Sliding Doors

by   |   07/07/2020  4 Comments  [Jump to last]

I've just seen that Ralf Rangnick has been appointed as AC Milan's new manager, and it made me remember when he was interviewed for the Everton job in 2013, but how we elected for Roberto Martinez.

At that time, he was an experienced coach from the Bundesliga, but who had spent a couple of years on leave after 'burnout'.

It was around this time that Germany were dominating international football, and German coaches were in high demand, and a certain charismatic German was making his name at Dortmund.

Many Evertonians were excited at the idea, many treated him as some no-mark manager, who was not mentally wasn’t up to top-flight management, who is only interesting some for his nationality.

Everton appoint the young and exciting Martinez and Rangnick ends up at the Red Bull franchise Salzburg and Leipzig. In 2015, he becomes manager of the latter, who are then in the second division in Germany. He wins promotion, before moving to a Director of Football role, then returning as manager in 2018. In that time, RB Leipzig, through wise investment, and innovative tactics, have gone on to become a Champions Leave team with aspirations of pushing the established big teams.

Since stepping down at Leipzig, he's been linked to many top jobs, before finally agreeing with AC Milan.

All the while… well, no need to go over what has happened here again.

Football must be filled with these “Sliding Doors” moments but one wonders, if only...

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Trevor Powell
1 Posted 08/07/2020 at 12:18:23
If Howard Kendall had signed for Liverpool as was predicted at the time?

No Holy Trinity and no eighties revival and success!

Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 11/07/2020 at 22:12:54
For various reasons, Don Revie, Brian Clough, and Bobby Robson never managed Everton when they were strongly rumoured to be on their way here. What might have been never happened...

Mind you, we did get: Billy Bingham, Gordon Lee, Walter Smith and David Moyes. An Englishman, an Irishman and two Scotsmen — what a joke they made... but no-one laughed.

John McFarlane Snr
3 Posted 11/07/2020 at 22:27:48
Hi Dave [2] you may remember when Jimmy Adamson's stock was high, he too was reportedly in line to take over the reins. Isn't it good to discuss football related matters again?
Joe McMahon
4 Posted 11/07/2020 at 22:31:40
To be honest, I think we need Merlin to manage this bunch of losers.

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