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Mourinho would have been exciting and would have created a real sense of expectation. Few would have argued with it and we would have been lauded in the football world for pulling off a very unlikely coup, but it wasn't to be. He was out of our reach.
Redknapp doesn't bear thinking about, but was he actually offered the job or was he given the opportunity to apply after we sought permission from Pompey? I think we know the answer to that. Either way that was a lucky escape. Redknapp would have enraged the fans, who the hell wanted him? Virtually no one. Lucky escape!
Didier Deschamps is the most interesting one. He had the opportunity and right up until the last minute was on, but called it off. This would have been a brave and exciting appointment.
It is a pity that he couldn't just take the plunge and go for it. A man of his ambition and style would have been a real tonic for the club. He obviously lost his bottle. Shame.
So, with Shearer out of the picture, Houllier a non starter and Hughes not an option they went for KK. Talk about guts! This is a stand or fall decision if there ever was one.
It doesn't matter now where you stand, the club is situation critical. We need a bolt of electricity, a force of nature to smash some life into our negativity and rejuvinate weary souls.
There really is no one person more capable of that than Kevin. Speaking directly from the heart, you just have to love the guy. He's why I love football. Fun, positive and exciting. He may well not have been first choice, but I suspect Ashley has landed on his feet with this one.
What Kev will do is light the fire, get our self respect back and entertain us again. If his legacy is a positive platform from which to build, then his appointment will have been not just a brave one, but an astute one.
I'm going to take a 100% positive attitude into supporting him and the team because if the short term means fun and the long term means positivity I can buy into that.
Good luck KK!