For no real reason other than wistfully watching Michael Laudrup sat on the Swansea bench smiling beatifically at the worthy-though-limited efforts of Routledge and Dyer, two wingers not fit to lace his boots (not because they were too wee), I decided to pick an XI from the current Premier League bosses. They’d play 4-3-3, reverting to 4-3-1-2 with Laudrup in the free role when/if the shit was hitting the fan.
PREMIER LEAGUE GAFFERS XI
Di Matteo (
Gaffer’s Gaffer (aka Gafferísimo):
If you think this team – aside from the front line, obviously – isn’t up to much, then you ought to have a look at Serie A, La Liga or the Bundesliga. You’d barely scrape a 5-a-side team out of any of them.
Instead, they’d probably come unstuck against each of English football’s next two tiers’ composite Gaffer XIs, even if the Champo doesn’t have a goalkeeper. It seems that, in England, you do have to be a horse before you become a jockey.
CHAMPIONSHIP XI (4-4-2; diamond)
Pearson or Mowbray (Leicester/Middlesbrough)
LEAGUE ONE XI (4-1-5: make the system fit the players, yeah?)
Di Canio (