Is it time for a managerial transfer window?
Blackpool boss Paul Ince would like to see a transfer window introduced for managers as well as players
The number of managers that have been sacked in the English League this season is remarkable, from Premier League down to League Two.
Blackburn Rovers have been the most high-profile of club to have sacked more than one manager this season, having actually managed to get through three - Steve Kean, Henning Berg and most recently Michael Appleton. The latter lasted just 67 days and only 15 games.
Former Rovers boss Paul Ince believes that a managerial transfer window would help to protect managers. Speaking last month, the Blackpool chief told BBC Radio Lancashire: "There needs to be some legislation where there’s protection for managers.
"It needs to work both ways – not just for managers getting sacked, but for managers who want to leave."
What is certain is that the days of managers staying at their clubs for the length of time Sir Alex Ferguson has at Manchester United are behind us. Take Chelsea as an example, Roberto Di Matteo lost perhaps four or five games and even though he had guided Chelsea to an FA Cup and Champions League double, his time was up and was out of the door less than six months after those triumphs.
It caught everyone by surprise when Southampton saw fit to part ways with Nigel Adkins, they had earned a respectable 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge just days before he was sacked.
Brazilian league football is notorious for hiring and firing managers on a regular basis, given no person time to settle at a club. The fact of the matter is that the firing of managers after a few defeats is not going to go away unless something is done about it.
The managerial transfer window could easily work the same as the player transfer window that happens throughout the summer and January. It gives protection to a manager whom may have found they beginning of the season difficult, but just needed that little bit of time to bed into the role and now has the chance to take the club forward.
It also protects clubs from their managers being poached, as the law could be applied universally, thus meaning managers could only move in the transfer windows. It begs the question though, if the manager and the chairman fall out, then it’s not like a player that can be told to train with the reserves or stuck in the stands then the entire running of the club would come under pressure.
It’s food for thought however, and it could well be something that is written in to the list of subjects come the next FIFA general meeting. Managers deserve the same amount of protection that the players get and unless some sort of rule is introduced, the merry-go-round 'hire & fire' culture in football management looks set to continue.
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