Nathan Jones and Luton, John Coleman and Accrington or even Massimiliano Allegri and Juventus, some football managers and their clubs seemed to be made for each other.
With Messrs Jones and Coleman having flirtations with other clubs, only to return to a club where they have been able to make a name for themselves.
Luton manager Nathan Jones after doing well in his first spell, left Kenilworth Road and became the Stoke City manager, but in life the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
Ultimately, that’s how it proved for the Welshman Jones, who would return to The Hatters (after not succeeding with The Potters) and go about his work, which would put Luton into play-off contention.
Unfortunately (for the sake of fairy tale) Nathan Jones’ side didn’t get promoted, but they earned many plaudits for their approach and hard work. For Liverpudlian Coleman, he spent 13 seasons with Accy and left for managerial spells with Rochdale, Southport and Sligo Rovers.
The 59-year old, would return to the Wham Stadium in 2014 and has been there since. John Coleman has managed to consolidate Accrington into a well run League One side.
Having to sell players like Dion Charles is no doubt a big loss, but the 59-year old has managed to find away to evolve the team, massive credit due to him. Coleman no doubt can manage other teams, but Accrington Stanley just seems to fit like a hand to a glove.
The more exotic example of a manager being well matched is Max Allegri and Juventus. Now, yes the Italian did win SerieA with Milan, but it was with The Old Lady, he had arguably the more sustainable relationship, which is why he has returned to Turin for a second spell with Juve.
In this article, I want to talk about Fulham boss Marco Silva. Portuguese manager Silva, who enjoyed success with Olympiakos in Greece, did enjoy relative success with Hull and to a point Watford.
Just like what would end up happening with The Hornets, the 45-year old Silva would fade badly in more than one of his managerial jobs. In regards to his failures at Vicarage Road, the Watford chairman put this down to Everton being aggressive in their approach for their manager.
After being sought after and highly-rated, Marco Silva was on the brink of becoming damaged goods, a manager where no one wanted to employ him.
Up step Fulham, who the season before last were not only rocked with a relegation, but former captain Scott Parker, would stand down as the club’s manager.
The Cottagers needed to rebuild their reputation and when they did get promoted (which they did at the end of last season as champions), the coming season, this one is a season they need to impress.
Yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool is one game gone of 37,but showed maybe that both Fulham and their manager want to make a fight of Premier League survival and for the 45-year old, his respect.
If Fulham stay up and Marco Silva is the man to help them do that, then Marco and Fulham are the perfect match, are they not?
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