Managers – Are the casualties being looked after?

The latest high profile manager to go, Alan Pardew has lost his job as manager at West Brom. He leaves the baggies a country mile from safety having guided them to just one solitary victory under his charge.

Rumours are that Pardew is departing with a £500k golden handshake for his “efforts” and this is not the 1st time that he, like many others, will have received a huge pay out for a performance deemed underwhelming by a board of directors.

This of course, is at the highest level and with a guaranteed opportunity at another job in a few months’ time. But what about lower down the chain?

Last week we saw the devastating news announced about former Crawley Town Manager Dermot Drummy’s death back in November 17.

An inquest has concluded that the former Chelsea youth coach had taken his own life.

Drummy, 56 had been seeking counselling for his “low mood” after parting company with the League Two side just a few months prior.

Now let’s be honest being dismissed at this level is totally different to the riches of the PL or the top end of the Championship for that matter.

Guys like Drummy have been hard working coaches, craving a shot at being a number one and just because it doesn’t work out doesn’t make them poor managers. They are dealing with a totally different set of circumstances that a lot with similar job specs will never understand.

Take a look at this extract from a local journalist following the sacking:-

“The appointment of Drummy, whose background was as a vastly experienced development coach, was an interesting one, not least in terms of the style of football he had pledged to instil.

“The early signs were promising, with the club reaching fifth place by mid-October and fans clearly appreciative of the brand of football on offer.”

A glowing reference for a man just weeks into a role and this story got us thinking, what becomes of some of the under the radar sackings lower down the divisions and what becomes of some of the managers. Just how are they looked after? As this clearly shows that Drummy slipped through the net.

A staggering 45 managers in the professional leagues in England have lost their jobs this season. A near 50% sack rate and we’re yet to reach the business end where key promotions, relegations and ultimately fates are decided.

The LMA is supposed to play a key role in looking after its members, now they do have a “Mental Health” awareness section… Let’s just inform you that it is situated in the 4th category and the 7th subject down on their list. They do however provide a managerial performance table right there on the homepage. A proper own goal from where we’re sitting!

Some other cases include that of Martin Ling and Neil Lennon both of whom have admitted to having their own personal battles, It also looks like we’ll never know just what triggered Gary Speed’s decision on that terrible day.

With all the money in the game we love, every available penny should go towards protecting the people that actually make the game what it is.

They should be rewarded for their services and utilised accordingly even if that is providing local level coaching to grass roots and their salaries are covered by governing bodies.

We don’t want to be reading more stories like the tragic one of Dermot Drummy.

RIP

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Dermot Drummy Image Sourced From; www.crawleynews24.co.uk

 

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Gary Rowett – A Shocking Sacking!

We all know that in modern football the shelf life of a manager is a short one, a couple of bad results and you’re pleading for your job but when you do a tremendous one, you do not expect to be lining up down the Job Centre.

This is exactly what has happened to Gary Rowett at Birmingham City in the past week.

His services were deemed surplus to requirements on Wednesday and he was immediately replaced with former Chelsea man, Gianfranco Zola.

The news broke shortly after lunchtime and was met with disbelief by most, The Blues are outside of the Championship Play-Off places on goal difference and had just beaten Ipswich 2-1 the previous evening.

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Sadly Rowett’s dismissal is everything that is wrong with the game today. A club financed by foreign money, in this case Chinese backing, has decided that they want to be able to market the club.

They clearly didn’t see the Bromsgrove man as “celebrity enough”, who cares how good he actually is or has been though right!? I mean he is no lovable Italian with 35 international caps is he. Zola, however – has managerial failures on his CV, the former defender has nothing but glowing success.

Birmingham had just been beaten 8-0 by Bournemouth in 2014 when Rowett was appointed to a club 2nd bottom of The Championship, in just over 2 years and having spent just an estimated £4m he has turned them into top half challengers. Let’s remember this season has “big clubs” Newcastle and Villa for the league’s mainstays to contend with.

Rowett’s Record:-

Played – 106

Win’s – 32          Draws – 32          Losses – 32          Win % – 39.6

He leaves the club in a far more stable position in the table whilst attracting the fans that Carson Yeung reign had driven away. The fans are understandably upset by the way in which their new board has behaved but the “supporting your club regardless” mentality will take over and they will get right behind their new man Zola.

There is no doubt that Rowett will be back in the game soon and he appears to have all the right attributes to manage at the highest level, let’s hope his next club treat him with the respect he deserves. It also needs to be said that the 42 year old turned down advances from other clubs whilst in the job at St Andrews, this is where loyalty gets you, terrible.

The FA and LMA should all be stepping in and distancing themselves from assisting Birmingham City in any future endeavours whilst under the current ownership. Fit and proper owners who know, football people…definitely not!

Sorry Birmingham City fans but any football purists now want to see you lose and your new owners to be taught an expensive lesson.

The Sack Race…

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.

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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”.

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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!

Gary Bowyewr Image Sourced From; www.thetelegraph.co.uk
LMA Image Sourced From; www.leaguemanagers.com