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Three potential replacements for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

With the news that Arsenal legend, Arsene Wenger will leave the Emirates at the end of the season. Wenger has enjoyed unrivalled success at Arsenal, and despite the turmoil he has endured over the last few seasons, is still the greatest manager in the clubs history. After his illustrious career in North London, attention now turns to his possible successor, with many possible candidates being considered.

Diego Simeone- Simeone has done a brilliant job at Atletico Madrid, managing to break the stranglehold the big two have on Spanish football, and making two Champions League Finals in the process. His style of play would go against the traditions at Arsenal, with his preferred counter attacking style being a polar opposite to the possession based flair Arsenal fans have got used to over the last 22 years, but this change could be exactly what Arsenal need. Young, hungry and with a proven track record at the highest level, Simeone would surely be top of most Arsenal fans wish list.

Luis Enrique- The ex Barca gaffer excelled in his first job at the Nou Camp, winning nine trophies in his three years. Enrique would offer Arsenal a seamless transition from the Wenger years, with his style of play being very similar to that of Wenger. The current bookies favourite, is already rumoured to be in discussions with the Gunners, and is a young coach that is readily available should Arsenal come calling. His record proves what he is capable of achieving, and is another coach Arsenal fans will be excited about.

Eddie Howe- A slightly controversial choice, that is unlikely to happen, but wouldn’t a young English coach getting a job at a top six club be good for English football? Howe has done a superb job at Bournemouth, taking a struggling cash-strapped League Two club to the Premier League, and done it by playing good football to boot. He has not changed his style of play since gaining promotion to the Premier League, a very gutsy move from a young manager, but one that has paid off and seen Bournemouth become an established Premier League side.

Should Everton fans get to vote on the performance of manager Sam Allardyce’s?

Sam Allardyce has steadied the ship at Everton and took a team with a genuine fear of a relegation scrap to a comfortable position in mid-table. Often the story when Allardyce gets a job in the Premier League.

But perhaps unsurprisingly, he isn’t the most popular man on Merseyside, with his drab style of play and negative football turning most fans against him. Not the first time Allardyce’s effective but limited methods have been criticised by home fans, with West Ham and Newcastle fans feeling the same way during his stints there.

News coming out of Everton recently has revealed the club have sent a survey out to fans, allowing them to rate their confidence in the current management system. In a  supposed attempt to discover how connected fans feel to the club, the survey asks fans how much confidence they have in the current management team in regards to making decisions, and also asks whether fans believe the current squad is loyal and performing to the best.

This is not a new phenomenon with Everton, who regularly send out fan surveys, and sent a similar one out last May, asking similar questions of then manager Ronald Koeman. Everton have endured one of their worst seasons in recent history, especially when you consider the money they spent in the summer, and the increased expectations that brought.

The debate amongst fans is whether Allardyce deserves a chance to bring his own players in, and a full preseason program, or whether he just isn’t the right man for the job. Meaning the results of this survey may have some effect on the future of Allardyce, as an overwhelmingly negative response may have an influence on the boards decision. And with Marco Silva and Shakhtar Donetsk gaffer Paulo Fonseca waiting in the wings, owner Farhad Moshiri will not be short of alternatives if he does decide to wield the axe.

But is it right that the board have sent out this survey? Knowing there is a high chance the response will not be positive. Allardyce has done the job he was brought in to do, and perhaps deserves a little more respect from the board, who have basically threw him under the bus. While the idea of giving the fans a voice at the club is a brilliant one, this should not include the manager, and is possibly giving fans more power and influence than they deserve.

Allardyce signed a contract until 2019, meaning he has one year left to run on his deal, but will he still be there come the start of the 18/19 season?


3 potential managers who could take the Sixfields hot seat​

Northampton Town yesterday parted company with manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink after just seven months with the club. The ‘Cobblers’ are on a run of nine games without a victory and yesterdays 2-0 defeat to Peterborough United was the final straw for Northampton chairman Kelvin Thomas, who made the decision to part company with the Dutchman just hours after the final whistle at London Road.

First-team coach John Pemberton has left the club, whilst Assistant Manager Dean Austin will take charge of the first team until the end of the season. With that in mind, we take a look at three candidates who could take the managers hot seat at Sixfields in the summer.

Grant McCann – Could irony strike as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink loses his job after losing to Peterborough and then the former ‘Posh’ manager gets the Northampton Town job?

McCann who was sacked in February from his post with Peterborough is still without a job and is seen as one of the main contenders for the manager’s job at Sixfields. His ‘Posh’ side made a flying start to the League One season after making some quality additions to his playing staff including the likes of Jack Marriott, Danny Lloyd and George Cooper but following a run seven games with a victory, McCann was sacked by the club.

