Modern footballing pressures often lead to a managerial merry-go-round which can sometimes be laughable.
David Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson are two of the longest serving managers in the game but their numbers are dwindling fast particularly after the latest announcements.
With clubs striving for immediate success, or relative success, they have no qualms in dismissing manager after manager if it means they get closer to where they want to be.
Chelsea are a perfect example of this.
Roman Abramovich is quite happy to chop and change managers almost on a season by season basis as he looks to dominate in the Premier League and in Europe. Longevity is not a concern for Abramovich and he may argue that by chopping and changing his managers has in fact led Chelsea to as much success as any other club in that period of time.
The notion that stability brings success is perhaps not always true but clubs are very short-sighted in the modern world. Financially it is very important for clubs to finish as high as possible in the league in order to gain the wealth and the qualification for Europe that they strive for. Clubs get twitchy if a few results don’t go their way but the grass is not always greener on the other side.
That is why the likes of David Moyes, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger are a dying breed. Obviously this trio of managers have achieved their own success at their clubs which always helps them remain in a job but clubs like Everton, Manchester United and Arsenal are few and far between. Maybe they have just been lucky to have found the right man for their club.
Gary Neville has suggested that the appointment of David Moyes at Manchester United is a victory for sanity and I am inclined to agree with him. Clearly United have certain criteria in mind when they appointed Moyes and I believe that longevity in a manager was one of them. In Moyes they have seen someone with the correct attributes to be a great servant to the club.
It could have been easy for them to look for a higher profile manager, such as Mourinho, but very rarely do they last a long time. By giving Moyes a six-year deal United and Moyes are in this for the long haul. After all how many managers stay at a club for six years?
I doubt in fifteen years time we will be able to see any managers who are managing today still at their current club. Maybe clubs will change their thinking but with pressures and demands in football increasing I doubt that very much. I doubt there will be another Ferguson or Wenger but if there is it could well be David Moyes if all goes to plan for him and United.
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