It’s early August 2015, the sun is shining and football is back!
Players are transferred in / out, the tactics boards have been updated and ready and the grass has been freshly cut.
Promotion chase, relegation fight or glorious cup run….who knows!
92 Managers up and down the country in England’s professional leagues are geared up for the long season ahead.
Yet sadly just 3 months into the season, over 20% of those 92 have been relieved of their duties by the powers that be in the boardroom.
On Tuesday Gary Bowyer was told by Blackburn Rovers that his time was up, he became another statistic in football management.
Number 19 sacked of the 15/16 season for anyone that’s keeping score.
Swansea are close to removing Gary Monk if reports are to be believed and Chelsea may once again axe “The Special One”.
So when will it end?
How many of the 19 clubs will genuinely see their clubs finish in a better position?
- Aston Villa – Will Remi Garde save them from the drop?
- Huddersfiled Town – Can Klopp’s coach Wagner get a tune from the terriers
- Swindon Town – Temporarily managed by the chairman!
- Leeds United – Who knows?!?!?
Where are the LMA when all this is going on? The job of the LMA is to protect and support the managers who are in the association. In all honestly though what advice could be provided other than “see you down the job centre in a few months”.
It stems back to the fit and proper persons test that appears to be a sham. 2 of the most prolific clubs for sackings are Blackburn (Venky’s) and Leeds (Massimo Cellino).
Between the 2 clubs the combined foreign ownership is less than 7 years, Between the 2 clubs they are now close to appointing their 13th manager if Paul Lambert is brave enough to sit in the dugout at Ewood Park.
We all know that football is a results business but sometimes common sense has to prevail and a step back to be taken.
As a football fan ask yourself – if we sacked our manager tomorrow, who is out there that we could honestly attract? I’m betting that not many can provide a strong case for change.
At the majority of clubs stability is key for long term success. Developing the youth set up, progressing with a style of and even understanding the club itself.
The time has come for the quick fixes to stop and sensible heads required.
Here’s hoping we don’t see many more and don’t come close to breaking a terrible record of last season which stood at a massive 40!
Still a long way to go for most and I certainly would back against another 22 being given the chop.
Who’d be a football manager though eh!