Despite only having Peterborough on his CV as previous managerial experience, McCann could be an ideal candidate if he could get Northampton playing the way he got his Peterborough side playing at the beginning of the season.

Graham Alexander – The former Scunthorpe United manager has only been out of work a matter of days but again is seen as a major contender for the Northampton Town job. After guiding Scunthorpe to the play-off semi-final last season, Alexander was sacked by the ‘Irons’ with the club fifth in League One but without a win in eight.

Having previous managerial experience in English Football’s third tier with Fleetwood Town and also after nearly getting Scunthorpe promoted last campaign, Alexander could be seen as the man to guide the ‘Cobblers’ from a bottom half team to ones competing near the top of the League One table.

Uwe Rosler – After doing a terrific job with Fleetwood Town last season, where he guided the ‘Cod Army’ to the League One playoffs, Rosler couldn’t repeat that feat this season with the Fylde Coast outfit deciding to part company with the German.

Despite not having the best of seasons this time around, Rosler more than showed his credentials last term guiding a club to a much higher position than would have been expected of them before a ball was kicked and could be seen as the perfect fit for Scunthorpe.

As a club with a minimal budget compared to some at League One level, Rosler could be the man to get the very best out of the playing staff already at the club without having to go and spend huge money on bringing in reinforcements.

Northampton Town fans who would you like to see in charge of your club next season? Let us know in the comments section…

3 possible replacements if Mick McCarthy leaves Ipswich Town?

  1. Mark Warburton

Mark Warburton is a proven manager who in the long-term, can do a brilliant job in building a club towards where they want to be. Especially at Brentford, who he took from League One to the Play-Offs to get into the Premier League. In Scotland, he got Rangers promoted back into the Scottish Premiership and built the bulk of a side which is doing extremely well north of the border. He did not, however, achieve the expected goals of Nottingham Forest. But if Ipswich decide to let go of McCarthy, Warburton would be an excellent managerial choice.

2. Jaap Stam

After recently being sacked by Reading, Stam is on the lookout for a new job. He knows the Championship well and was incredibly close to guiding the Royals to the Premier League, losing on penalties to Huddersfield Town in the Play-Off Final. He may not achieve instant success if he were to come to Portman Road but would be able to restart his career and build a squad capable of fighting every team in the Championship and guiding the Tractor Boys up the table.

3. Steve Cotterill

Cotterill has been in football management since 1995, and is extremely experienced in the Championship. He has won the Conference, League Two, League One but not the Championship. This could be his opportunity at a big club, with big expectations. His previous job at Birmingham City did not go as well as expected, but the club was in a dire situation and is still in a relegation battle. At a club with more money, better situation, more quality players, Cotterill could do a fantastic job in guiding Ipswich up the league.

Ipswich Town fans would you like to see Mick McCarthy stay on as manager? If not would you take any of the three names above? Let us know in the comments section…

3 managers that could take the Gillingham hot seat!

Gillingham manager Ady Pennock has today left the Kent outfit by mutual consent. With the club languishing in 22nd position in the league table and just 1 win in their opening 9 games, the Gills board felt a change of direction was necessary. 

Director of Football Peter Taylor will oversee the day to day running of the team until a permanent successor to Pennock is found. With that in mind, we take a look at 3 potential candidates for the job.

Nolberto Solano

Joint early front-runner with Peter Taylor is former Newcastle United midfielder Nolberto Solano. Having had previous managerial experience in Peru with Universito de Deportes where he guided the club to the top half of the table after taking over when they were in the relegation zone, Solano showed that he has some credentials as a manager.

Whether he can transfer those credentials he showed in Peru to an English team will be the question on everybody’s lips, but he obviously has a terrific chance to showcase his skills being the front-runner for the job.

Chris Powell

Somebody who knows League One well is Chris Powell. The former Charlton Athletic manager guided the Addicks out of the league as champions back in the 2011-2012 season and finished a very respectable 9th in his first season in the Championship with the London outfit.

Since his time at the Valley, Powell has gone on to manage Huddersfield Town and was the caretaker manager at Derby County in between the tenures of Nigel Pearson and Steve McClaren.

With Gillingham sitting in the relegation zone of League One, Powell could be the perfect appointment for the club as he knows what is needed to get a team out of this league.

Billy Davies


An experienced manager could be exactly what Gillingham need to turn their fortunes around. Having previously had spells with Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Preston North End and Motherwell, Billy Davies has a wealth of experience and has had some success at certain clubs he has been at.

Having taken Preston North End to the brink of the Premier League only losing out in the playoff final in 2005, he then went on to go one better with Derby County as they defeated West Bromwich Albion in the final and ended a five-year absence from English football’s top league.

Having had success in the Championship, Davies could look to use his experience in League One, and help transform Gillingham.

Gillingham fans who do you want to see take charge of your team next? Let us know in the comments section…