There is no surprise as to why Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay and Swansea City's Michael Laudrup are being touted for bigger jobs in the near future, but could they be tempted to remain put?
David Moyes' exit in the summer left a managerial vacancy at Everton which Mackay was instantly linked with, whilst Laudrup was heavily backed at the bookies to replace Barcelona manager Tito Villanova.
Neither of these rumours materialised but for those around Welsh football, these rumours were far from surprising. Nowadays both managers seem fairly settled at their respective posts and why wouldn't they be?
Cardiff City have finally fulfilled their aim of reaching the 'promised land' whilst being backed heavily by the funds of eccentric owner Vincent Tan, whilst Swansea City are gracing football stadiums all over Europe thanks to their FA cup win granting them a place in the Europa League.
Clearly there are current reasons as to why Laudrup and Mackay would remain in Wales, but what about the long-term? The simple answer to that is: the chance to instigate a Welsh football dynasty.
The failed attempts of the Wales national side to reach a major international tournament over the past decade have been made all the more apparent in comparison to the growing stature of the Wales Rugby Union side; it's about time Mackay and Laudrup help put Welsh football on the sporting map.
This takes nothing more than consistency and loyalty.
Consistency - As long as Cardiff and Swansea continue to achieve success wherever possible, the popularity of football amongst welsh youngsters will increase. South Wales will be recognised for it's footballing talent thus convincing youngsters to ditch the oval shaped balls in favour of the 'beautiful game.'
Loyalty - The aforementioned consistency can only be achieved in the long-term if the two managers show loyalty to their chairman and club by refusing to envisage themselves working anywhere else.
If Mackay and Laudrup remain loyal to their Welsh club sides, then the players will receive a confidence boost spurring them on to success on the pitch - success achieved through a consistent standard and brand of football.
With domestic football thriving in Wales, the national side can be inspired to revive their faltering attempts and look forward to fighting for a place at Euro 2016.
This place at Euro '16 would then in turn inspire welsh youngsters to continue to pursue their footballing dreams. Therefore, Wales as a nation must implore Malky Mackay and Michael Laudrup to remain where they are, if it ever wants to see the Wales national side achieve success on a global scale.
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