Clubs lose £100m on managers

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Figures have been released by the League Managers Association (LMA) claiming that English clubs have spent nearly £100 million on manager changes over the last season.

Legal fees involved in sacking managers, along with paying out contracts, compensation packages and purchasing managers from other clubs all contributed to the sky high fee, as well as some clubs having to pay both the leaving and incoming manager on double contracts.


With big name gaffers Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto Di Matteo, Roy Hodgson, Chris Hughton, Sam Allardyce, Avram Grant and Gerard Houllier all losing their jobs last season, the managerial revolving door was particularly busy.

Ancelotti was a particular shock, with the Chelsea manager only at Stamford Bridge for two seasons before Roman Abramovich showed him the exit door. Under his reign, Chelsea had won their first FA Cup and title double, and came second in the season that he was sacked.

And Chelsea weren’t the only ones to expect success in a very short time from their manager, with Liverpool only giving Roy Hodgson six months before the Anfield club sacked him in favour of Kenny Dalglish. Hodgson had agreed a £2 million compensation fee to leave Fulham for Liverpool in July last year, and after the Reds gave him the boot, he quickly moved on to West Bromich Albion in place of the sacked Roberto Di Matteo.

LMA chief executive Richard Bevan argued that clubs needed to give managers time to make their mark on the side, in order to save money on continually changing gaffers and not seeing results.

"We want to move away from managers being judged on their last three results,” he said.

"In fact, when results take a downturn that is when the club should support its manager even more, not jump for the quick fix."

Sir Alex Ferguson, the current longest serving manager in England, weighed in on the debate, saying the pressure on managers is far too high when they know their job is on the line from day one.

"It's always a problem in modern-day management, you see time and time again that these guys are only in a position a year before the clubs are sacking them,” he said.

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