Whilst the 2015/16 campaign hasn’t exactly proven to be as much of a disaster for Swansea City as was once feared, the loyal South Wales supporters nonetheless have every reason to expect a sharp up-turn in fortunes from their side next term.
The Swans may have flirted with the threat of relegation for certain portions of the current campaign, but as Francesco Guidolin’s side have now all but confirmed their status in the Premier League for next season, perhaps the good times can once again resume.
So then, with Guidolin’s current contract running out at Swansea in only a matter of months, and former boss Brendan Rodgers widely expected to return to his previous managerial post four years after moving to Anfield to manage Liverpool, is the 43-year-old Northern Irish tactician really the right man to kick-start a mini revival down at the Liberty Stadium next season, or should Swansea look elsewhere?
Well, although the current main man in the Swans dug-out, Guidolin, could theoretically stay on beyond his proposed spell with the Premier League club, it seems as if Swansea need to embark on a new long-term plan.
…And although Brendan Rodgers nonetheless plied his trade with the Swans just a handful of seasons ago, the former Liverpool boss arguably represents the ideal managerial candidate to step in and ultimately help the club re-establish their once impressive form in the top tier.
The Northern Irish manager may have endured a rather tough stint on Merseyside, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Rodgers no longer has anything to offer in the Premier League right in the here and now.
Liverpool represented too big of a step for Rodgers to take in his early managerial career at the time, but as the ex-Reds coach will have likely developed into an all-round superior tactician because of his the experience, Liverpool’s loss really could turn out to be Swansea’s gain.
Brendan Rodgers has always attempted to play an attractive and entertaining brand of football, and his desire to introduce countless flair players should be praised. Although the he looked somewhat out of his depth on Merseyside earlier on this season, there really is no reason to suggest that Rodgers couldn’t successfully re-establish himself back at Swansea ahead of the new domestic term.
The former Liverpool manager certainly knows what it takes to succeed at the Liberty Stadium after all – his relationship with the Swansea supporters remained healthy even at the worst of times when he formally held the role as manager – and his unquestionably ambitious nature and never-say-die attitude wouldn’t go amiss down in South Wales after everything that has already taken place this season.
So then, whilst Brendan Rodgers admittedly remains far from a world class tactician right in the here and now, he represents the perfect managerial option for Swansea should the Premier League club look to appoint a new head-coach before the 2016/17 campaign.