Three Managerial Returns We Want To See In The Summer
April 21, 2016
When you think about it, the Premier League’s managerial merry-go-round is so relentless that we are bound to see good characters come and go with regularity. This means that managers we love often disappear for a period of time, whether they are simply enjoying a hiatus from the madness or honing their skills oversees (Steve McClaren, anyone?) There are certainly a few that have left our shores recently, many of whom we would welcome back in a heartbeat.
With this in mind, here are three managerial returns that we are longing to see this summer…
Let’s start with the obvious, as Jose Mourinho provides the kind of edge and needle that makes top-level sport so fascinating. While he may not be to everyone’s tastes and his flair for finding trouble may have compromised his previous tenure with Chelsea, his persona blends a unique combination of charm and malice that is unpredictable in the extreme. This makes for great, box office viewing, whether the Portuguese becomes the incumbent at Manchester United or elsewhere in the Premier League.
If nothing else, the prospect of Mourinho attempting to irk the usually unflappable Pep Guardiola next season is a truly mouth-watering one!
While some may have baulked at his David Brent-esque philosophy and well-spoken manner, the fact remains that Brendan Rodgers produces attacking and stylish football teams that are extremely pleasing on the eye. The driving force behind the establishment of Swansea as a Premier League force, Rodgers also took Liverpool to the brink of their first title in 24 years in 2014 on the back of intense pressing, searing pace and wonderfully attacking football. This is something we want to see again, and with Rodgers poised to make a return to the Liberty Stadium this summer we may get our wish.
While the dour Scotsman may not be the most articulate or charismatic of coaches, his honesty, integrity and penchant for hard-work means that it is almost impossible to dislike the former Everton and Manchester United manager. We want Moyes to return to the Premier League for the same reason that we were pleased to see Steve McClaren at Newcastle, as it will give an affable, talented but often underrated manager an opportunity to redeem his ailing reputation.
While it may not have worked out for McClaren at St. James’ Park, we cannot wait to see a determined and hungry Moyes back in the top flight.