Date:Tuesday December 17 2013
An interesting story has been published today in relation to West Brom's search for new manager following the sacking of Steve Clarke.
The club issued a poll to it's fans asking for guidance in picking the new man to take them forward and interestingly, it wasn't Gianfranco Zola, Martin Jol, Ole Solskjaer or any of the other names regarded as 'favourites'. The West Brom fans picked Ralf Rangnick, formerly manager of Schalke and current Sporting Director at RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig.
A surprising pick but an astute one. Rangnick was the man at the helm during Schalke's run to the Semi-Finals of the Champions League in 2011, picking up the DFP Pokal (German equivalent to the FA Cup) in the same year. This for me shows that while supporters are frequently regarded collectively as impulsive, unrealistic and naive...the reality is that given the chance, we can be a usefull resource for the club.
James Surowiecki's book - The Wisdom of Crowds explains the ideal behind the theory that many are smarter than few and that given the chance, a large collection of people will tend to follow the correct path more frequently than a single person would. ENIC took control of Tottenham Hotspur in 2001 and in that time - via the guidance of Daniel Levy - have appointed 6 full time managers with varying success.
Each of said managers was brought in with great expectations but each tenure ultimately ended prematurely and more often than not, rather acrimoniously. Of these 6 managers, how many would have been the 'fans pick'? - Glenn Hoddle - Jaques Santini - Martin Jol - Juande Ramos - Harry Redknapp - Andre Villas-Boas You could argue that Glenn Hoddle was brought in to get the fans onside after the initial takeover, given his history with the club but I recall at the time hoping for a bigger name and if possible, someone without controversial opinions on the disabled and/or affiliations with 'faith healers'!!
ENIC, and in particular Daniel Levy have done an awful lot for this club. I remember the awful 90's Tottenham where Ronnie Rosenthal was considered a great signing and finishing in the top half was considered a job well done. That seems so far away know and we only have the current owners to thank for that. However, I believe when it comes to appointing managers we don't have the proficiency to identify the right man for the job - let alone appoint them!
The papers and bookies tend to have the inside track on these things and so far the names being touted are Fabio Capello, Michael Laudrup, Glenn Hoddle and Tim Sherwood. Admittedly, it's possible that we have our own, secret agenda and the media and bookmakers are well off...but I doubt it. Despite names such as Luis Van Gaal, Frank Rijkaard (my personal choice), Juup Heynckes, Marcel Bielsa, and Torsten Fink currently sitting without work. Do we believe that collectively, we as fans could come up with a better candidate than those currently considered frontrunners or is general consensus correct - we really don't have a clue...??
Written by KierzoSBC
Date:Tuesday December 17 2013
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