Rafael Benitez was also a hot candidate four years ago, but back then the race was written early on, and the favorite for the job at the bookies and also among the experts was also the one landing the position in the end.
The situation was a bit different and the change done a bit earlier, as it was with Craig Shakespeare and Claudio Ranieri, being able to get more time to adjust, this time caretakers will be in charge in more than one game, as it could be close to the end when a new man walks in.
To count on an interim manager team so close to the end of the season is in real a massive gamble, but it could also lead to players taking more responsibility, and that must be the clear idea from the interim men.
Looking at the different lists of the bookies, Paddy Power, does bring an interesting read. Early on Martin O’Neill was mentioned as a possible man to step in short term and as a possible interim man. Benitez and Solskjaer also seen possible as men to do the job until the summer and if it worked out, being also a long term option.
Martin O’Neill is not in this list of possible new manager candidates, and among those mentioned there are managers of other clubs, and two of them are Danish. Kasper Hjulmand and Tomas Frank are the two in such a list, so why are Leicester in real looking for when appointing a new manager, of course, avoid relegation, and who can do that, or will they wait until the end of the season to do their choice.
In the past Leicester have made appointments of different types. Claude Puel and Claudio Ranieri were both available when they came in, Brendan Rodgers was approached and at the time in charge of Celtic.
Leicester must be looking for a permanent solution at some point, but also gone for a interim manager in the past with Nigel Worthington and Dave Basett coming to mind, Bassett had no luck in keeping Leicester up (01/02), with Worthington managing to avoid relegation (06/07).
Looking at the candidates in of the bookies, most are similar, with one or two names different, and at this point no man from lower leagues are suggested as the majority talk goes towards and experienced coach at this point.
The fact that Graham Potter got the sack at Chelsea just hours after Graham Rodgers left Leicester, made a grand change on the list of candidates and the former Brighton man became an instant favorite.
News from Spain about Rafa and an that an approach allready had been made, was fast forgotten as the gossip moved towards Potter, but with him being quoted, saying he would not walk into anything at this point, suddenly Craig Shakespeare had been seen walking in and around Seagrave.
At this point little or nothing is known about the vacant position, and surely not jump up and down, call one man and then another, they will of course have a list and if an approach is made, they will not wait for days to get a yes or no, but at this point we feel that nothing is concrete and the fact that we are just 9 games down after Villa tonight, makes a move for a temporary man less.
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