So, given the English football landscape, where opportunities are scarce, patience is minimal and experience is en vogue again, what is the ideal first management job? Swansea, where there is a vacancy after they sacked Paul Clement on Wednesday? “Not for me,” he says.
Because they rejected him last season in favour of Bob Bradley? “It was the way they handled it,” he says. “I spoke to them a couple of times and then heard on Sky Sports three days later that they had appointed Bob Bradley. I don’t believe business should be done like that. If they had called — ‘Listen, we’ve gone with someone more experienced’ — then fine. But it didn’t happen like that.”