The student or the teacher?

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News broke today that Roberto Martinez could also be in the running to become the new Aston Villa manager. Thierry Henry has been favourite with the bookies since Steve Bruce’s departure. Both worked together during the World Cup in Russia. They helped guide Belgium to finish third. Martinez being the manager and Henry the student but who would be best for Aston Villa?

Roberto Martinez

Martinez - The teacherI’ll start with Martinez, someone I rate as a manager. Experience of managing in the Premier League with two different clubs, Wigan and then Everton.

He did a tremendous job at Wigan as they always seemed to be punching well above their weight. He even guided them to FA Cup glory in 2013 when they beat Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley. It came across to me that he was a real good man manager that shone during his time with the Latics.

The teacher then had a three-year spell with Everton before moving on to become the Belgium Head coach. Villa has been linked with a move for Martinez in the past but for whatever reason, it never materialised.

Thierry Henry

Henry - the studentThen we move on to the student. Granted, Henry doesn’t have as much experience as Martinez but he has learnt under him during their time with Belgium. On top of that, Henry would have learned a lot from other teacher’s like Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger during his playing days.

It would be such a high profile appointment and would no doubt be a huge boost for the players. Should he be appointed in time for the Swansea game, it wouldn’t surprise me if the attendance was boosted by 2-3000.

Add in the fact that he will potentially have John Terry in his coaching ranks. One of the greatest attacking and defensive players to grace the Premier League could be a match made it heaven.

Knowledge

Henry and Terry have won pretty much every honour there is to win at playing level between them. As I have already touched upon, they have also worked under some of the greatest managers in modern history. Between them, the knowledge they would have picked up could prove priceless.

That is why I am leaning towards having Henry as our next manager. Even if Terry wasn’t there beside him, I would still opt for him. The management part of the game has slightly changed in recent times and young managers are being given a chance i.e. Frank Lampard at Derby and Steven Gerrard at Rangers. The injection of young blood and fresh dynamic ideas has really come into the game and the revolution of England under Gareth Southgate has put it brightly in the spotlight.

We’ve tried the old school way and it didn’t work, let’s give the new blood a chance. Let’s give Thierry Henry a chance.

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