Not much has recently been mentioned about who will take over for the team next season... Until today.
At one point earlier on in the year, there were rumors that Osamu Higashio was a strong candidate to replace Katsuya Nomura as the new face of the Eagles in 2010. But at 59 years of age, he actually would only be about 15 years younger than Nomura.
And so the front office started looking around for younger alternatives. And I guess when it became official that Marty Brown wasn't going to be around in Hiroshima for the 2010 season, they turned their sights toward the 46 year-old-manager.
According to Nikkan Sports, the Eagles were actually fairly certain about hiring Higashio to be their next manager and had already begun making preparations for his arrival. But sometime in late September (the article mentions the 25th), ownership suddenly switched gears and asked that the team look into other options.
In Brown, the Eagles apparently feel they can get a manager that's not only much younger than Nomura, but also perhaps just as dynamic.
IMHO, Brown i's definitely an upgrade over Higasahio, but he's still no Nomura. And while I have nothing against Brown, but if the team really wants a young manager, why not Atsuya Furuta? Now he'd be an interesting option.