Date: 15th March 2018 at 10:05am
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Do we need to change our philosophy of historically only appointing managers currently out of work?

Front runners Adi Viveash (currently at Coventry) and Dean Keates (currently at Wrexham) are both fans favourites and Bookies favourites to take the role vacated by Jon Whitney earlier this week however according to the Express and Star – Walsall will need to go and get their man if they want them!

Walsall have a history of only employing managers out of work and it would seem neither candidate is likely to become manager. Why do we only employ managers out of work? Is it to do with our ethic of not upsetting clubs/managers or is it simply down to money?

We have had a history of spats with clubs after our managers and players have departed – historically the famous ones are Peterborough (O’Connor/Houghton), Plymouth (Lee) and more recent Brentford (Smith/Henry), Barnsley (Bradshaw) – you cant help feel we are too soft. Lets play these buggers at their own game!

We already struggle in the transfer market with our current budget, to pay compensation would see that budget reduced even more so is it worth it? Should the club try and part with some cash for Viveash or Keates?.

Unless anything radically changes in the next few days then we will have to look towards the unemployed for our new man.

Now you cannot deny we have had some brilliant managers with this philosophy (Ray Graydon, Chris Nicholl, Richard Money and Colin Lee) but you get the feeling that football is changing and there are some good managers out there that we should be willing to pay a little bit for. Take Hurst at Shrewsbury and Evans at Peterborough, two managers that needed a severance package agreed to join their clubs.

If we do decide that we can pay some money for a manager then I agree with our friends at One Pod Beyond and we look to Dave Challenor who has won promotion after promotion with Fylde before we attempt to try and lure Viveash and Keates.

However if we stick to our guns and past histoy then its the ilk of Lee Carsley, Brian McDermott, Craig Bellamy and Uwe Roslers that we have to contend with.

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