As the search continues for a new manager at Liverpool Football Club, the list of contenders to fill the vacant position at Anfield grows ever longer.
Sacking Kenny Dalglish was a brave decision from the club’s American owners, who made a bold statement to the incumbent manager by giving a club legend the chop.
Irrespective of success in cup competitions, an eighth-place finish in the Premier League was simply not good enough. Challenging for a return to the Champions League – in affect a top four finish – is the main priority.
And, whilst ‘King Kenny’ moves on – notably to a golfing event at Wentworth on Wednesday alongside the likes of Roberto Di Matteo – FSG continue to search for a person willing to take on that challenge.
If the latest reports are to be believed, then Fabio Capello might be that man.
Whilst ESPN sources suggested on Tuesday afternoon that contact has not been made between the Reds and Capello or Didier Deschamps, the bookmakers have taken little time to react.
The Italian’s record in club football is extremely successful, claiming titles in Italy and Spain with AC Milan, Roma and Real Madrid. He would still be the England manager were it not for the John Terry saga.
More importantly, the 65-year-old has a Champions League trophy on his CV, which will certainly appeal to FSG if that’s one of the key components their searching for.
Fan group ‘Spirit of Shankly’ aren’t so sure though, and feel they’ve once again been left in the dark by owners from the USA.
"It may be that yourselves and the board of Liverpool Football Club have a vision you are working towards. It may be that you have implemented a strategy to deliver that vision and decisions are being made to work towards this,” read the open letter to FSG.
"However, from the outside, where supporters find themselves once again, it looks like a football club in disarray. Confusion and chaos seems to reign and no one is coming out of this with much credit, particularly the football club's image and brand.”
Whilst John W. Henry is unlikely to lose much sleep over the letter, he will be eager to keep the fans onside at Anfield. Both he and his partners were on to a winner when replacing Tom Hicks and George Gillett, but fans need to see changes sooner rather than later if they are to be convinced that the club is moving in the right direction.
With experience in making changes for success at the Boston Red Sox – Henry arrived at Fenway Park in 2002 and helped the team win a first MLB title in 86 years – a plan is most certainly in place.
It remains to be seen whether they involve Capello, and reports in today’s Independent claim ‘Don Fabio’ is waiting just like Reds fans for the next move to be made.
Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Martinez are the first-choice options though, if you believe the reports, whilst former manager Rafael Benitez is the romantic’s choice if not the owners.
Capello would happily argue a case against all those ‘opponents’, but it’s ultimately not his decision. His record with the Three Lions might not sit well with the fans on Merseyside either.
All supporters can do is sit, wait and pray that the right decision is made for the long run. And Capello might not be a bad choice.
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