Originally posted by robbie carrobie
or a Scottish manager.
Name one, just one, who
- would have done it,
- for significantly (not a piddling 10% ) less pay, and
- could (be realistic!) have brought them to a higher spot on the table.
I doubt there is one.
could have done it, with the same unruly lot, but even that's no certainty. He rules Greater London United with an iron fist, only because he can
, and he can only because he's been there for donkey's years, and brought in all the players himself - and they know it. But he only could - he would not, ever, and he certainly won't for any less than Villas-Boas is getting.
Any other Scots top managers? Well, let's see... there's Kenny. He's currently managing to keep the Scousers two spots below
Chelsea. The other Scousers have a Scot, too. That's going well for them. They were seventh last year - now they're just above relegation. Prising Lennon or McCoist away from their clubs? Good luck with that...
Your best bet might be Stuart McCall, but I suspect he's having a bit too much fun right now to move quite yet. Perhaps next year, when he'll be more expensive.
But even then... better than fourth? Really? As good as, sure. Climbing over Noocassel's backs to third place at some time in the rest of the season, quite possible. Contender for the title? Pull the other one, it's got bells on. And they're all golden bells, and all paid for by Manchester's owners.
Now, you may well be correct in predicting the outcome of this state of affairs. Villas-Boas may well be sacked by Boxing Day. I would not at all be surprised. But, I repeat, that would not be because he's doing badly - it would be because the vampires of English sports "journalism" demand miracles from everybody, and are constantly craving for blood.