Here we are again. Another long summer where we wonder ‘will he or won’t he go?’. It seems that whoever the manager we have is, we face the same question every year. This time, as usual, we have lost 6-7 weeks and so will need to act quick in finding a replacement.
Here are the early runners:-
Frank Lampard 5-1
Someone who has sat in the seat of a club where he is adored. Frank didn’t need to wait long before being offered the chance to manage his beloved Chelsea.
The all-time Blues goal scorer enjoyed a successful first season qualifying for the Champions League. The club were within their transfer embargo which forced Frank to use youngsters and was praised for this. The following season, saw the embargo lifted, many money spent and shortly the sack.
His brief time at the Swans may be remembered more favourably by the Jack army than the former player himself. I don’t think his time at the Vetch is seen as the highlight of his career but the bookies have him down as second favourite early on.
Eddie Howe 4-1
The early favourite according to Bet Victor. Eddie Howe was praised not only for his league positions but his style of football at Bournemouth. This could fit with the ‘Swansea Way’ style under Brendan Rogers.
The similarities with the Northern Irishman do not end there either. As Brendan seeked employment following his spell at Liverpool, it was very difficult to gage his next club. Remembering Liverpool were a slip away from winning the Premier League, it was not unthinkable that ‘top clubs’ could still be interested and we understand that the Swans were talked to in the Championship.
Celtic was his destination and there has been talk of that being Howe’s next job. You could equally see him at a ‘top club’ or similarly a Championship club.
John Terry 8-1
Assistant manager at Aston Villa. The former Chelsea captain has yet to have a managerial post. His contacts in the game will be attractive and it is likely that he would be looking for the next step. Especially seeing former England colleagues Lampard, Rooney and Gerrard all have their shot.
Would he be a popular choice?
Unlikely. His issues with Wayne Bridge and Anton Ferdinand made him difficult to love. It is hard to imagine the strong no-nonsense Englishman insisting on a attractive style. Wrong club, wrong manager I’d expect.
Alex Neil 8-1
Another one which Victor Chandler fancy is the young former manager at Preston. The Scotsman let Hamilton to the Scottish Premiership before taking Norwich the English equivalent.
He lost his job with canaries before spending nearly 4 years at Preston. A lifetime in modern football.
Alan Tate odds n/a
Tatey has enjoyed a steady progression through the club coaching ranks and was interested in the job before Steve Cooper was appointed. It is always a risk for a club legend to take the hot seat. However I am sure he would jump at the opportunity given the chance.
Someone who knows how to get promoted out of the Championship as a player. Knows the club better than anyone and has an unrivalled relationship with the supporters.
If not now, then when?
Someone you have never heard of
Swansea have an excellent track record in appointing managers. Huw Jenkins did a phenomenal job with this but it has continues since his departure.
The bookies and we can guess who we want or like or expect but the chances are it is someone currently managing in the Japanese under 13s Girls league.