Good post Alf. That pretty much sums up my feelings right now.
The question is, who IS out there that we can identify as a better fit? And for me, its the whole model that needs rethinking. We've talked about it on here before, but such is the volatile nature of the football world, that we need stability, direction and leadership of a strategic footballing vision at a level that resides above the manager. We need a plan, a style, an ethos that can be maintained regardless of who the manager is. The days of finding a manager who can lead your club and build an empire over 10-15 years are gone. The problem we have right now is that whenever a change is made, we're re-inventing the entire fucking thing.
A playing style that embraces what we're about as a club. A commitment to youth development. A balanced playing squad in terms of age, that is constructed around players with high technical ability. Ensuring you have a blend of senior players and leadership, the right personalities. They're the things that are important. We should ALWAYS maintain a playing squad with enough talent, flexibility, technique and with players at the right age, such that any leading coach could take the reins and instantly compete for trophies and play good football. And all of our signings should be aligned to a longer term vision rather than the specific tastes or style of a manager.
I like Sean Dyche, but I don't think he'll get a crack at a big club. We've had our fingers burned with Moyes and I don't see us taking on anyone that hasn't managed a big club, or at least competed for big trophies and coached in the Champions League.
I think they have to have a playing style that embraces attacking, high tempo football. They have to have a track record of managing big players and big personalities. Ideally they'd have some experience of the PL - though I don't think that's crucial. And personally, I'd like us to get someone who's actually likeable. I don't mean in terms of being a nice guy as such, I mean someone the fans can truly buy into and get behind, who doesn't act a complete prick to the press.
As I say, who's out there? Sarri, at Napoli? They play some great stuff, very much aligned to modern day football. Pochettino - would he leave Spurs? Simeone? Allegri? Emery - why the fuck would he leave PSG.
Do we look to young British coaches like Eddie Howe? Chris Wilder has an amazing record but has never managed in the PL - no way would we look at him, however capable he might be.
Here's one from left field. What about Conte....? I don't think he's happy at Chelsea and he ticks a lot of the boxes.