Date: 26th May 2012 at 11:33am
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So I have submitted a poll titled ‘Best Choice?’ containing a list of the 14 most likely managers to take over our football club as the next permanent manager (as rated by William Hill).

I’d like very much if we could get a high volume of participation in the poll as it would be nice to see who the fans choice really is.

I’ll give a rundown of each possibility, and if there is someone who has been missed out by both me and William Hill, do put it into the comments section so all us fans can give it due consideration. [All odds are those presented on William Hill at the time of writing and the run downs of previous experience come from good old Wikipedia]

I’m undecided as to whether this should be a limitless project, so I’ll simply say be slightly realistic: think of it as we can coax any of them to the club, but some would have higher costs than others (e.g. Mourinho would cost far more to bring in than Paul Lambert).

Roberto Di Matteo – 4/6

Played for Schaffhausen, Zurich, Aarau, Lazio, Chelsea.
Managed Milton Keynes Dons, West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea.
Age: 41.
Nationality: Swiss/Italian.
Current Club: None.

Pep Guardiola – 2/1

Played for Barcelona B, Barcelona, Brescia, Roma, Brescia, Al-Ahli, Dorados.
Managed Barcelona B, Barcelona.
Age: 41.
Nationality: Spanish.
Current Club: Barcelona (ending Friday 25 May).

Fabio Capello – 11/4

Played for SPAL, Roma, Juventus, Milan.
Managed AC Milan (x3), Real Madrid (x2), Roma, Juventus, England (National Team).
Age: 65
Nationality: Italian.
Current Club: None.

Harry Redknapp – 11/1

Played for West Ham, Bournemouth, Brentford, Seattle Sounders, Bournemouth.
Managed Bournemouth, West Ham United, Portsmouth (x2), Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur.
Age: 65.
Nationality: English.
Current Club: Tottenham Hotspur.

Laurent Blanc – 12/1 –

Played for Montpellier, Napoli, Nîmes, Saint Etienne, Auxerre, Barcelona, Marseille, Internazionale, Manchester United.
Managed Bordeaux, France (National Team).
Age: 46.
Nationality: French.
Current Club: France (National Team).

Rafael Benitez – 16/1

Played for Castilla CF, Guardamar, Parla, Linares.
Managed Real Madrid B, Real Vallidolid, Osasuna, Extremadura, Tenerife, Valencia, Liverpool, Internazionale.
Age: 52.
Nationality: Spanish.
Current Club: None.

Joachim Löw – 20/1

Played for SC Freiburg, VfB Stuttgart, Eintracht Frankfurt, SC Freiburg, Karlsruher SC, SC Freiburg, FC Schafhaussen, FC Winterthur, FC Frauenfeld.
Managed FC Winterthur (youth), FC Frauenfeld, VfB Stuttgart (assistant), VfB Stuttgart, Fenerbahçe, Karlsruher SC, Adanaspor, FC Tirol Innsbruck, FK Austria Wien, Germany (assistant), Germany (National Team).
Age: 52.
Nationality: German.
Current Club: Germany (National Team).

Brendan Rogers – 20/1

Played for Ballymena United, Reading.
Managed Chelsea (youth), Chelsea (reserves), Watford, Reading, Swansea City.
Age: 39.
Nationality: Northern Irish.
Current Club: Swansea City.

Jose Mourinho – 25/1

Played for Rio Ave, Belenenses, Sesimbra, Comércio e Indústria.
Managed Benfica, Uniäo de Leiria, Porto, Chelsea, Internazionale, Real Madrid.
Age: 49.
Nationality: Portugese.
Current Club: Real Madrid.

David Moyes – 25/1

Played for Celtic, Cambridge United, Bristol City, Shrewsbury Town, Dunfermline Athletic, Hamilton Academical, Preston North End.
Managed Preston North End, Everton.
Age: 49.
Nationality: Scottish.
Current Club: Everton.

Guus Hiddink – 25/1

Played for De Graafschap, PSV Eindhoven, De Graafschap, NEC Nijmegen, Washington Diplomats, San Jose Earthquakes, De Graafschap.
Managed De Graafschap (assistant manager), PSV Eindhoven (assistant manager), PSV Eindhoven (x2), Fenerbahçe, Valencia, Netherlands, Real Madrid, Real Betis, South Korea, Australia, Russia, Chelsea (caretaker), Turkey, Anzhi Makhachkala.
Age: 65. Nationality: Dutch.
Current Club: Anzhi Makhachkala.

Bert van Marwijk – 33/1

Played for Go Ahead Eagles, AZ Alkmaar, MVV Maastricht, Fortuna Sittard, FC Assent.
Managed MVV Maastricht (youth), SV Meerssen (youth), FC Herderen, RKVCL Limmel, SV Meerssen, Fortuna Sittard, Feyenoord (x2), Borussia Dortmund, Netherlands
Age: 60.
Nationality: Dutch.
Current Club: Holland (National Team).

Frank Rijkaard – 33/1

Played for Ajax, Sporting CP, Zaragoza, Milan, Ajax.
Managed Netherlands, Sparta Rotterdam, Barcelona, Galatasaray, Saudi Arabia.
Age: 49.
Nationality: Dutch.
Current Club: Saudi Arabia (National Team).

Paul Lambert – 33/1

Played for St. Mirren, Motherwell, Borussia Dortmund, Celtic, Livingston.
Managed Livingston, Wycombe Wanderers, Colchester United, Norwich City.
Age: 42.
Nationality: Scottish.
Current Club: Norwich City.

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