The rumor mill is operating at full capacity at the moment with County fans of all stripes weighing in with their choices for Derek Adams’ successor at Victoria Park, but to this point only three men have thrown their hat into the ring, be it directly or indirectly.
The first was Danny Lennon who did well to get Cowdenbeath promoted twice despite working with a shoestring budget and who, save a League Cup win, was considerably less successful at St. Mirren. Perhaps the thing operating least in his favor is that he has gained a reputation for being a bit…prickly. He’s not everyone’s cup of tea as it were and has made a habit of saying things in the media that get him in trouble with the league and association. Sound familiar? At best Lennon is a lateral move.
Next to let everyone know he’d be willing to take (another) crack at it was former Ross County player, manager, and most recently (2013-2014) assistant manager to the departed Derek Adams, Neale Cooper. As with Lennon, I think Cooper would be a lateral move. Yes, he’s been a good servant to the club on an intermittent basis since the mid-1990s, but (despite being let go this past summer) he also has a relationship with the Adamses going all the way back to the Sir Alex Ferguson era at Aberdeen F.C.. If chairman Roy McGregor is truly interested in moving the club forward he needs to find somebody better as well as to make a clean break from the previous administration- which Cooper is not.
Finally, @rcfcnews has pointed to several websites saying that former Mijas, Fuengirola, Los Boliches, Poli Ejido, Malaga B, Malaga, Poli Ejido(2), Granada 74, Malaga(2), Real Betis, and Tenerife manager Antonio Tapia has direct his agent to contact Ross County. I’ll say only two things about this- assuming it is true- first, he hasn’t lasted more than a single season with any club since managing Malaga B from 2002-2005 and hasn’t managed any club since 2011…not good. Second, given what club chairman Roy McGregor had to say about the Adames becoming too reliant for his taste on foreign players, I can’t see him then replacing Adams with a foreign manager. Or at least one with a weak resume who has already been turned by at least two other Premiership clubs in the last few years.
More news as it develops…