Being a manager nowadays is a tough job, if a team are performing below expectation then the boss is usually the one that everyone places blame on, especially if it is a new manager trying to implement his legacy. But, this is a hard task to achieve when they are given such a short period of time.
There are many examples of managers getting their team to pull results out of the bag after going through a rough spell, but many get the sack due to unbelievable amounts of criticism from the fans and this puts pressure on the owners to act on the situation.
Alan Pardew has been victim of an incredible amount of abuse from Newcastle United supporters, and while they had the right to be frustrated due to frankly, pretty dismal displays, they cannot place all the blame on the manager.
Nonetheless, performances and results have picked up and now the fans seem to be getting behind Pardew once again.
Another example of this is Sam Allardyce, during certain parts of last season he was facing the sack and plenty of the fans were backing that decision to the hill.
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But now look at West Ham, they are pulling off some unbelievable results and flying high in the Premier League table, after their fantastic result against Manchester City, some people were even saying the Hammers boss should have taken the role as the England manager after Fabio Capello stepped down.
One manager to fall victim to the expectations of the job last season was David Moyes, of course, performances were poor and United were certainly underachieving. However, you look at where they are in the table this season under Louis van Gaal and think, if Moyes was given more time and allowed to bring in players of his own choosing in the summer transfer window, would things be better now for United? Obviously, that is something we will never know, but it certainly gets me wondering.
New managers have an even tougher job, if they don't hit the ground running, the majority of people look to the gaffer as the cause of the problem. But managers need to be given time to implement their playing style into the team and they need to be given the chance to sign the players they think will fit into that system.
Time is key
How can a manager be expected to turn things around when he barely has time to get his feet under the table before he his replaced by someone else? Supporters and owners need to be more lenient with their managers and give them a chance to prove themselves.
Every team goes through rough patches, sometimes it is the managers fault, sometimes it isn't, we cannot go around assuming it's the former in every case. So, the point here is this; if managers are given time by the fans and owners to turn to things around, it usually works, so maybe more clubs should give it a try.