Monday, 16 May 2011

A Tale of Two Johns

Rumours have been circling since the end of February now as to who will be City’s next permanent manager. Peter Jackson, Keith Hill, John Still, Alan Knill to name a few. Even more ridiculous has been the recent rumour that Roy Keane is to take over with Nicky Butt coming in as player/coach. Even Tommy Doherty pulled a few fans in yesterday commenting on Twitter that Ronnie Moore was to be appointed the new full time manager at City. A decision which would have proved somewhat unpopular. With John Still’s rejection of the job in the weekends Sun, some snippets of information have emerged today that point towards many people’s first choice, John Coleman, being the man the club are hoping to appoint. All this depends on whether Accrington are promoted, which after last night’s results is looking unlikely.

What the chances of Coleman being appointed are, I don’t know, but he fell from 20/1 to 7/1 with the bookmakers pretty sharpish. And they don’t often get things wrong – unless it’s placing Bradford City as promotion favourites!

Coleman, though, would seem an unlikely appointment given what we were told earlier this year that City could not afford the compensation that would be required to buy him out of his contract at Stanley. And with the seemingly never ending ‘financial problems’ paying out that sort of cash seems more unlikely now than ever. But perhaps these were the big plans Ross Hannah has referred to since signing.

But what would Coleman bring to the job? He has finished in a higher position for each of his 11 years in charge of Accrington Stanley, culminating in them hitting the play offs this year. An achievement considering the budget and expectations at the club. He is a manager that brings the best out of players, maximising their talent and getting results with it. He also tends to have faith in youngsters released from other clubs, something which management at VP would be very keen on.

We will have to wait and see, but I would welcome Coleman as the new man for City.  

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