After sacking Claude Puel on Sunday Leicester city have moved quickly to get their man and it seems that man is current Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. Reports today suggest that the Bhoys have allowed Rodgers to travel to Leicester to discuss a move to the Midland club. Many suggested that any move for the Irishman would have to wait until the summer but it seems Rodgers has made his wishes clear to the Celtic board to leave now.
Is this a good move for Leicester City?
Currently in 14th position in the Premier League the Foxes are without a win in 7 games which includes the 2-1 loss to league 2 Newport County in the FA Cup 3rd round.
Some positivity and confidence is needed and a new manager often provides this, Brendan Rodgers wants another shot at the Premier League after a disappointing end to his Liverpool tenure and with Leicester, a club that has won the Premier League, has solid owners with deep pockets and a squad of talented players he has the ideal place to make a great start and rebuild his reputation to a degree.
One of Rodgers main strengths is his coaching ability and with the likes of Demarai Gray, Ben Chilwell and James Maddison there he really could get those players to the next level like he did with Raheem Sterling in his early years. Oliver Burke transferred to Celtic at the start of the season because of Rodgers, Burke felt that the Irishman could get his career back on track, and possibly the biggest compliment Rodgers has received came from Brazilian icon Pele when he said “I think Celtic are very lucky to have a manager with the qualities of Brendan. Luis Suarez was a really good player when he went to Liverpool but I believe Brendan gave him great coaching, guidance and advice and made him a better player and a better person”.
So what would Leicester be getting in Brendan Rodgers?
Someone with the ability to coach players and make them better, a coach who has managed at the top level and who came within 2 points of delivering Liverpool their first Premier League title, a title they’ve never been closer to winning since. Rodgers has plenty of experience in the premier league having managed Swansea after he guided the Welsh club up from the championship and Liverpool, showing his ability to manage clubs at both ends of the league, so he’s no stranger to life in a club outside the ‘top 6’.
Time will only tell if Brendan Rodgers will be a good fit for Leicester city but with his pedigree and track record of trophies and success, the Foxes will be in good hands.
Following David Hopkin’s resignation from his managerial position Bradford City, The Bantams must search for their third head coach of the season – and they must do so quickly.
With only 12 games remaining Bradford find themselves second from bottom in Sky Bet League One, three points off Shrewsbury and Oxford who sit in 19th and 20th respectively. City’s goal difference of -17 would arguably make them four points from escaping the relegation zone as the teams above them have a significantly better goal difference. It won’t be easy, whoever they sign, for it is unlikely that those above them will fail to pick up an extra few points before the end of the season too.
Hopkins is the second Bradford boss this season, following the sacking of Michael Collins in September, however Hopkins left at his own accord believing he could not do more than he has to keep the side up. The 48-year-old impressively won four out of five league games in December, earning him the Manager of the Month Award however this was not enough to prevent the recent events, with Saturdays 3-2 defeat at fellow strugglers Walsall, seemed to be the final straw for the Scotsman after only 175 days in the job.
So who are the potential candidates to take Bradford through the remainder of the season?
For as long as he is out of a job, Simon Grayson will always be on the Bradford City shortlist. The Yorkshire man has had an illustrious managerial career where he has earned promotion with all but one of the clubs he has bossed. The club he failed to have success with were Sunderland, but sympathy has been given to any manager who worked at The Stadium of Light due to the crisis the club was going through during the last three years where they experienced consecutive relegations. Grayson has openly said that due to the situation behind the scenes ‘no one could have done better’ and he claims he would have saved them if given more time. This provides two reasons why Grayson could accept an offer; firstly that he is brave enough to join a club on the fall and try to steady the ship, but it also gives him the opportunity to follow through on his word that he could hack a relegation battle. Grayson does already have a history at Valley Parade, having played very briefly in 2002. More recently though, Bradford were the last team he managed, taking over from Stuart McCall at a similar time to now in 2018 but left at the end of his short term contract three months later, despite being offered an extended deal. This proves that the owners liked his impact on the club and see a potential in his assets. The only question is would Simon Grayson want be up for the challenge?
2. Hannes Wolf
The former Stuttgart manager is another name that has been hot on the lips of those related to the football club over the past year or so. At one point before Grayson was put in temporary charge in February 2018, Wolf was odds on favourite to succeed Stuart McCall, with the club then in sixth place. At 36, the German has much to offer and already has success under his belt in his homeland. Wolf brought smiles quickly back to the faces of humiliated fans as his Stuttgart side immediately returned to the Germany’s top flight in 2017 by winning the 2.Bundesliga after relegated for the first time in 41 years the season before under a number of his predecessors. Hannes was out of work having parted company with the club after a rocky start in the first division, but was appointed as head coach of Hamburg in October where they sit top of the 2.Bundesliga. Wolf has a great opportunity to win a second promotion in his career and the fact that he is only three months into his job makes it harder to see him at Bradford this season at least. However, he has been highly linked with the job on several occasions due to City’s owner’s connection with Stuttgart and so he will no doubt be on their speed dial!
This could be seen as a risk for a young manager though, given the position Bradford find themselves in the league and so staying at Hamburg would be the easier option. However, even if Wolf does not come into question with the owners right now, don’t rule him out once the season is up.
