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Saturday, 23 May 2015

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Tough decisions from young managers

Two of Britain’s top young managers have made bold moves by quitting the clubs they have earned success and plaudits, for challenges that could be beyond their early years.

There is no doubt that Brendan Rodgers and Paul Lambert are future star managers, but have they made mistakes by leaving the safe haven of Swansea and Norwich?

Liverpool-bound Rodgers is a pioneer of forward-thinking management.

The way his Swans played football was easy on the eye and he knows how to win games.

Learning from the best in Jose Mourinho during his spell at Chelsea, Rodgers is also shrewd in the transfer market, snapping up Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson on loan.

But at Liverpool, he won’t be given the time afforded to Kenny Dalglish.

He will be expected to transform the club’s fortunes almost instantly.

Liverpool are in need of an overhaul. Certain players need to be shipped out, with better players coming in if they are to challenge for Champions League spots.

I hope it does work out for him. He deserves his chance at a top club, I just fear he will be treated as shoddily as Andre Villas-Boas was, and end up on football’s scrapheap.

Lambert has offered his resignation, and looks set to replace Alex McLeish at Aston Villa.

That’s not a job many top managers understandably want right now.

With little money at his disposal, Lambert will have to work wonders with what he’s got.

A fit Darren Bent will help but at Norwich he is loved for the incredible work he has done in winning back-to-back promotions.

Now in the big league, Norwich’s imperious form continued, and they shocked most by not only staying up but causing upsets on the way.

Villa will be a whole new challenge for Lambert.

He will have to work with Charles N’Zogbia, who is the most frustrating talent in the league, and the expectation levels will soar.

MARIO Balotelli has vowed to walk out of Euro 2012 if he is targeted by vile racists.

And I hope he sticks to his word.

There is no place for racism in 2012 but unfortunately football in Poland and Ukraine is littered with pockets of mindless idiots, who fly Nazi flags and pick out black players for abuse.

It is sad that the families of England’s black players will stay away from what should be an incredible experience for their loves ones, but an understandable one.

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