Here’s a thought. Sven’s off to the industrial north west to the Eastlands stadium where the most exotic manager they’ve had was probably Mel Machin. I know they are owned by the Thai guy now but it all seems so incongruous for the urbane sophisticated former manager of Lazio, Benfica, Gothenburg, Sampdoria and England to end up in Gorton (my father’s p.o.b).
Conversely that embodiment of the uncouth Dudloy boy made good in’t’north, big Sam Allardyce, has ended up at the theatre of wishful thinking St James’ Park, where the level of exotica in managerhood has been taken to the ultimate by Freddy ‘for I am the’ Shepherd and thou shall not want (check out the freddy and sammy bog). Don’t you think everybody concerned here acted a little prematurely and that big Sam’s natural home is at Man City up against Sir AF in madchester (what a scrap) and that Sven ought to be at Newc Utd with the new mysterious owner, who’s also rich and inscrutable? Couldn’t the new Chairmen just agree to a swap deal never before seen in English football so that they can get on and start the new season with the managers they both deserve.