Joins Bordeaux? As of the point I have written this, even though it seems to be common knowledge, there hasn’t been an announcement as of yet. What a great move for the former goalkeeper though of, and most likely, when it happens. Is this potentially a big step for Belgian managers going into bigger leagues? Rumours were being said last week and when I contacted a European football expert about the possibility, he simply said it’d be interesting, which is true. In football, Michel Preud’homme has achieved a hell of a lot on the pitch and in the dugout.
In case a Bordeaux fan stumbles across this, he has won 3 Belgian League titles as a player, 2 Belgian cups, a Cup Winners Cup with Mechelen and the Portuguese League Cup with Benfica. Has also won silverware with every club he has been with and numerous individual awards as a player and manager! He has fantastic criteria to do well outside of his native land, Holland and Saudi Arabia and make the step up to a tougher, bigger league in my opinion.
This season he has been linked with Glasgow Rangers, which is not only a huge club, but would surely make Scotland a two team league again. He was also linked with the Saudi Arabia national team job as well going into a World Cup, which would’ve been huge! But by biding his time, he may well have landed a big job in one of the top tier European leagues!
Currently, Bordeaux are out of all Cup competitions, 13th in the league and four points off the relegation zone. The dream for Preud’homme would be a decent finish this season, keeping Malcom and getting into Europe next year, maybe a cup? Not much then! But what it can also show is that managers from the Pro League aren’t just good enough for second rate leagues!
Doing some minor research, managers in Belgium either stay in Belgium, move to Holland, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey…WHEREVER! But some of these managers are decent. Some managers in Spain who are below average can’t speak English yet Pepe Mel got a job at West Brom. Why? I don’t know. Okay, that’s one example, but you must see where I’m coming from. René Weiler may be doing what Preud’homme did and just waiting, but he has been successful yet is still unemployed. If Ivan Leko does as well as he has done, at only 39, will he land a better job eventually or just go to Getafe or to Malaga where he knows? Step up in league but not in stature of club in my opinion.
I really hope some of the current managers, if they want to of course, do get a chance abroad eventually, and not just a summer at the African Cup of Nations or something. To see a great path being built in front of them instead of closing a gate in their face, condemning them to average leagues, below the Pro League. I’d love Preud’homme to get the job, if he does get it of course, to hopefully push more leagues to look at Pro League managers instead of some fancy Italian or Spanish name. The Premier League has already proven Dutch managers can’t do it right now, ask Koeman, De Boer and to an extent, Van Gaal, who all got sacked and others after them progressed those clubs. Why can’t Belgian managers take over? Their players are all the rage in England.