The Premier League is described as the best division in the world, so why doesn’t anyone appear to want the Liverpool or Aston Villa jobs?
Almost two weeks after Manchester City clinched the title in dramatic fashion and we have two vacant managerial positions at, what the respective sets of supporters will claim, are big clubs.
Liverpool have an extensive shortlist but among the managers not interested are Brendan Rogers and Frank de Boer, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has snubbed Villa.
Why? Well there are obvious reasons but perhaps the only clubs decent managers are really interested in managing in the Premier League are the top four and Chelsea.
Liverpool are a club in decline and the same can be said for Villa with a lot of hard work needed to change both club’s fortunes at the expense of success.
But success, and it coming immediately, is what both clubs want but they aren’t likely to get it and perhaps that is why no-one is interested in the Liverpool or Villa job.
You never want to rush into appointing a manager, far from it, but when is long enough? Look at what happened to Wolverhampton Wanderers and who they got in.
Newcastle United’s new signing Romain Amalfitano is a relative unknown but that is probably a good thing.
Newly crowned Barclays and League Managers Association Manager of the Year Alan Pardew is already looking to build on this season’s successful campaign by bolstering his Newcastle squad.
The first name through the door is French midfielder Amalfitano, arriving in the north east on a free transfer after helping Stade de Reims earn promotion to Ligue 1.
Given Pardew’s track record he could very well bagged another unknown superstar in the 22-year-old Amalfitano.
Not many people new about the likes of Yohan Cabaye or Cheick Tioté before they rocked up for the Magpies, and you could probably even add the goal machine that is Papiss Cissé to that list.
However all of Pardew’s “punts” have made a stunning impact at the Magpies and just because we haven’t heard of Amalfitano doesn’t mean he won’t be a success in England.
Probably the opposite if Pardew’s history in the transfer market has taught us anything.
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