With only 12 games left, a new manager coming into a squad he is not used to and has had no time to gel with could be fatal for Bradford City’s survival hopes. Therefore if there is a chance someone with some insight could take the reigns, even just for the time being, it could be what saves a Bradford side that are expected to do so much more. Martin Drury would be ideal in this scenario because he has been assistant manager at the club since the start of the season. Furthermore, Drury had a very brief stint managing Bradford Park Avenue meaning in recent years he has never been too far from the team. This previous managerial role doesn’t count for nothing either. Drury will have his own methods from his own albeit brief experience, alongside what he will have learnt as Michael Collin’s and David Hopkin’s second man. Drury will also already have a relationship with the players and will be the first man that will see what the previous managers were doing wrong behind the scenes. Therefore, a caretaker role seems a given for the 32-year-old and even if it is a big step in his early career in management, any kind of resurgence from the squad could land him a more long term job. The appointment of Drury also gives the owners a nice and simple way out of jail if they want to find themselves a more experienced manager, as they will then have until the summer to appoint someone full time if they believe Drury is not the man to take them further. This also links with another contender as their previous main targetHannes Wolf may be more likely to consider his options in the summer when his first season with Hamburg has concluded. Remember, the German seems quite good at getting an underperforming side promoted to where they belong.
Other candidates include the likes of Gary Bowyer, Paul Hurst and Ian Holloway however betting company’s have put the odds pretty high for the likes of these appointments suggesting that at this stage it is anyone’s guess as to who will become Bradford’s boss in order to get them out of the bottom four.
In the anticipation of Carlo Ancelotti’s run at Bayern Munich coming to an end, there are thoughts among football fans as to where he would go next? The 58-year-old has a lot of living in the footballing world to go and has worked among the best of the best. One club that could suit the Italian would be England’s very own Arsenal.
Ancelotti has been to England and done that before, winning an FA Cup, Premier League and Community Shield with Chelsea in his spell from 2009 to 2011, before his controversial sacking by the Pensioners. He knows the English and European game well and has strong links on these shores, such as Swansea manager and friend Paul Clement. So the three time UEFA Champions League champion would be no stranger and would do a good job for a decent team in England.
From Arsenal’s point of view, Ancelotti would be a good man to replace the club legend that is Arsène Wenger, who looks to be nearing the end of his reign at the Emirates. Arsenal are in need of a push and Ancelotti has shown that he is capable of that. When he first arrived in London, Chelsea hadn’t been league champions for four seasons, and he brought back the trophy to Stamford Bridge, along with others. In addition, personally, he got the best out of his players such as Drogba, helping him win the 2009-10 Golden Boot and to his best season tally that campaign on 37 goals. Arsenal could use that sort of touch on striker Alexandre Lacazette to push for a title. Ancelotti also helped build the Chelsea team that would eventually lift the Champions League trophy in 2012, making crucial signings such as Ramires, Torres and David Luiz.
Of course, Arsenal haven’t been league champions since 2004, so this would be a much larger project, but certainly one that the Italian wouldn’t back down from. He has a lot to give, and it’s clear that the Gunners would benefit from his management. Will it happen? Would it be good for him and the club? Leave your thoughts in the comments below
Port Vale parted company with manager Michael Brown following the clubs 1-1 draw with Forest Green Rovers on Saturday. The ‘Valiants’ relegated to League Two last season, have only managed to pick up 4 points from a possible 24 so far this season, and find themselves rock bottom of the Football League.
Despite receiving the backing from CEO Colin Garlick on Friday, the draw wasn’t enough for him to keep his job and Port Vale are on the look out for there fourth manager in just three years.
We take a look at three possible candidates to take the managers job at Vale Park.
Favourite with some of the bookies to get the job, Justin Edinburgh hasn’t long been out of the game as he was sacked by Northampton Town at the end of August. Having had experience at this level in the past with Newport County, where he led them to 17th position in his first season in the football league, Edinburgh has since gone on to have further Football League experience in League One.
Following his tenure at Newport County, Edinburgh went onto Gillingham and then Northampton Town. Despite struggling at the start of this season with Northampton, dropping down a league could benefit Edinburgh and Port Vale and give him the chance to re-galvanise his managerial career and also kick start Port Vale’s season.
An outsider for the job for sure, but an experienced appointment could be exactly what Port Vale need to help them turn their form around. Owen Coyle has been out of work since he was sacked by Blackburn Rovers earlier this year, but his CV is one that has plenty of past experience at a higher level.
He will be remembered most for his time at Burnley, where he led the Clarets to the Premier League in 2009 following there play-off final victory over Sheffield United at Wembley stadium. He left Burnley to join Bolton Wanderers and managed to lead the ‘Trotters’ to Premier League safety and also led the club to the FA Cup Semi-Final but lost out to Stoke City losing 5-0.
If Port Vale are looking for someone who has been there and done it at a higher level and could provide useful experience, then Owen Coyle could be the man for the job.
Someone who has plenty of Football League experience, having managed 7 clubs in English football’s top four divisions, Allen found success at Barnet. In his third spell at the club he kept them in League Two on the last day of the season, and then returned to the ‘Bees’ when they were in the National League in 2014 and managed to bring them back up to League Two.
Having managed plenty of clubs in the Football League and having kept Barnet in League Two, Allen could be seen as a suitable candidate to get Port Vale out of trouble and keep them in the league this season, before pushing on next campaign.
Port Vale fans who do you want to see as your clubs new manager? Let us know in the comment section…