It hasn’t even been a week since the close of the 2013-14 Premier League and already a number of managerial vacancies are beginning to arise, opening a pool of top flight managers looking to pounce on new positions.
Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay is at the centre of several of these rumours, most recently being reported by the Daily Mirror to be a target for Southampton, should Mauricio Pochettino leave over the summer. The Argentine has been linked with replacing recently sacked Tim Sherwood at Tottenham, with both Southampton and Pochettino saying nothing to distance themselves from the possibility.
Mackay would certainly fit the job description at Saint Mary’s, but the owners would be putting a great deal of faith in him being up to the task of managing at the highest level of his career so far. This year has been the vital season in cementing The Saints as a top half Premier League side and their recent success can not drop now.
As would be the case for most managers, the possibility of taking the controls at a team competing for European football is a huge attraction, but Mackay needs to be prepared for the fact that the fans will be expecting their surge to the peaks of league football to continue. This will be no simple task, made especially difficult by the likely exits of Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana to top four clubs over the summer.
Mackay isn’t without experience of holding on to successes though; before his sacking from Cardiff his side sat 16th in the table, a position that many fans would compare to a Champions League spot in contrast to their eventual bottom of the table finish under Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
However, should Mackay wish to stay in his comfort zone , rumours of Norwich City being after his services may spark interest. The club have approached the Scot in the past and will be looking for immediate promotion back to the Premier League next season, an area which Mackay can certainly handle, after dominating the Championship with Cardiff in 2012.
Back in the Premier League, Mackay may turn his attention to Upton Park, where Sam Allardyce’s career is currently on the rocks.
A move to Southampton is of course not entirely in Mackay’s hands however, with the first factor being the removal of Mauricio Pochettino from the position.
Add to this to the competition from several other managers currently circling Saint Mary’s and we see a very uncertain future at the club. Pochettino’s move to Spurs will be significant in deciding the destination of several of the league’s currently unemployed managers this summer, meaning for now Malky Mackay can only sit and wait.