Short or Long Term Problems? Alternatives

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In the final piece of Josh Flint’s look at the problems, he casts an eye over the lack of alternative available managerial options.

This is Mark Hughes’ team. Out of the current squad, only Jack Butland, Glenn Whelan, Charlie Adam, Ryan Shawcross, Jon Walters and Peter Crouch were signed by Tony Pulis.

If we lose to West Brom and choose to sack Mark Hughes, the options to replace him are not ideal. Roberto Mancini was one name I heard bandied around. Despite his success at Manchester City, he has not done a lot since and I have to question his ability to work under a budget, as well as whether he would be happy working with a player he sold in Xherdan Shaqiri. For me that is a non-starter.

Another approach I heard was to ‘test Bournemouth’s resolve for Eddie Howe’. As much as I admire the work he is doing there, even I would consider it a side-step when he is being linked with taking over at Arsenal when Arsene Wenger retires/leaves the club.

Whilst we are in a slightly better financial position than Bournemouth, they have the strength of being a club based in the south of England, a great lure for bringing in players.

The only name I’ve been able to come up with that ticks a few boxes is a name I know would be disliked by a lot of supporters– Tim Sherwood. Whilst inexperienced compared to Hughes, in the two jobs he has had he has brought through youth players (Harry Kane, Nabil Bentaleb, Jack Grealish) whilst getting misfiring forwards firing again (Emmanuel Adebayor and Christian Benteke).

Would it be worth the risk though? Despite putting his name out there, even I cannot say I would take that gamble with the stake being Premier League football.

Right now, it seems it is better to stick and support than twist and risk?

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