Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss?

Following the management restructure at Cardiff City, former assistant manager Paul Trollope (pictured left) has just been appointed as Head Coach.  Whilst not coming as a huge surprise it is perhaps a logical step by the club.  His appointment will bring stability and continuity to the existing playing squad, but some supporters were hoping for a more established manager to be appointed instead.  He has already been unfairly criticised for being part of former manager Russell Slade's team and this is before a ball has been even kicked for next season.  The club has also been accused of lacking ambition.

My view on the subject is that he must be given a chance to show us what he can do.  I remember when he was manager at my local team Bristol Rovers, where he led them to promotion to League One.  Following his departure they went into a rapid decline and they have only just got back to League One this season.  Some of my friends who are "Gasheads" still speak fondly of him and of his time in Bristol.  I remember walking past him at a pub in Long Ashton a few years ago, but I digress.  I am hoping that he will bring a fresh approach to the team, new ideas and build a team that can challenge for and reach the play offs.  It will be a tough challenge especially with Aston Villa, Norwich City and Newcastle United being relegated to the Championship.  However, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is proof that an internal appointment can work.  He has excelled as a player and as a manager resulting in AFC Bournemouth being a  Premier League team this season.  Hopefully Paul Trollope can have a similar impact with the City.

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