Ahead of what is sure to be a busy summer of managerial movement, developments have surfaced concerning Manchester City and West Ham.
The Citizens, it would appear, are ready to keep Manuel Pellegrini, while their east London counterparts are set to have a natter with Besiktas boss Slaven Bilic to see if he fancies replacing Sam Allardyce.
In a club run so erratically as Man City, a reported decision to stick with the Chilean after he failed to bolster their silverware collection this season ranks as a major development in their plans for world domination.
Conversely, David Gold and David Sullivan’s alleged idea to make a rare foray into the alien world of continental coach recruitment to succeed veteran Irons chief Allardyce represents an enormous risk.
Here’s why one side has got it so right, while the other is in danger of making a horrlicks.
The news that Pellegrini may now be staying at the Etihad will refute the speculation harboured by the masses that he would be sacked after a disappointing campaign, as was the case with predecessor Roberto Mancini.
Realising that his efforts have been undermined by the poor recruitment of Spanish duo Fran Sorriano and Txiki Begiristain suggests that the sky blue shot-callers have happened across the universally acknowledged belief that sustained success cannot be achieved without stability.
After landing a domestic double in his first season at the helm, dispensing with Pellegrini just a year on would be incredibly harsh and undeserved.
The fact that Bilic is now just 4/1 to take the reigns for the final campaign at Upton Park suggests he’s in with a real chance of actually landing the job, but such a move could well prove fatal.
If he doesn’t win the Turkish league this season – and with five points separating his Besiktas outfit from the summit with four to play, doing so will be tough – the Croat’s most noteworthy achievements in management will be beating a woeful England side at Wembley in Euro 2008 qualifying and knocking Liverpool reserves out of the Europa League.
The Croatia team he guided to Euro 2008 at England’s expense was laden with great players, but the same outfit failed to even make the play-offs for the World Cup two years later.
Hardly a glittering CV and when the Hammers’ recent travails when appointing foreign coaches are considered, the move promises to end disastrously.
Italian Gianfranco Zola almost took them down in 2009/10 before Avram Grant managed to pull it off a year later.