Guus Hiddink’s decision to manage Chelsea and Russia at the same time has come under intense scrutiny of late. But even with the risk of employing a manager that has to split his time between two teams, it appears it won’t deter Portsmouth from trying to do the exact same thing.
Portsmouth are open to the possibility of Sven-Goran Eriksson combining his work as Mexico coach with the vacant managerial position at Fratton Park.
Eriksson remains the preferred option to replace Tony Adams, though the club would clearly prefer to avoid a potential compensation pay-out to Mexico of about £3 million.
The 61-year-old’s position with Mexico is under considerable scrutiny following last week’s World Cup qualifying defeat against the United States, but there is a feeling that it could be possible to combine the two jobs, particularly as Mexico have only two further qualifiers, against Costa Rica and Honduras, before the end of the Premier League season. (Daily Telegraph)
Having a manager with dual duties to club and country is something of a rarity in the footballing world — and most especially in the Premier League. But it looks like the league could very well have two managers splitting their time and talent during the year.
Whilst it might alarm some people, it appears that it isn’t as alarming as some might think. Hiddink and Sven-Goran Eriksson are considered to be two of the best managers in the world, so the thought of them taking on the task doesn’t seem that far fetched.
But do Pompey supporters want to put this critical season in Sven’s hands? After all, the club are currently in a relegation battle, and they’ll need a manager that will be able to concentrate fully on the task at hand.