Date: 21st January 2014 at 8:20am
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Those who believe in criticising before the event maintain that Sherwood is not up to the job of managing a club like ours, we need an experienced manager.

Putting Sherwood’s abilities to one side for a moment we need to be clear on what is meant by experienced. After all there are plenty of experienced managers in the lower leagues, it doesn’t mean you’d be happy with them running your club. What is really meant is a ‘big name’ someone, inevitably foreign, who has managed at the top level. Fair enough, but there is a problem. There is a pecking order for managers, just like there is for players.

At the moment you would have to say there are two outstanding managers in European football now Ferguson has retired; Guardiola and Mourinho. There is zero possibility either will ever manage our club. It gets worse of course. City, Chelsea, United and Arsenal (if they ever actually need a new manager) are ahead of us in terms of attractiveness to any top manager, since it is a European wide industry add in Bayern, Madrid, Barcelona etc. So we are never going to get the really big name, only the slightly smaller name, the guy who’s been there but not really done it or the guy whose best days are behind him.

Rather than a recipe for getting to the next level its a recipe for ticking over, for finishing where we currently are. That was probably Liverpool’s thinking when they appointed Rodgers, like us they couldn’t sign the best so they decided to gamble, so far it seems to be working. Let’s be clear, this is nothing to do with Sherwood, whether he turns out to be brilliant or a disaster the argument stands. We can’t sign the very best managers, we’re too far down the pecking order. So either we gamble or we appoint a proven journeyman and stay where we are, there’s no safe option to take us to the next level.

Written by jod