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McCarthy and O'Leary (The Dream Duo?)

Filed: Friday, 6th December 2002
By: Matthew Kemp

When Glenn Roeder was handed the hot seat at Upton Park the move was greeted with many moans and groans form the Claret and Blue faithful. I for one was sceptical about his managerial credentials, yet had heard good things about his coaching abilities.

Glen Hoddle obviously rated him, by involving Roeder in the England set up, and was ready to poach him for Spurs, allegedly offering a coaching job, should Roeder no longer be required by messr Brown, when they were deciding on the possible candidates for the West Ham job.

Time is never on anyone's side, with football now being more than just a game. Relegation caused Leicester City, Bradford and QPR, to go into administration, with their future uncertain. This is not an option with West Ham, especially after reports have established that the club, are in debt, due to escalating wages.

The option is simple, and the buck has to stop with the manager.
Simply, Roeder has to go.

This is never an easy decision, and a candidate would have to be lined up in preparation - the answer is who?

Sunderland fans were aggrieved at the appointment of Sgt Wilko, and Steve Cotterill, while Leicester fans greeted Mr Bassett with some degree of pessimism last season. Many fans are already making their suggestions for the job, and it has to be a realistic appointment. Notably, Alan Curbishley has fallen from the list, as Charlton have struggled this season, and even the Valley faithful
are questioning his tactical nuances!

My tip, as unpopular as it may sound - (as he was an ex Millwall
manager) is Mick McCarthy as number one, with Dave O'Leary working alongside him. McCarthy worked wonders with the Republic of Ireland, and also did a good job at Millwall. He has the experience and knowledge of the game, that should help this club progress.

Many changes will no doubt take place, yet I am sure that he has the ability to get the board to invest in the future of the club. His appeal though will be that he brought through many youngsters at Millwall, and operated on a tight budget.

O'Leary, hasn't worked with a tight budget, he spent nigh on £100m at Leeds. Yet, he assembled a team of good, quality players, and given time may have eventually gone on to win something. Such was his popularity that the fans were chanting his name at a recent home game.

Both men have played together for Ireland, and would hopefully play to each others strengths. I think players such as Cole, Carrick, Johnson and Defoe can only improve under both managers.

So, there you have it, the answers to our problem. Some fans may argue that all Roeder needs is a fat cheque book and more time in the job. I certainly agree that the squad does need strengthening yet,what cannot be ignored is the fact that we already have 11 players capable of a top six place, and they are underperforming.

The question, is why? The answer, in my opinion is Glenn Roeder, over to you..........

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