AVB's No 2?
Now perhaps I am lacking imagination, but I am really struggling to think of a credible assistant manager to Andre Villas-Boas.
When AVB was first linked to the position, I felt that Tim Sherwood would be an excellent choice, especially if the policy was to go with youth, because Tim appears to have built up a real understanding with the young players, whilst also having spent time with the club, which perhaps just counters his lack of experience in the role, but he does appear to be well thought of and seems a quick learner.
Many fans in the forum have suggested Ray Wilkins, but as much as I like him as a person. Is he too Chelsea Blue to ever be a Lillywhite? If I were to look at my perfect partner for Andre, I would consider a man with age and experience, but is that really important, as long as the individual has the respect of the players? I suppose it is also essential that both manager and assistant have chemistry and can work together regardless of age. finally does the No2 have to be English or have a good understanding of the Premiership?
Another former Chelsea man, Ricardo Carvalho has been suggested by some, I suppose following his link as part of a deal to take Luka Modric to Real Madrid. Again, there are the positives of Carvalho having the experience of playing in England and being fluent in the language, but we are back to someone with no coaching experience.
To be honest, I am totally clueless as to not only who the club are targeting, but also who would be interested or available. Judging by the suggestions across the web, it seems I am not alone in my lack of ideas. It has crossed my mind that perhaps we could tempt someone like Charlton manager Chris Powell. A Spurs fan and someone who has a proven managerial record as well as being a recently retired player. Others like Kenny Jacket or Dougie Freedman have good credentials, but would they be interested in swapping a Championship No1 for Premiership No2?
It has been hinted that there will be back-room appointments in the very near future and you would assume that this will be important based on the start of pre season and only having Tony Parks and Clive Allen from the last regime, and beyond the next few weeks, who knows what the future holds for them...