Nigel Pearson’s sacking encouraged us to look at every past example of a promoted Premier League club separating from the manager who brought them to big time the following summer, revealing that three of the four survived once more under the new boss.
Now, we’re going to take things further by recalling the successors chosen by the relegation-dodging trio and why they appealed, and suggesting which Leicester job contenders fit those profiles…
Harry Redknapp (West Ham) – The appointment from within
The first ever Premier League newcomers to reshuffle their dugout deck a year after going up were West Ham, who promoted Billy Bonds’ deputy Harry Redknapp. Were Leicester to try something similar, their options would include Pearson’s assistants Craig Shakespeare at [32.0] and Steve Walsh (no, not that one) at [70.0] or assistant first-team coach Kevin Phillips at [32.0].
Unlike Redknapp at Bournemouth, none of those have prior managerial experience to strengthen their claims, but Phillips would have the strongest claims as someone who has played for the Foxes.
The equivalent candidate: Kevin Phillips @ [32.0]
Chris Hughton (Norwich) – The steady hand
When Norwich needed to replace Paul Lambert, who dragged them from League One to the Premier League, the same ascent that Pearson oversaw at Leicester, they pursued a fairly safe appointment, someone who had been there before and been pretty solid everywhere that he had been.
Hughton had got a side promoted from the Championship, helped them settle into the Premier League’s mid-section and led a wounded squad to the second-tier play-offs just before getting the call from Norwich.
Mick McCarthy ticks those boxes and comes complete with two decades more coaching knowhow than Hughton had back then. He has steered Sunderland and Wolves into the top flight, keeping the latter there, and guided Ipswich to sixth – their highest finish in a decade – last term.
The equivalent candidate: Mick McCarthy @ [75.0]
Michael Laudrup (Swansea) – Famous foreign former footballer
Swansea’s approach was surprising given that it contradicted many of their celebrated selections before, as they took advantage of their new-found fame to seduce a legendary former player.
There was talk of Leicester doing the same with another Real Madrid alumnus in Esteban Cambiasso, who excelled on pitch at the King Power Stadium in 2014/15, at [40.0]. However, the difference between the pair is that Laudrup had already made managerial inroads, with (fleeting) success at Brondby and Getafe.
Montella is the most comparable of the retired greats because, though not held in quite as high regard as Laudrup as a player, he was beloved, and his career on the bench has consisted of three relatively brief but accomplished stints (Roma, Catania, Fiorentina). As was the case for Swansea with the Dane, he is unattached too.
The equivalent candidate: Vincenzo Montella @ [70.0]