OK, let’s for a second skip past Argentina’s miraculous rescue from the list that follows. A quick look at who’s been eliminated so far offers few surprises, but the lists of potential eliminations includes a more than a few surprising names.
Roberto Martinez is set to be confirmed as the new manager of Wigan Athletic. The appointment is a very sensible one, as Martinez guided Swansea from League One mediocrity to the cusp of the Championship playoff with essentially the same squad — a key skill heading into a club managing to survive in the Premier League despite limited means. The appointment is also a just reward for one of the young up-and-coming managers making their way in the lower divisions in England, but it does highlight a curious trend: the disappearance of the English football manager.