Potential New Managers
Given that few on here are very positive about another season under NW, and also acknowledging that he’s only likely to be here for one more season, who would you like to take over the Manager’s role?
Would McLaren be an option that was acceptable? How about Big Sam?
Who’s on your wish list?
only joking 🙃
Firstly I should say that I am positive about NW as he seems to me to be the best overall club manager that we have had in the last ten years at least. However, at his age one cannot count on much longer and even if he stays on as a Consultant/Adviser to SG, we will need another hands on manager. I wonder if SG will be tempted back to Woodgate with NW to oversee him? That would certainly set social media ablaze. Maybe even a move to bring back Southgate after England fail to win the Euros.
More in the realm of reality, how about Chris Wilder after he has had six months to charge his batteries. It would be the Sheffield United old boys club.
or how about Nuno now that he has left Wolves.
Never Fat Sam.
Looks like Gibson will go from an experienced manader to a rookie and vise verse. So I think the next one is a rookie one in turn.
Mind, we have had some good young managers in several cases. Like Big Jack.
During Gibson days, we have had McClaren, Karanka and Southgate (see where he is now). Even Woody could come good.
Ii is difficult to say who next. But I wish we could have Mogga once more or Southgate back. I even would take Woody with Warnock upstairs. I do not know many young candidates but there must be plenty out there.
Thank you Martin for opening the debate. Up the Boro!
Fat Sam would be a step too far for me, I’m afraid and as much as I think NW could help Woodgate in the job, I think he’d struggle to get the fans onside.
An interesting topic but one where it is difficult to come up with a choice given we do not know how long NW's tenure will last (I have already said not long if the team continues to play like it did for most of the latter part of last season and with crowds back in grounds) and who will be available when he does leave.
Some of the names already mentioned, Lampard, Wilder etc look as though they may already be with new clubs before the start of the new season.
It is probably easier to pick who you would not want and for me that includes SA and JW. The former because of the type of football he tends to serve up and the latter because he is still on a steep learning curve and the majority of fans would just not accept him. 😎
Perhaps we should take the comment that next season will be Neil Warnock's last as a manager with a pinch of salt. I noticed as far back as 2008, when Warnock was placed in charge of Palace he stated that that would be his last managerial role in football.
He left Palace at the end of January 2010 after they were placed into administration but then actually took over at QPR a few months later in March and gained promotion to the PL the following season. However, he left the hoops in January 2012 after a string of eight game without a win left them just one point and one place above the relegation zone, blaming the delayed take-over and financial restrictions.
Warnock announced he had spent a long time in the game and was now going to spend time with his family and friends. Though he actually took over at Leeds a month later but only lasted just over a year at Elland Road after a run of bad results ended their play-off challenge leaving his team in mid-table but only 5 points off a relegation place in a tight table.
He was back in football the following year after returning to Palace to take over from Tony Pulis but was dismissed after the club fell into the bottom three after another bad run of results. He then re-joined QPR again but as first team advisor but ended up back in temporary charge as manager.
Warnock was then appointed manager at struggling Rotherham in February 2016, who had dropped into the bottom three but he succeeded in keeping them up with an unbeaten run of eleven games including the manager-of-the-month award for March. At the end of the season he announced that he wanted one more year managing in the Championship with Rotherham but didn't agree terms with the club. He subsequently took over at Cardiff in October instead, where he won promotion with them in his second season but they struggled in the PL and came straight back down - with Warnock being dismissed in November 2019 after a home defeat to Bristol left them in 14th place.
As we know, he replaced Woodgate in June 2020 after a Covid-affected season with eight game remaining saw Boro only outside the bottom three on goal difference. He says he now wants one more season managing in front of supporters and would like to go out on a high with a shot at promotion. OK, he'll be 73 in December and he may mean it this time - but I suspect football is a drug for Warnock that may be a hard habit to kick while he's physically still able to do the job.
There are no signs of him slowing down and he even shrugged off Covid last year - perhaps he's got his eye on being the oldest PL manager ever the following season beating Roy Hodgson's 73 years and 42 days record. Though if Joe Biden can handle the more demanding role of running the US at 78, he may have a few more years yet left in the tank!
Nuno signed a contract for three years a few months ago at Wolves, I believe he has struggled with being apart from his family, and the parting was strongly linked to that fact. So I believe he will be disappearing abroad to be with his family.
Potential New Managers Contd
One of our greatest captains has just retired from football.
As well as Sunderland, Leadbitter is a legend on Teesside too where he spent seven years of his career, captaining the Boro to promotion in 2016 under Aitor Karanka.
Leadbitter may yet to decide to play on but should he decide to hang his boots up he's already started his coaching badges and discussed on the official Sunderland AFC Unfiltered podcast that youth/academy coaching was something that particularly interested him.
Maintaining close relationships with many people at Rockliffe, including academy boss Craig Liddle and U23 manager Graeme Lee, it's not beyond the realms of possibility that Leadbitter one day returns to Boro in that kind of capacity.
Alternatively he could work with the current managerial team learning the ropes whilst he obtains his coaching badges and becomes the first team coach bringing success to the Boro
he'd be a real inspiration to the U-18s and U-23s whilst learning his coaching ropes.