With more departures than a London airport, the annual chop and changing of managerial positions in the top flight is well under way.
From Manchester City to Stoke, maybe not always with great alacrity, clubs at both ends of the spectrum have opted for a change in their manager in the hope of bettering themselves, building on previous success or starting fresh after a torrid last campaign. But is it always for the better?
The fans and executives of relegated boys Wolverhampton Wonderers will tell you horror stories of the sacking of their old boss Mick McCarthy. In 2012 McCarthy lost his job after an eight year spell at the club.
It has now transformed their team from a top flight side to just one of many contenders for the League One title. Although the trap door loomed for Wolves towards the latter part of the 11/12 season and relegation to the Championship was all but confirmed when McCarthy got the boot, it’s clear to see their four managerial changes since have only hindered the club further.
Whereas this would not have been the case if the lower league veteran and promotion ‘guru’ was still at the helm.
McCarthy is just one of many managers who have fallen short as a result of their own success and hard work. As is so often the case many lose their job after fighting so doggedly to get the club promoted which doesn’t seem fair, just ask Adkins, Zola or McDermott.
You can almost guarantee by Christmas time, at least one of the newly promoted sides would have elected for change in their manager, leaving one of the Premier League’s latest bosses with an unwanted holiday gift.
Supposing Holloway, Bruce or Mackay experience a run of bad results, they risk losing their job after being giving just five months to show what they can do in the top division.
“But, football is a results business” is so often the go to phrase used in a press release announcing the departure of a manager. This precedes their token regrets and best wishes for the departee and appears right before they receive a tirade of abuse from fans for sacking their favourite manager.
The shocking statistic of Alan Pardew being the second longest serving manager in the league, after just two years in charge at St James’ Park, knocks home just how short the careers of Premier League managers really can be.
That’s even without the clueless Sheikh or Russian breathing down your neck. Growing impatience from the men in suits partnered with increased TV revenue deals for top flight clubs, more money at stake means that the relentless and unforgiving business of the top division does not appear to be loosening its grip anytime soon.
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