The managerial merry-go-round has taken yet another twist. Phil Brown departs, or should I say is pushed out of, Hull City and he is replaced by a very familiar, yet unattractive, Ian Dowie. His appointment was suspiciously swift, possibly verging on pre-arranged, but if the Tigers stay up then I’m sure none of them will complain. Not until they have 1 point from their first 8 games next season at least.
This got me thinking. With the jobs of Gianfranco Zola and even Carlo Ancelotti coming in to question, which managers are waiting in the wings to return to the big time?
Well, for starters we have Mark Hughes. The manager, who many believe, did nothing wrong in his time at Manchester City. A view that, unfortunately for Hughes, was not shared by the Sheikh! A young manager who has a lot of experience in dealing with problematic players or over controlling owners…well Chelsea might as well sign him up now then! However, The Blues have not had a British manager since Glenn Hoddle’s departure in 1996, sorry Hughes but you may be discriminated against again for not being a slick, good-looking Italian.
Paul Jewell, the hard-faced scouser who did so well at Wigan has sadly not been able to produce the goods ever since. He is, none the less, an expert in over-achieving. Maybe the West Ham owners Mr.Gold and Sullivan should consider him for their team who seem intent on winning games on their own. Or trying to anyway! How the FA wish they could turn back time when they installed The Wally with a Brolly over Jewell in 2006. It could have been a whole different story?
They could always resort back to Mr.Curbishley. The man who came in and beat Manchester United in his first game in charge. How Zola could do with a result like that. Though it is hard to see him coming back, or even being welcomed back, after he took the club to court, and won, for constructive dismissal.
All of these managers need not panic however. The nature of the Premier League means there will be many, many more jobs available over the next six months. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the farcical show!