Kamara: Football clubs’ approach to replacing managers amazes me


Swansea’s search for a manager continues and it’s highlighted something that I cannot for the life of me understand.

They had a choice, stick with Garry Monk or make a change and the Swansea hierarchy have decided this is the way they want to go.

But now Swans fans are in this limbo of not knowing for sure who is going to take their club forward.

Football teams constantly do this, and it amazes me.

Why can’t owners have the replacements ready when they opt to part company with their manager?

It seems crazy to get into a situation where they have got rid of a club stalwart in Monk who would do anything for Swansea and not have in mind the man they 100 per cent want to come in and replace him.

Now they are there getting the football directory out, saying ‘Oh, the Argentine fella is available let’s see if he fancies it’.

That ‘Argentine fella’ is Marcelo Bielsa who is reportedly in talks to take over in south Wales.

We’ve seen it in the past with big name managers on the continent coming to the Premier League, and you just cannot guarantee how it’s going to go.

Dick Advocaat and Felix Magath are but two examples of this.

Advocaat came in and did an amazing job to keep Sunderland in the Premier League last season, while Magath, for all his lustre from his work at Bayern Munich and Schalke, took Fulham down to depths that they haven’t yet recovered from.

Appointing Bielsa would be a massive risk for Swansea in my book, especially as he doesn’t speak a word of English, but then again it is a gamble whoever they appoint, that’s the nature of football.

It obviously could work out for him if he gets the gig at the Liberty Stadium, we’ve learnt not to write people off already this season with Claudio Ranieri, but the whole approach to replacing managers in general astounds me.

Swansea City have done amazingly well since they arrived in the Premier League, with bosses as far back as Roberto Martinez laying the ground work for a great club structure and way of operating, but could this be their first hiccup? We’ll have to wait and see.

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Chris Kamara

Loveable Soccer Saturday pundit Kammy has been part of the furniture at Ladbrokes for a number of years. And now he's giving his exclusive opinions to Ladbrokes News!