Two English clubs just recently bade farewell to their managers. While one of them have found just the perfect replacement, the other one is still having a tough time choosing from a large pool of qualified and eager names.
We’re talking about Swansea City and Aston Villa respectively. The former has just welcomed former USA manager, Bob Bradley, who has his lucky stars and the club’s American owners Stephen Kaplan & Jason Levien to thank. The latter is spoilt for choice, with names ranging from former Hull City coach Steve Bruce, Sam Allardyce (yup), and American-German footballer-turned-coach David Wagner.
Swansea has struggled in their last 7 games, having won only 1 game and suffered 5 losses, including a draw. They stand in the 17th place with 4 points. How a former United States coach with no Premier League experience is a better investment than Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs, we don’t know, but Swans chairman Huw Jenkins is positive that Bradley will be a “long-term appointment” who will “stabilise matters on and off the pitch”.
But then again, who can tell? Bradley is a seasoned manager known for his strong leadership qualities, and that just might be what the Swans need to defeat Arsenal this October 15th. We’re watching you, Bob.
Things at Villa Park are still in a limbo as they strive to choose the best man for the job, while trying to appease fans that everything is going to be a-okay. Having been relegated from the Premier League, Aston Villa suffered 3 losses in 11 games, with 7 draws and only one win. Consequently, they stand at 19th place with 10 points in the Sky Bet Championship.
Steve Bruce seems to be the overwhelmingly popular choice for Aston Villa, given his track record at the KC Stadium. The Englishman helped to hoist Hull City back into the Premier League during his stint there, and that makes his the apparent choice for a club that is struggling to get back up. They are also trying to lure David Wagner away from Huddersfield, but it is unlikely that he would leave the club.
Despite the recent controversy, we think Sam Allardyce could be just the man that Villa needs. The man is after all the former coach of England, and can undoubtedly turn things around for the lions.