Re: First Team Manager Required
There's not really any such thing as a readymade identikit manager for a specific situation. Maybe at top level a club can be sure what it'll get with Pulis, Warnock or Allardyce in a backs-to-the-wall scenario in the Premier League or when needing to get out of the Championship. In the distant past, all three of those, especially Allardyce, have been in charge of clubs where their teams played far more expansive football than their current reputation gives them credit for. Craig Edwards might be close to that identikit at this level.
Margins are fine. There's a hell of a lot of luck involved in whether signings work out, how players respond to coaching methods and how resilient squads might be when under pressure if results take a turn for the worse. Take a look at two possible candidates for the K's hotseat: Dave Anderson and Terry Brown. I'm not saying the Club should go for either.
Both were seen as very successful when appointed at AFC Wimbledon.
The margins that saw Anderson fail to get the Wombles past this level, while Brown got them promoted twice through play-offs, were extremely slim. Anderson's Wombles got a daft red card in the play-offs at Bromley. Brown's Wombles had the run of the ball in the play-offs: edging a Staines side that was running on empty after a fixture pile-up and beating Luton on penalties.
Anderson had a long period away from the game after doing OK at Harrow, presumably still working as a van driver while doing his Non-League media stuff. Somehow he pitched-up at Chertsey Town with a £2,000 per week budget. Chertsey have predictably sluiced home in the Combined Counties League and have a Vase Final at Wembley to look forward to.
Meanwhile, Brown was lauded - and presumably well-rewarded - for getting the Wombles into the Football League. I doubt he was delivering to off-licences in a van to earn a crust. He subsequently shagged-up with plenty of cash (not Stuart) at Margate. He hasn't set the world on fire at Basingstoke. The full-time plan didn't work and they've just been relegated to Step 4 with Brown as Director of Football.
Was Anderson a worse manager at Wombles and Harrow than he was at Hendon?
Was Brown a better manager at Wombles than he had been at Hayes and Aldershot? Is he a useless twat now?
I doubt it in either case.
A promising young manager, seemingly without much relevant experience might work - a la Mourinho. A highly-qualified and universally well-thought-of young manager, without much experience, might shag-up - a la Villas-Boas or Ian Cathro.
A seemingly safe choice of an experienced manager may turn out to be anything but a safe choice.
Look at the choices Manchester United have made recently... or the choices Manchester City made over a period of 30+ years!
There are no right answers to this one.
Edited by Morgs at 13:26:08 on 29th April 2019
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