When Chris Coleman left his post as Wales manager, 10 days ago, you would’ve assumed it was going to be for a team like Barcelona, given the hysteria over the former Fulham manager’s ‘achievements’ with the Welsh national side.
Had Coleman guided Wales to a European Championship semi-final defeat to Portugal, at any point between Euro 96 and Euro 2012, then plaudits would’ve well and truly been deserved. However, with Euro 2016 becoming the first time 24 teams were allowed to qualify for the tournament – an increase of 50% – a bit of perspective was needed.
Thankfully, the footballing world was given that, when it was revealed that Coleman was leaving the Wales job to takeover at relegation-threatened Championship side, Sunderland; a job more befitting of Chris Coleman’s managerial achievements.
💯 Chris Coleman don’t last the season at Sunderland! Will see what bang average manager he is!
— Simon Blagrove (@Blagsy13) November 17, 2017
Coleman is reportedly believed to have taken over the Black Cats without realising that he can no longer call upon Gareth Bale – to just confirm, whenever Coleman discussed tactics, passion, pride and the team, he was basically just going: “Bale, Bale, Bale, Bale.”
The shortlist to replace the one-time Real Sociedad manager is a list filled with realism. The bookies favourites for the job are as follows: Ryan Giggs, Tony Pulis, Mark Hughes, Thierry Henry, Craig Bellamy, Carl Robinson, Rob Page, Simon Davies and Paul Trollope – it wouldn’t be a managerial vacancy if Ryan Giggs wasn’t involved.
Tony Pulis is the manager Wales deserve and should probably go for. However, the belief that the Welsh national side are above the type of football Pulis is associated with, means they won’t go down that route.
The Thierry Henry inclusion is an interesting one, with the Arsenal legend currently assistant manager of Belgium, so the Frenchman’s managerial experience at international level will be a bonus. And you get the feeling that Henry is looking for someone to take a chance on him – this could be an unorthodox match made in footballing heaven (If Henry’s idea of footballing heaven is Hal Robson-Kanu fluffing chances from three yards).
But who do the fans want to try and replicate this year’s impressive inability to qualify for the World Cup? Taking all tweets that mentioned ‘Wales job’ and the candidate of choice, since Coleman’s exit until today, the Twittersphere has spoken!
More so than club level, international management is a lot about being a great man manager, and getting your side up for the task at hand during the short timeframe you’re all together.
But Giggs won’t be endorsed for ‘charisma’ on LinkedIn anytime soon. However, there’s every chance the Manchester United stalwart will be offered the Wales job due to the fact he is a) Welsh and b) had a good footballing career.
Because that’s a great hiring strategy.