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  • kopalot79 kopalot79 Nov 20, 2009 04:43 Flag

    GUSS HIDDINK 4 Liverpool

    Now theres a headline I'd like to see.

    I'd still take Martin O'Neil or Martin Jol over Rafa all day long. Both quality managers who players respect. I mean who'd fight Jol eh?

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    • MON will not leave Villa, where he has it very good and has a good core of young english players (and a couple of older english players). Also various spats between us and Villa will not help us trying to pry him away.

      Jol: Not bothered. PandS was universally panned for cozing up to him. He had a chance at raiding the top four spot and then what happened? He collapsed under the pressure and was replaced in record time.

      Of course you could just support your current manager....radical idea, i know.

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      • O'Neill, Jol, Hiddink.

        Those names command TOTAL respect from the players. They are most likely to get the best of of a bad bunch. And believe me, we have a BAD bunch. After 6 years we have the most weakened team in years. The reason why they are weak is they have no strength behind them ie Rafa. We'd be doing a lot better with one of those 3 in charge

      • Martin O'Neil seems a great manager but is unproven at our level. Its one thing over acheiving with a strong budget or winning the scottish league but a whole different story to not be allowed to lose a match ever! The moment Russia got knocked out of the play off, this post had become inevitable but surely we would rather be linked with a manager that had actually managed to beat the rather pathetic Slovenia. Rafa is the man for this job and unless there is talk of a 'proven' world class manager then I would never want him it to change.

    • i reckon give martin o neil a chance rafa has run out of ideas

    • Hiddink yes (record speaks for itself)
      MON yes (even though he isn't proven at a top team)
      Jol...... er no

      DReam choice would be Mourinhio, but if not it would have to be a top manager, someone who commands respect but also is a good man manager.

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      • Mourinho looks like he's out of Inter (if the newspapers can be believed......again) by the end of the season and the EPL would be his target.

        Unfortunately for the Mourinho lovers, he's also being touted for the job at City replacing Hughes (very attractive for him), coninciding with SAF's retirement at United (very attractive for him) and replacing Rafa. I honestly can't see him wanting to take us over after we spend god knows how many millions buying Rafa and his staff out then leaving Mourinho with virtually nothing to spend.

        Again, just to clarify, the above is just newspaper talk atm.

    • The only poster that has suggested Martin Jol before is P&S....

    • daniel b...Clearly the Spanish selectors have every confidence in Arbeloa as their starting fullback..a player Benitez gave away for 3 and a half million but yes with u on the fact u would have rather had both players on the books. Ah well soon Benitez will be gone via which ever conspiracy feat REAL MADRID or whoever else might be in the frame the WOODEN PLANKS the Arabs whoever who cares just get the clown down the road and ....APOINT KING KENNY...NOW !!!

    • I do remember him lining up on the left that one time, but not sure I'd call him cover, unless maybe it’s a choice between him and Dossena.

      As for not allowing Arbeloa to go, and taking the risk he'd run his contract down and we'd lose him on a free, I think in hindsight your right. However, as they say hindsight is always 20/20.

      Amazing really, since Skrtel came to the club we've had 3 really good CB's. Maybe not world class, but damn good quality. But over that time we've just not had consistent pairing due to injury. I doubt anyone could have anticipated all 3 going down as they did for a time this season, and I'm not sure but think we only went for the Greek after we'd lost Carra and Skrtel in the collision of heads, and while Agger was still not 100% fit. So it was a last minute thing rather than a planed replacement move.

    • To be fair, Rafa wanted to keep Arbeloa but he new he would play second fiddle but also was homesick, he was a good servant and we made a little profit so happy days i guess.

    • Colin, I don't follow Spanish football that much, but is Arbeloa really starting ahead of Ramos at RB these days? I know Arbeloa got the nod on some of Spain’s most recent games as they really were only dead rubbers, but I thought Ramos was still the first choice, and by quite a wide margin. But maybe I'm wrong.

    • Martin O'neil would be a candidate should Rafa ever go, he hasnt won anything with Villa yet or come even close, in fact last season he threw away the uefa cup then threw away 4th spot, not that it was his in the first place but that doesnt make him the man for the job. Johnson over arbeloa all day but they are a different kind of player.

    • Then you are an idiot.

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