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Impatient chairmen too quick to shun Premier League managers

Di Matteo was sacked earlier this season (©Getty Images)
Di Matteo was sacked earlier this season (©Getty Images).

Far too often have we seen chairmen, such as Roman Abramovich, sack the manager of their club for little or no reason.

We see them pumping money into their clubs and expecting to have instant success and that, sometimes, isn't even enough. Any manager or player would tell you that time is a key component when it comes to finding glory. 

Sir Alex Ferguson, for one, hadn't won a trophy with Manchester United in his first two seasons in charge until he won the FA cup in the 1989/90 campaign and he didn't win the title until 1993. He has since gone on to become recognised as one of the best managers of all time. Without the backing of the board any manager is likely to fail.

After the recent sacking of Nigel Adkins, I was in disbelief and I doubt any manager in England feels that their job is secure. After successfully guiding  Southampton to back to back promotions from the League One to the Premier League, the team was lying in a healthy 15th place and three points above the relegation places in their first season up. 

Sure they started the season poorly but that was after a tough schedule and Adkins had managed to turn things around and was currently on a five match unbeaten run in the league which included games against teams such as Chelsea and Arsenal. No fewer than two days after pulling off a shock 2-2 draw with Chelsea was Adkins shown the door.

The fans reacted furiously and protested, for what seemed like only a short period of time, but got no answers apart from that Nigel Adkins, the man who got them to where they are, did not have the big-name profile. 

In comes Mauricio Pochettino, a manager who had just previously been sacked by lowly Espanyol, after a loss to Getafe had them lying in last place. This bewildered me seeing as Nigel Adkins had a lot more to show for being a manager than the Argentine, who is certainly not a high profile manager.

Since then Southampton have managed a suprising 3-1 win over Manchester City but still see themselves sitting in 15th place. It remains to be seen what Pochettino will achieve at Southampton but one thing is for sure, we will never see the heights that Nigel Adkins could have brought them.

Every manager needs time to build his team and let them gel. But that does not seem to be the case for Chelsea's owner, Roman Abramovich, who has demanded instant success and has sacked any manager who has not provided it. 

Many people believe that even after all the trophies Jose Mourinho had given the club, he was told to leave for failing in Europe. Avram Grant came in but was sacked after failing to win a single trophy in his first year in charge, although he managed to guide the Blues to a runners-up spot in the Champions League, the Premier League and the League Cup.

Several other managers came and went until Roberto di Matteo was given the job as interim first team coach after the unsuccessful Andre Villas-Boas experiment. Chelsea were struggling in all areas including being 3-1 down to Napoli after the first leg of the last-16 knockout round in the Champions league. But Di Matteo somehow turned things around and won not only the Champions League, knocking out Barcelona on the way, but also the FA Cup. He managed to fulfil Abramovich's European dream within two months of taking charge when everything had been in turmoil.

The following season, we saw Di Matteo bring in a few good young players such as Eden Hazard and Oscar but after a run of bad form he was sacked after only eight months in charge. 

Again I sit here wondering what was Abramovich expecting from Di Matteo. He had exceeded what most managers do in their whole careers within two months of being in charge and then wasn't given a full season to attempt build his own team. 

Abramovich looked to Benitez for the answers - a manager who was, and still is, hated by many of the Chelsea supporters after bad mouthing the team in previous years. And he has not shown enough quality so far this season to deserve a contract extension. Di Matteo could have gone on to win many titles with the Chelsea team he was building, but it was cut short by a trigger-happy Abramovich.

This unfortunately has not been the first, nor will it be the last, time we will see managers being mistreated and falling victim to the chairman's wrath. 

We have seen it before with managers such as Chris Hughton. After bringing Newcastle up and consolidating their Premier League place, he was let go for a newer more "high profile" figure. Although in their minds they may believe that they are doing what is right for their club, it is setting teams back and is an injustice to not only the manager but the players and fans alike. 

 

 

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