The way forward, the manager candidates, positives and negatives

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Leicester City will be searching for a new manager and so far it’s very early days with Adam Sadler and Mike Stowell given the job until a new solution is found.

Claude Puel was an odds favorite before the season to be the first to leave his job, so candidates have been listed up one by one at an earlier stage, some of those names are of course back in the frame, with new alternatives also listed.

Speculations are many, will Leicester City go for someone in a caretaker capacity as Man Utd have done and made huge success with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, or will they just try to find the next one as fast as lightening strikes, not much said so far.

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As TCF has said before, the problem for Leicester City isn’t really the management but what type of system and control the club have on sports development and how the club should be ran long term and of course the way of playing football.

As we could see with Claude Puel he tried to change both players and style and that is a tall order to manage with a group of old horses still very important for the team and if you have to change players at the age of 30+, then you are in difficulties.

Managers are coming in all types and shapes and they have their own ideas on how they would like to play football, what system their prefer and how they really like their teams to perform and look like, then you have to look at works best were you are going.

Leicester have since winning the 15/16 PL trophy tried to change their winning formula and changed back, as what happened when Craig Shakespeare took over from Claudio Ranieri who had started to transform his team into a more possession orientated side.

Claude Puel made a new version of a “hybrid” that now looked a bit toothless at times and the squad has been unstable with a lot of changes and troubled moves and transfers not really working out.

So why are those at the “Top” reluctant to all this and really have no idea on how this club should perform to win football games and what the platform should be. It’s not enough to build new facilities and have nice green grass to play on, you need to have an idea and long term ambition and really say it out load what that is, and moving the club forward with that as a target.

Leicester City had a great team in the PL winning season, with key players in that team picked up by Man City and Chelsea and even one of them going on to win the FA Cup, Premier League and World Cup.

The shape of the team that won the league was a perfect blend, that type of blend that often gives success. A great mix of players with a good past at the club, a few new faces at the right age and some with experience of winning that same trophy in the past.

The last and very important ingrediens is to have a few old and experienced heads, who are prepared to be able to step in when needed and not really asking for anything.

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The last little “secret” is to have a few young players really knocking on the door and make the competition stiff so that all are on their toes. This was also perfectly in place.

So what will a new manager inherit when coming in, first of all there are a lot of positives, but a lot is missing to get this back on track, since Claude Puel had introduced so many youngsters that you will be seeing performances with a great top level, but also low as the bottom of the sea, since the players are a bit young and the backbone of the team at the moment is shivering with players in their 30’s still having a big impact and also on long term deals.

Players are on the way out and the group that won the PL back in 15/16 are starting to age. To get the balance right again will be the most important job, to get in four to five players in the age group between 25 to 29, and hopefully again get the squad balanced right.

There should also be a discussion on what type of players you need for the style you should adapt to, and if you have a player like Jamie Vardy on a long term contract, surely his best skills should be taken into consideration.

Seeing the names listed is a thrill, since all these managers have a style and some of them will be adaptable, but in a way “romantically” turn back to were they came from, as you could see with Ranieri, and in a way not take into consideration the squad you have and how you work with players that might not be as adaptable as you would like them to be.

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Under you will find the candidates that we have found “in the papers”, those we believe are other good alternatives and a few just thrown in there to make it a bit more interesting.

  • Top Odds
    • Brendan Rodgers
      • positives, British, sort of adaptable, a good coach, can attract players
      • negatives, possession orientated, quite similar approach as Puel
    • Rafael Benitez
      •  positives, Experienced, good defensively, cool under pressure
      • negatives, possession orientated, quite similar approach as Puel
    • Roberto Martinez
      • positives, Experienced and good man management skills
      • negatives, A possession lover, Puel de lux
  • Middle Odds
    • Sean Dyche
      • positives, British, likes to do it simple, would love life with Vardy
      • negatives, Flintstone football, not really a squad at LCFC for his game
    • David Moyes
      • positives, British, likes to do it simple, would love life with Vardy
      • negatives, Flintstone football, not progressive, a bit old fashion
    • Sam Allardyce
      • positives, British, defensive genius, would love life with Vardy
      • negatives, Flintstone football, not progressive, a bit old fashion
  • Low Odds
    • Nigel Pearson
      • positives, British, gave birth to the counter attacking style at Leicester
      • negatives, grumpy, difficult to handle and a bit shady
    • Neil Lennon
      • positives, hard battling, a soldier, knows the hard way
      • negatives, grumpy, angry and not as tactical as you would like
    • David Wagner
      • positives, knows the PL, continental approach, can develop players
      • negatives, tense and eager to change too much to fast
  • Interim Alternatives
    • Micky Adams
      • positives, great coach, likeable, adaptable and pragmatic approach
      • negatives, not really in the game at the moment, too nice
    • Matt Elliott
      • Legend and MON based approach, great presence
      • Litte experience from management at this level
    • Michael Appleton
      • positives, knows this group well, pragmatic and no nonsense style
      • negatives, left just a few months ago, not really a fresh face
    • Harry Redknapp
      • positives, experienced and a great knowledge base
      • negatives, can’t sell and buy players which is his greatest asset
    • Craig Shakespeare
      • positives, knows the group well, would have sorted it out
      • negatives, got sacked, too fast to return at this stage probably
    • Adam Sadler / Mike Stowell
      • positives, knows the group well, great coaching abilities
      • negatives, no real management experience
  • Wild Cards
    • Peter Stöger
      • positives, counter attacking, continental and currently available
      • negatives, unknown to the PL, needs time to settle in
    • Mikel Arteta
      •  positives, the School of Pep and Wenger, great football mind
      • negatives, possession de lux, needs time, no management experience
    • Arsene Wenger
      • positives, experienced and heavily competitive, would lift spirit
      • negatives, inpatient, a bit grumpy, too demanding
    • Frank Lampard
      • positives, highly competitive, great football mind, great personality
      • negatives, unexperienced, a rookie and risky choice
    • Thierry Henry
      • positives, a great football mind, good coach, reachable
      • negatives, a bad start in management,
    • Patrick Vieira
      • positives, been abroad learning, good relations in the game
      • negatives, no PL management experience
    • Paul Clement
      • positives, underrated, and a great base of knowledge
      • negatives, not the best results in difficult circumstances
    • Graham Potter
      • positives, a great team builder and fantastic in bringing forward talent
      • negatives, not been showing enough at Swansea yet
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