Although Swansea City certainly failed to enjoy the most profitable spell under Garry Monk this season, many fans of the English game – and Swans supporters alike for that matter – believed the 36-year-old tactician deserved another chance to re-assert his dominance at the Liberty Stadium.
It nonetheless remains difficult to imagine the Welsh outfit finding themselves relegated come the culmination of the 2015/16 campaign, and as a wide range of different managerial candidates have reportedly cropped up for Swansea since Monk’s departure from the Liberty, surely it’s only a matter of time before Alan Curtis’ side escape the dreaded relegation dog-fight…
However, as Ajax’s Frank de Boer has recently seen his name linked rather heavily with the manager’s role in South Wales, are Swansea City finally on the verge of acquiring a new permanent head-coach in 2015/16?
Well, although some reports seem to draw a general sense of inevitability surrounding the former Dutch international and his potential switch to the Premier League this term, other stories seem to indicate De Boer’s desire to stay on at Ajax until the end of the current Eredivise campaign.
The 45-year-old former Barcelona defender obviously went down as a rather successful asset during his playing days, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll make it as a Premier League manager.
Yet if his current form with Ajax at the top of the Dutch domestic league is going to prove anything to go by within this particular discussion, maybe Swansea City could very well find themselves with far worse managerial options on their hands than Frank de Boer.
He seemingly represents a young, up and coming manager with fresh new ideas on how to approach the modern game. Several other well-placed Premier League sides have reportedly come in for the Dutchman’s services in the past – and as most Ajax managers seem to possess a fair amount of technical footballing knowledge at the end of the day – de Boer arguably represents the perfect fit for Swansea.
Even throughout their current bad run of poor form in English top-flight this season, the determined Swans have failed to give up on their impressive philosophy out on the pitch. The need to play attractive, entertaining football is still rife down at the Liberty Stadium, so it comes as no surprise that many high profile managers have subsequently been linked with the semi-vacant role.
Yes, De Boer doesn’t possess any coaching experience outside his native Holland, and obviously landing a manager without prior know-how in the Premier League is certainly a gamble, but as Swansea have looked rather strong since their initial promotion.
However, Frank de Boer isn’t the only big name to be linked with the Swans since Garry Monk’s somewhat surprise exit from the club. The likes of Marcelo Bielsa, Jorge Sampaoli, Lucien Favre and Gus Poyet have all seen their services reportedly come up for consideration this term as well.
But if Swansea City nonetheless opt for someone with the required experience among the Premier League this term, perhaps Brendan Rodgers could see himself back at the Liberty Stadium. Yes, such a move would seem a tad unlikely with all things fairly considered, and some Swans fans may indeed be opposed to landing the Northern Irishman after his failure to return the good times back at Anfield, but you never know – stranger things have certainly happened in football.
So then, although Frank de Boer does arguably represent the ideal choice for Swansea City this season, the plucky Welsh club seemingly wouldn’t find themselves short of options if such a promising move ultimately fails to take place in the end.