Louis van Gaal is now the favourite for the Liverpool job, and if Kenny Dalglish was a disaster waiting to happen, there are few people with a better pedigree in Europe than the Dutchman.
The 60-year-old has seven league titles in three different countries, as well as reaching three Champions League finals, winning the first with Ajax.
And for those who are worried that he is another dinosaur who is out of touch with the modern game, it was only two years ago that he took Bayern to the Champions League final.
Liverpool are desperate to return to the pinnacle of English football, but compared to Roberto Martínez, André Villas-Boas, Brendan Rodgers or Rafael Benítez, van Gaal offers the strongest guarantee of it.
There is still a lot of work to overhaul what is currently a squad full of holes, but Van Gaal knows the European game better than most and should be capable of picking up a bargain from Holland or Spain rather than overpaying for another Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam or Stewart Downing.
There was speculation on Wednesday morning linking Zlatan Ibrahimović to Manchester City once again – if this is true it proves they haven’t learnt a thing.
City managed to win the league but if they had lost it – which they very nearly did – it would have been an embarrassing discard of the title.
The problem with City is that the amount of volatile characters at the club dictates that the dressing room is often fractured, red cards weaken them and players fail to perform to their best.
Belgium international and City captain Vincent Kompany can’t keep calm in the dressing room forever – especially if they go on a bad run – although he has done an amazing job so far.
Adding Ibrahimović to Carlos Tévez and Mario Balotelli – if they stay of course – will be a case of adding fuel to the arrogant inferno.
But City supporters surely have to agree that the disruptive elements need to be weeded out – not added to – and you don’t get a much bigger disruption than Ibrahimović.
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