The appointment of Norwich city’s new manager is seeming to take an age and all City fans are gagging for some news.
Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather that the board took a little longer and got it right than make the wrong decision because they rushed it.
So, who’s it going to be?
The big news yesterday was Gianfranco Zola admitting to Sky Sports that he was interested in the job and all the rumours and paper talk suggest he has been interviewed.
Today, the big news is that Neil Lennon has left Celtic and said ‘I’m looking forward to my next challenge.’ Does that mean he’s coming to Norwich?
Well, everything that I’ve been able to dig up from the internet suggests not and believe me, I’ve been looking. A BBC Sport article this afternoon suggests that if Lennon did come to Carrow Road he would be likely to appoint Chris Sutton as his assistant but local journalists reckon that Lennon is not in the frame, according to their colleagues in Scotland.
Malky Mackay has always been among the favourites but has that reputation of being a defensively minded tactician – something that we all had our fill of with the last manager.
The board say that they do listen to fans’ opinions and if that’s true then I think Zola could very well have a big shout at the job. He is an attack minded coach who likes to play football the ‘right way.’ Substitute that last phrase for the ‘Norwich way’ and you get the idea of why he would be a good fit.
He was a terrific player who played for Napoli, Palma and Chelsea among others as well as playing for Italy 35 times. In 2003 he was voted Chelsea’s greatest ever player. In 2002 he scored an unbelievable goal against Norwich in an FA cup replay when he scored with a back heel flick while fully off the ground – you young ‘uns check it out on YouTube.
He forged a decent managerial reputation at West Ham and then Watford but left Watford under difficult circumstances in December 2013.
Malky is an easy fit and he does know the league and club and owners but that may be too cosy for some and he has that ‘park the bus’ reputation.
Zola on the other hand is a worldwide name that could help sign players by his reputation as much as anything and has the necessary mind set of how we want to see football played.
I don’t have a favourite myself – I don’t know who should get the job. All the realistically available names are gambles to some extent and it’s a very hard decision to have to take. I wish the board luck and have to hope that they know their onions.
As the end of the second week of the managerial hunt approaches, odds are being slashed on Lennon and also Neil Adams with Malky still steady. There is money for Zola but it’s not overwhelming.
Meanwhile, the vacancy at Celtic could attract a man like Malky, who spent five years there in the mid nineties – if offered it could be hard for the Scotsman to turn down which would leave us in a pickle, if Malky is indeed the man the board want.