Hull urgently seeking successor to Bruce

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Hull’s City hierarchy are set to begin interviewing potential new managers, as they intensify their efforts to find a suitable successor to Steve Bruce, according to the i

Since Bruce’s resignation, Hull are understood to have drawn up a shortlist of five managerial candidates, with one of those believed to be the former Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

Martinez among a quintet of candidates

Martinez, who also previously managed Swansea City and Wigan, was sacked by Everton at the end of last season. Nevertheless he left the club after enjoying an excellent three-season spell, whereby he led Everton to victory in 61 of his 143 competitive games in charge of the club, to give him a win percentage of 42.7%.

Subsequently Hull’s vice chairman Ehab Allam is thought to view Martinez as an ideal candidate to fulfil the club’s vacant managerial position and hopes to interview the 43-year-old Spaniard in the forthcoming days.

In addition to Martinez, Bruce’s former assistant Terry Phelan, who is currently in caretaker charge of Hull on their pre-season tour of Austria, is set to be afforded the opportunity to present his case for being appointed the club’s permanent manager.

Two other managers currently in work who have been linked with succeeding Bruce are Birmingham City’s Gary Rowett and Le Havre coach Bob Bradley, who has not only managed the U.S.A national team but also that of Egypt, as the 58-year-old American is by far the most experienced manager to be connected to the Hull post.

Another contender to become the Tigers new manager is Ryan Giggs, with Manchester United’s record appearance holder having left Old Trafford earlier this summer in search of his first managerial role.

Cutting it fine to appoint manager before start of new season

Despite it being unclear as to whether Giggs will apply for the Hull job, the interview process to find a replacement for the 42-year-old Welshman’s former United team mate Bruce, is set to commence this weekend, with the Tigers hopeful of making an appointment within a week’s time.

Should they do so, that would give the club’s new manager less than a fortnight to prepare for Hull’s first game of the 2016-17 Premier League season, which is a home fixture against champions Leicester.
So far this summer Hull have not yet signed a senior player with the Tigers only acquisition being the 18-year-old goalkeeper Will Mannion from MK Dons, whilst the club released both Sone Aluko and Ryan Taylor.

A lack of activity in the transfer market, combined with several members of their first team sustaining serious injuries, has left Hull with just 13 fit senior players, which means the Tigers new manager will have to work resourcefully to ensure the club’s return to the top flight starts well.

Jose Mourinho is officially unveiled as Manchester United manager


Jose Mourinho delivered his first official press conference at Old Trafford as Manchester United boss to a waiting throng of reporters.

Mourinho of course has been manager of United for the past six weeks but this was his first presentation and the press were eager to ask him as many insightful questions as they could. One of the hold ups for Mourinho being unveiled to the press was the European Championships, but as the tournament in France winds down the attention is already wavering towards the beginning of club football once again which kicks off in just over 4 weeks time.

Mourinho as expected was in great moods and he will be boosted by the clubs transfer activity which has already seen Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrive on a free from PSG and the capture of highly rated centre back Eric Bailley from Villarreal.

Mourinho talked about the clubs legacy, chances of winning the league, Ryan Giggs and Sir Alex Ferguson during his conference. Here are some excerpts:

On Sir Alex Ferguson:

“We will have lots of time to meet each other. He will always be welcome to the training ground obviously. We will have a lot of time to share our personal stuff – friends, family and life. His opinion is an important opinion for me. So many legends at this club love it. So many are in the punditry business at the moment – every one will be important whether I agree or not agree. I will always give a look to learn from what they give to me.”

On Ryan Giggs 29 years association with Manchester United ending:

“It’s not my responsibility that Ryan is not in the club. The job Ryan wanted was the to be manager. That’s not my fault – the owners and Mr Woodward wanted me. Ryan, for the moment, wants to be a manager. I decided years ago I wanted to be a manager. Many of us start as assistant coaches and a moment arrives to making a decision. Ryan could have been what he wanted – any important job but he made a decision where you need to be brave. It’s not easy – I had a contract at Barcelona in 2000 to be assistant for two more years. It was not easy for me. And for Ryan it’s not just the step of going from assistant manager to manager. It is also the challenge of leaving his house – it was 29 years, not 29 days. If I am hear and he wants to come back, I will never stop him. If one day the club wants him to be manager it will be the consequence of his achievements as a manager.”

Mourinho’s first fixture as Man Utd manager will take place on July 22nd when the Red Devils take on German club Borussia Dortmund in China. But many observers are looking forward to this years Community Sheild final where United will take on Premier League champions Leicester City in August and it is this game that will be seen as Mourinho’s first real test with his new club.



What has Ryan Giggs learned from his stint as No.2 to warrant replacing Louis van Gaal?

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A number of Manchester United supporters are campaigning for club legend and current assistant manager Ryan Giggs to take charge of the club should manager Louis van Gaal be sacked, citing his knowledge of the club’s history, success as a player and cache in the game as a whole. But given the Welshman has known little other than United’s demise during his foray into coaching, what has he really learned from shadowing the manager that would suggest he would make a good successor?

Giggs was a senior coaching figure during David Moyes’ stint as United manager, taking the reigns full time for the final selection of games. He has been assistant to Louis van Gaal ever since, and the future plan appears to be for the 42-year-old to be a long-term boss at Old Trafford when the time is right. However, Giggs’ experience learning the ropes hasn’t been a pleasant one, and it seems far too early to be considering the long-serving midfielder for the top job at United.

Nevertheless, the rumour mill has been in full force, and even pundits are suggesting Giggs is having a positive influence on the side that could suggest top-level management might be coming his way soon enough. After Manchester United drew with Chelsea in the Premier League after a rare dominant display that deserve more, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher suggested the Welshman’s tactics were on display due to the change in style from Van Gaal.

“If I hadn’t read a paper or watched television in the last 48 hours, I’d have thought it was Ryan Giggs’s first game in charge,” he said. “I’m not saying he was responsible for tactics but this was not a typical Louis van Gaal performance from Manchester United. This looked like the team of old with the way they attacked and pressed. It would have been a travesty had Chelsea snatched a winning goal.”

Giggs was most prevalent during the glory days of endless title triumphs and European success under Sir Alex Ferguson – one of the game’s greatest ever managers – playing a fast-paced attacking style of football that more than entertained the supporters. Van Gaal has favoured a slow and patient approach, so the change in style was very noticeable. Aside from links to the United job, Giggs was linked with the vacant Swansea position a number of weeks ago, and there seems to be a following that tip his for a bright coaching career.

In Moyes’ tenure, United set unwanted records for defeats in a league season and losses at Old Trafford to clubs that normally wouldn’t leave United’s backyard with a point. Giggs hardly picked up much as a coach except how not to go about his own approach. It’s been a similar situation with Van Gaal, although the Dutchman is far more stubborn about his style, so it’s hard to see how Giggs has much of an influence.

He’s held in high regard with the club hierarchy neverthelesss, and seems to fit the bill for what United want as their long-term manager in the future, but what has he really learned in the last two years?