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Premier League clubs are too quick to sack managers

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Richard Bevan, CEO of the League Managers Association, has recently exclaimed that the number of sackings in the English leagues "is embarrassing" and "arrogant". 

The English leagues underwent 103 sackings - including backroom staff - as of 20th March during this term but does the sacking of the manager help or hinder?

Roman Abramovich, owner of Chelsea, is the man who has transformed (and for some) ruined the essence of the managerial position. It has become almost inevitable that managing Chelsea lasts no longer than a year and a half at most. Abramovich has seen, Benítez included, 9 official managerial changes in his comparatively short 10-year tenure at the club. 

But this trend is not exclusive to Chelsea. Now Arsene Wenger of Arsenal is the only manager to have been at a Premier League club for more than three years.

A sacking is not necessarily due to the fact that a manager is not able to do his job but because his team need a boost or a fresh source of energy. This is normally the case when dealing with managerial sackings midway through the season as we can see with Sunderland this season.

Paolo Di Canio was brought in to make sure that Sunderland were to avoid relegation or at most a relegation battle. As is normal, Sunderland underwent certain rejuvenation for the first couple of games against Newcastle and Everton and then what?

Of course the initial rejuvenation brought about by the new manager faded away and Sunderland were again their previous selves - but without a manager as proven as Martin O'Neill.

However, there are some positive aspects to changing managers. This is most notable in the remarkable transformation that was Chelsea last season. Under Andres Villas-Boas, Chelsea were lounging about in fifth and on the verge of being knock out of the Champions League. And then came Roberto Di Matteo. Chelsea famously went on to win the Champions League. 

But Di Matteo was consequently fired soon after the next season started and so his short-lived success eventually amounted to nothing such is the success required from a modern day manager.

But an example, perhaps more warming, is the acquisition of Harry Redknapp by Tottenham Hotspur eight games into the 2008/2009. Tottenham were bottom with two points from the opening eight games. 

Once again, to put it short, Redknapp transformed things at Tottenham and enjoyed almost four years of highly entertaining and quality football which is still visible today. 

And so, the question remains. Hindrance or help? Clubs need to stick by managers regardless of their bad phases or at times when the club isn't doing so well. 

Manchester United nearly sacked Ferguson in his first couple of seasons at the club. But they didn't and he later transformed the club to the biggest in the world.


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