OK, I’ll put my cards on the table. I’d like to see Trevor Brooking as manager with Paolo di Canio as his assistant. Ian Rush was on Sky this morning extolling PDC’s coaching abilitiy, which he has seen at first hamnd as they are both playing in the Charity Match tonight at Wembley (6pm ITV).
However, it ain’t gonna happen. The Sunday papers are full of stories about where things are, with many conflicting accounts. The most accurate article so far is ont he Fifa.com website which quotes Mike Lee, a Director at Upton Park, in an interview with 5 Live.
“There’s no favourite at the moment, we have set up a proper selection process. We have been surprised and pleased by the number of applications we have had and we are moving towards a short shortlist, and will ideally have a manager in place in time for the West Brom match next week. Slaven Bilic could potentially be on that shortlist but it depends very much upon his availability. If for whatever reason he was not available until January in terms of working with us, I’m afraid that will rule him out. We have a very strong shortlist and it’s going to be a tough decision with some exciting candidates. From the meetings that have taken place so far the two that have really shone have been Donadoni and Zola.”
Let’s assume this is the real shortlist – Bilic, Donadoni, Zola, Collins, Laudrup. Personally, I would go for Zola with PDC as his nmber two. The two of them were good friends in London and PDC would provide the man motivation skills which Curbishley and Day seemed to lack. However, Bilic is clearly the number one choice. I suspect there may be a compromise in which he continues to manage Croatia for their October qualifiers as well as managing West Ham.
The whole process seems to be bening handled very professionally, although perhaps a little too publicly for my liking. It seems clear that an appointment will be made this week.
UPDATE: The Mirror is reporting that David Moyes and Frank Rijkard are on the shortlist.