According to The Mirror (November 6, page 7 of the pull-out), Chris Coleman is being lined up as a potential candidate to replace Ralph Hasenhuttl in the Southampton dugout.
The former Wales and Sunderland manager has been unemployed since he was sacked by Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune, leaving them rooted to the bottom of the table with just one win from his last nine matches in charge.
Hebei China Fortune’s supporters made banners reading: “Hello Mr Coleman, please go home! You’re fired!!!”
Another banner read: “Coleman, your mum wants you home for dinner.”
It’s safe to say that the 49-year-old wasn’t a success with the Chinese side.
Despite that, he has still been linked to replace Hasenhuttl with Southampton currently languishing in 18th place in the Premier League, having won just twice in 11 games this season.
The Saints have also conceded the most goals in the league with 27 concessions.
So, should Coleman replace Hasenhuttl? Football FanCast’s writers have their say…
“If I could just write the word no, I would. Apart from his successful spell in charge of the Wales national team, where he guided them to the semi-finals of the European championships, Coleman has done absolutely nothing to suggest that he could drag Southampton out of the mud.
“He was also sacked by Sunderland following their relegation to League One, and with absolutely no Premier League experience in the last decade since his spell at Fulham from 2003-2007, this would be a monstrous risk from the Saints. Surely, having become accustomed to the playing staff, it would make much more sense to allow a manager with Champions League experience in Hasenhuttl to attempt to overturn this dreadful run of form.”
“A million times no. Coleman’s managerial reputation should be in the toilet after getting Sunderland relegated from the Championship in 2017/18, yet he’s still being linked with Premier League sides.
“He was carried to a European Championship semi-final by Gareth Bale in 2016, and that simply isn’t enough to have a punt on him in the top-flight 12 years on from his last job at that level with Fulham.
“He’s simply not a manager cut-out for this level, and he’s certainly not as good as Hasenhuttl – if the Saints make this appointment they can kiss goodbye to their hopes of survival.”
“A managerial veteran, Chris Coleman would certainly bring a wealth of experience to Southampton, particularly from his time in English football with Fulham. The former Wales boss finished in ninth in his first full season in charge at Craven Cottage, but that was way back in 2004.
“Since then, he has bounced around from club to club, with his most recent experience turning sour when he was sacked by Hebei China Fortune in the Chinese Super League – just 11 months after taking the reins. Not exactly the greatest resume to take over the Saints. The south coast side could do a lot better, and turning to someone like Coleman would be waving the white flag when it comes to relegation. They would simply be better off sticking with Ralph Hasenhuttl for the time being, because quite frankly, out of the two, he is the lesser of two evils.”