When it came to the fight for the Manchester United managerial position, Steve Bruce should have been a contender.
In the end, the upper brass at Old Trafford deemed the fight one-sided, as erstwhile Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal appeared to their early favourite pick to succeed David Moyes.
For Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp, though, there could have been an interview process - with Hull City manager and former United defender Steve Bruce a strong pick.
“Louis van Gaal couldn’t have done a better job with Hull City than Steve Bruce did last year.
“Yet did his heroics in the League and FA Cup create even a ripple at Old Trafford? Was Steve, a great competitor and wonderful player for United, even considered for the Manchester United job?"
Redknapp offers an opinion as to why the bigger roles in the country seem to pass Englishmen by.
“I don’t understand why owners suddenly lost faith in British managers."
Perhaps United's past experience with Moyes may have had something to do with it…