Aston Villa Talk on Manager Candidate Qualities

Commentary on Guzan's forthcoming new boss...

Prior Premiership managing experience a necessity in Villa coaching search. Tweeted the info earlier, but want to make sure TSG readers not on Twitter got it. Part of it below…

To date, we have immersed ourselves in the process of appointing a new manager and clearly identifying the key criteria this person must meet.

Two of the traits we believe are of crucial importance are that candidates have experience of managing in the Premier League and a strategy for building on the existing strengths in our current squad.

You can read the official statement from the club here.

Some potential candidates from TSG: Gareth Southgate, Martin Jol, Glen Roeder and Alan Curbishley.

I’d bet my money on Southgate or Curbishley.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ryan R. on 2010/08/29 at 4:02 PM

    Jol remains the best candidate IMO, but he won’t be easy to get. Premiership experience is overrated IMO, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to rule out anyone that Aston Villa would be very sorry to miss out on.


  2. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/08/30 at 6:02 AM

    I believe Lerner will play it safe and go with a candidate that has less ‘perceived’ risk such as a fairly familiar name. If he hires a relatively ‘unknown’ manager, and it doesn’t go to well, the stuff is going to hit the fan. I think there is just too much at stake for Lerner to get a manager in from Grampus Eight for example. I cannot see that happening again.

    Regarding PL experience, I think that shouldn’t be a deal breaker, at all, as long as the candidate has top level managerial experience. After all, Mourinho and Ancelotti didn’t do too badly did they? I just think that whatever manager Lerner gets will be inferior to O’Neill. O’Neill left because after two 6th place finishes (and last year they finished 6 points behind Spurs), he had the fight and ambition to take Villa to the next level – CL. Which requires more investment. Now, I am not saying that Lerner was wrong to be prudent and financially responsible, just saying that the next manager will have to be happy with a UEFA Cup spot at best. After a couple of seasons of consolidation, what ambitious manager is going to be happy with that? I see deja vu for Villa or they employ somebody who accepts the financial conditions.

    Employing Southgate would be an emotional and popular choice, and as much as I hate to say it, the wrong choice. He just doesn’t have the proven credentials to manage a top PL club (yet). Plus he doesn’t have his UEFA Pro licence which is a requirement to manage in Europe’s top leagues (obviously not for older managers with X years of top flight experience).


  3. I don’t envy the managers, owners and chairpeople of any of the middle table clubs in England; Villa, City (prior to investment), Everton, Spurs, and Bolton in the Big Sam days, amongst others. All of these clubs have put together an assault on the Top 4 at some point in the last decade, and (without some serious fact checking) I believe only Spurs last season and Everton 4 years ago or so have been able to do it. Usually this assault is followed by a year or two languishing around 10th place and then a return to 5th or 6th.

    Accomplishing this feat on a shoestring budget deserves plaudits of the highest order, but it also puts everyone around the club in a weird position. They’ve tasted success and it isn’t in human nature to say that finishing 4th, 5th, or 6th was great and probably the boys punching above their weight and everyone should be happy if the team can stay above 10th this coming term. But in reality a threadbare squad like Villa, especially after selling off it’s two biggest assets the last two years, or Everton should bethrilled that they’ve finished 5th or 6th.

    So as an owner, manager, etc. how do you properly set expectations for the coming season while still being optimistic and ambitious, all while having a pittance to spend on squad strengthening? Regardless of who takes over at Villa, I thnk they need to take a serious look at their youth academy (not that it’s bad at all). Their academy is going to be the cheapest and possibly only route to future success and squad replacement, at until the money is there for some more investment.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/08/30 at 9:00 AM

      And the one thing that I forgot to mention, is that if Lerner gets the wrong manager in, and players don’t buy into his vision, all it takes is for Young and Downing (for example) to hand in a transfer request and that could see all of the hard work of the previous few seasons being undone, as other players might follow suit.


      • Precisely the reason to stay away from Coach Sweats. He’s great at building a cohesive unit and getting everyone to play for the badge and for each other; however, that’s something that takes a little time to build up and bringing in a coach who has shown himself to be limited tactically at times would probably be a nightmare in the short term.


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