out during this purple patch and he is an example of the astuteness in the transfer market Martinez harnesses. Having seen Moneyball I know that will make Mr Henry happy. His image as a nice guy of football will also make Liverpool look better after a year of racist allegations has tarnished their once stellar reputation.
The only problem may lie in his inexperience. Yes, he has kept Wigan up in successive seasons but Liverpool need a manager used to winning if they want to get back into the top four next season. Which is why I believe my next choice could be worth a punt…
Andre Villas Boas didn’t have the best opening season in the Premiership but it must not be forgotten that he came there with a Treble winning pedigree and is available on a free. He is young, has experience of success in Europe and domestically in Portugal and likes to play attractive football. At the start of his glorious tenure at Porto, AVB was in a similar situation to whomever takes over King Kenny’s throne; the team were falling behind in the league, Champions League football was gone and the team needed invigorating but he turned it around in one season, winning the treble with style and attacking flair.
His arrival at Anfield could reignite the once scorching rivalry between them and Chelsea. Personally I would love to see AVB do well at another Premier League club so to illuminate how much player power is rumoured to be within Chelsea’s ranks and prove Mr Abramovich wrong.
Didier Deschamps, for me, is the dark horse of the pack. The Frenchman is 43 and has been in the managerial merry go round for 11 years; winning Ligue 1 with Marseille, getting Monaco to the Champions League final and getting Juventus back into Serie A after the Calciopolli scandal.
Unlike Martinez and AVB, he has a wealth of experience in dealing with globally big names and is rumoured to be quite restless in the south of France. Because of this Marseille finished 10th this season, 20 points off Champions League places but could make the Marseille board more inclined to a fresh start.
For FSG realism is the key to finding the next Liverpool manager. The 2012/13 season is going to be one of transition and the only aim should be to get Champions League football assured for the following year.
If they think they will have any luck in pursuing the likes of Guardiola, Klopp and Capello they need to think again as they’d have more chance of getting Brad Pitt but appointing a young manager looking to prove his point could be the path to success for Liverpool.
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