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Managerial Hot-seat

Mon, 31 December 2007

At any given time, not many more than half of the managers in the Premiership and Football League have been in their current positions for more than a year. This has been the state of affairs for no less than several years now.

Halfway through the current season, 25 clubs have so far replaced or removed their managers.

The pressure to succeed is very great, and increasing all the time.

Currently, only 21 managers have been in office 2 years or more. Long serving managers such as Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger are by far the exception.

What is apparent is that clubs which have kept the same manager for 3 or more seasons have either been successful or made good progress during the tenure of that manager.

Whether a manager is any good or not, if the chairman and the board decide within a year of appointing him that he is so bad that he should be sacked or replaced, why was he appointed in the first place?

It is more likely to be the case that the fit between the manager and the club was not right in the first place. That is the responsibility of the chairman and the board. The process by which the manager was selected should be the first to be questioned.

(Article first published on BBC 606)

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4 comments

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    Where a manager does not even last a year, more often than not, it has nothing to do with his abilities as a manager – after all, he has hardly been given adequate time to do the job. It is more likely to be the case that the fit between the manager and the club was not right in the first place. That is the responsibility of the chairman and the board. The process by which the manager was selected should be the first to be questioned.

    This sounds alot like it is never the managers fault. The managers take alot of responsibility because they sign, pick and train the players.

    The managers that have been in their job for 3 years are bound to have been more successful, because if they hadnt been then they would have been sacked.

    All I am saying is whether a manager is any good or not, if the chairman and the board decide within a year of appointing him that he is so bad that he should be sacked, why was he appointed in the first place?

    (First posted on BBC 606)


  2. A further two managers have been sacked – Sam Allardyce at Newcastle and Chris Casper at Bury, bringing the number of clubs that have had a change of manager since the start of the season to 26.

    More than a quarter of all 92 Premier League, Championship and Football League clubs have changed managers 5 months into the season. Watch the numbers continue to climb as the season progresses to its climax in May.

    And Kevin Blackwell has given notice at Luton Town.

    (Article first published on BBC 606)


  3. [...] However, 54 of the 92 managers of Premier League and Football League clubs have been in the job more a year or more, and 33 have been in the job two years or more, a significant improvement since 31 December 2007. [...]


  4. [...] that appoint managers only to sack them within a year, there’s not much more to be said than: Whether a manager is any good or not, if the chairman and the board decide within a year of [...]



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