Managers are axed far too quickly

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Do managers get the sack without being given enough time? Are they simply doing too badly to carry on with the job? We take a look at the merry-go-round that is managerial life in England's top flight.

Chelsea. The name on everybody's lips when discussing the time managers have to make a team their own. Yes, Roman Abramovich is a fan of the fickle finger of 'fired' made famous, on the BBC, by the ex-owner of rivals Spurs: Alan Sugar.

The Russian has watched seven different managers come and go since he took over in 2003, with only Jose Mourinho successfully walking out on his own accord. Abramovich is not one to wait around for results to come. He wants results immediately.

The best example of this was Luiz Felipe Scolari. He came into the Blues' job with a glittering CV boasting the Brazil national team job amongst other impressive feats. But he was soon to succumb to the Chelsea bug and, feeling the full force of the Premier League, he was sacked after only six months in charge.

Maybe we should look at the bigger names in football management to sway Abramovich from his ways. When Sir Alex Ferguson took over Manchester United the late 80's he didn't find form straightaway. In fact there was a point when United sat 17th in the First division table in 1989.

But Manchester United kept faith and look at them now. The most successful team in England, driven by that man Ferguson.

So will United adopt the same patience for Moyes? His United side sit eighth in the league, eight points off current leaders Arsenal. It's not like we haven't seen managers sacked this early before.

Just this season Paulo Di Canio was sacked after only five games in charge (excluding the eight at the back end of last season) of Sunderland. This was more down to the players revolting against his unusual management style but after only gaining one point from a possible 15, league position may have contributed to the Italian's departure.

After a successful tenure at Brighton, how will Gus Poyet do with the Black Cats? And more importantly how long will he get to do it?

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