If there’s one thing Dave Whelan loves its publicity. Not satisfied with offering the media a day by day update on the private negotiations between Liverpool and Roberto Martinez he’s already fueling the speculation as to who his preferred replacement would be should Martinez leave.
The Mail Online are reporting that Whelan is prepared to offer Steve Bruce a return to management and a third spell at the Wigan helm.
Whelan is quoted as saying of Bruce,
“Steve Bruce is someone I have always got on with – I never sacked him, don’t forget. He left for Sunderland but we have remained on good terms.”
It is easy to see why Whelan would be keen on Bruce after he guided Wigan to impressive 14th and 11th place finishes in England’s top division. However rehiring Bruce would represent a step back for the latics after Robert Martinez’s time in charge.
Martinez has transformed Wigan from the long ball merchants they were under Bruce to the fast flowing football side they are today, and there is little in Bruce’s management career to suggest he would continue this philosophy. A further problem is likely to be that Bruce would leave Wigan should an offer from a slightly larger Premiership side come along as he did in moving to Sunderland.
A better option could be to opt for a young up and coming manager as Whelan did in taking Martinez from Swansea. A manager who would fit this description is Lee Clark. Clark did an impressive job at Huddersfield and left in mysterious circumstances.
The former Newcastle player would surely be eager for a return to management and his time in League 1 suggests he has the ability to manage at a higher level and is capable of organising a team to play an attractive style.
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