I have to admit, I voted for Hughton and rafa in the poll, BUT that was before we had spoken to ranieri, AVB and jol. After speaking to them, I can't help but think that hughton is a step backwards, a second choice so to speak.
It's like a rich man, wanting a car, not having enough for a Ferrari so buys a Peugeot 206.
Still, if it does turn out to be hughton, I will back him, get behind him and the team, like I've always done for the Albion. But part of me still hopes that we will land a 'big name' on the same scale as Roy was.
I think you need to change that sentence o "before we, the fans, spoke about those managers".
Jol and AVB WERE NEVER COMING and WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED!!!. They were concoctions of an over active imagination. Jol FFS! Yeah he was going to leave Fulham, above us in the table, regular top 10 club with better players, more ambitious summer plans and more money. Yeah he would come because we have more fans. Oh wait, they get better attendances than us nowadays. He will still come though.
AVB - this time last year the most talked about manager in the world. One bad spell at Chelsea and he all of sudden wants to take on a relegation battle in the premier league and not wait for a job in a country where he could challenge for the title (I guarantee his next job will be at a title challenger).
Ronald Koeman maybe, managing Feyernoord - one of the biggest names in Europe. A man who has never managed a club not challenging for champions league football. Much too big a name.
Michael Laudrup - who wont leave the Mediterranean unless you are offering big Rubles.
Im sorry to ran, but people really have got carried away these last few weeks. You need to all have a reality check and realise that we are a club who aim to finish 10th place and maybe get lucky in a cup without really trying. The new manager has to work on about the 15th-16th lowest budget in the league and is expected to get that to 10th place.
We wanted Martinez and considered Lambert but I think the club have realised both see us as a sideways step. Both local papers have said in the last few days Martinez has hinted he is not interested to the club. Ranieri was interviewed but he has thrown his name in every hat the last few weeks. He is currently trying to get the Fiorentina job. When the Viola fans found out, they started to protest. If a mid table club in Italy's fans are protesting about him, then why should we want him?
We were always going to be looking at a younger manager. Ole Gunner Solskjaer is a name but only has 2 seasons as a head coach - the same as Hughton. Villa are a bigger pull than us and if they are going for a manager with no experience then what choice do we have?
Hughton isnt a bad choice. He isnt exciting and he isnt a name to sign players but, reality check, players dont care about names nowadays. It's all about money - how many names did Robson attract? What Hughton has is a lot of experience and in his first 2 jobs he has taken a Newcastle side in disarray back to the premier league and left them in mid table. He then took over a Birmingam side in a similar position, selling all of their players and at the start of the season, using Chris Wood and Adam Rooney up front and managed to get them throguh a European campaign and into the play offs of the championship. 60 plus games with a threadbare squad for half a season and they still nearly got promotion. He is a playing it safe appointment. Ill be happy enough.