The season is finished, the summer transfer rumours are in full flow and the manager merry-go-round is in full effect!
Liverpool appoint Rodgers leaving Swansea position open
The merry-go-round sprang into action when Liverpool appointed Brendan Rodgers after letting go of Anfield legend Kenny Dalglish. With Rodgers now gone the Swans are left to try and bring in a manager that will be able to take the reigns and keep Swansea on the right path. Managers that have been linked with the job have been, Michael Laudrup, Gianfranco Zola, Karl Robinson, Ian Holloway, Graeme Jones, Steve Clarke, Gus Poyet, Lee Clark and Dennis Bergkamp. No doubt Swansea will want a manager that is going to give a similar style of football along with a winning attitude and that is why it is no surprise to me that the likes of Laudrup and Bergkamp are being looked at, but as for who will be interviewed and appointed is still a guess for the newspapers, twitter and the bookies. Who do I think would do well at the job; honestly I could see Bergkamp or Poyet.
Lambert leaves Norwich and takes over at Aston Villa
The Merry-go-round continued when Lambert left Norfolk club Norwich when they denied Aston Villa permission to speak to him. Maybe this was the last straw for Lambert as that wasn’t the first time that Norwich had denied a club to talk to him about an open position but also with the fear that players were going to be sold and not much money coming in for transfers this may have been an opportune time to leave, either way Lambert, a free agent of sorts, spoke with Villa and was soon announced and the officially introduced as their new manager. Lambert won back to back promotions with Norwich, a feat that is highly uncommon in this day and age, and yes that statement is true even with Southampton doing the same, and much of that is going to be down to Lamberts management. Norwich knows this, as to why they denied so many clubs talking to him over the years. Villa need a manager that can take them back to where they were a few years ago under Martin O’Neill but that is not going to be an easy task. The fans will not be expecting miracles but will not be wanting another season like they had just endured with McLeish and this is in regards to the style of football and their final league position.
Chris Hughton is appointed manager of Norwich City leaving vacant post at Birmingham
But Norwich did not want to wait around long and were on the search for a new manager and soon the rumour mill was in full effect with newspapers reporting that Norwich was looking for a European boss with good credentials. Now this was either a story made up by the journalists to help sell theirs papers or was a story leaked by Norwich to give them cover while they approached British based managers because in the end the job was offered and accepted by Chris Hughton. Hughton had done himself no injustice while managing Newcastle United and narrowly missing out on promotion with Birmingham City Norwich look to have landed themselves a good manager that will help maintain their premiership status.
Birmingham will want a manager that will be able to recreate what Hughton did for the club which won’t be as easy as it sounds. The possible replacements include Lee Clark, Billy Davies, Mick McCarthy, Karl Robinson and Steve Bruce. McCarthy wouldn’t be a bad appointment nor would Bruce but maybe they will look to a new younger manager and look at Lee Clark.
While clubs have lost and appointed new managers the job at Chelsea has still yet to be resolved with many feeling that Roberto Di Matteo is going to be announced as the permanent manager in the coming weeks, but I can’t help but feel that this is because talk of a new manager has cooled. Personally I can’t help but feel that Abramovich has his targets and some are involved in the European Championships and is waiting until the end of the tournament to approach them, or more likely he has approached and they have done the right thing and said they won’t entertain the idea until after the tournament has finished.