A statistic that may shock many, is that David Moyes, manager of Manchester United, is the 11th longest serving manager in the Premier League after taking charge in the summer.
The outcry of giving manager's time has arisen once more this week after the sackings of Villas-Boas and Clarke after both managers were shown the door.
It's evident in modern football that many chairmans and owners believe that hiring and firing will lead to success...eventually. Who do we have to thank for this ludicrous ideology? Step forth Roman Abramovich.
Nine different managers have taken the helm at Stamford Bridge (Gus Hiddink on a temporary basis) since the Russian bought the club from Ken Bates in 2003. Yes, in this term, they've been to Champions League finals on two occasions, they've won Premier League titles and FA Cups, yet it's difficult to oversee the various internal troubles the club has had during this time.
The questionable purchases of Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres are just a few who didn't seem to be signings of the manager and seemed to create rifts between the owner and manager, such as with Mourinho during his first stint and Ancelotti.
After reports from the Daily Mail that Andre-Villas Boas only approved of three signings of seven that were signed in the summer, it's hard to not take the story seriously with a figure in the shape of Daniel Levy in the background. If the story is true and it is proven that Spurs spent £56 million on the likes of Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela and Chiriches, then the treatment of the former manager is unjust.
It's absurd to bring up the argument that Villas-Boas needed time for these players to gel, when he didn't want them. How can a manager hope to carry out any kind of long-term project if he's continuously undermined?
It's worrying for managers of the future when they see Villas-Boas used as a scapegoat for all of Spurs' troubles this season yet Franco Baldini was responsible for the 'bargain deals' Tottenham made this summer. Yes, the manager must shoulder the blame for how his side are performing, but if Spurs were to sign Hulk instead of Soldado, would results be different?
This is where some big clubs in the Premier League must lead by example. Yes, Sir Alex is the perfect example, but at the end of the day it's not even worth aspiring to follow his footsteps, as it will be a long time until we see another manager stay in charge for over 20 years. Arsene Wenger? Possibly. It's without question he's been a great servant for over 10 years for the Gunners, but to survive the scrutiny he has for the last 7 years is almost as impossible as Sir Alex's career.
If you were a manager, look no further then Brendan Rogers and Alan Pardew. They're both in the top 5 longest serving managers of the Premier League, however they've both been under large amounts of pressure in the past. Liverpool, in particular, are profiting from sticking with their manager after starting the season in scintillating form. With the hierarchy of Liverpool letting Rogers take the responsibility of outlining targets to buy, they've uncovered gems in the likes of Coutinho and Sturridge.
Alan Pardew is a special case. He'll be celebrating his 3rd year in charge of Newcastle this weekend but it's almost as he's brand new. When you think a manager with his experience may be given more responsibility, for example with transfers, Mike Ashley brings in Joe Kinnear as Director of Football.
Although this made many felt uncomfortable at the start of the season, after signing only one player, Loic Remy, Pardew was forced to weather the storm and he's subsequently come out brighter on the other side. His side go into the weekend at a respectable 6th place and look like a side with massive amounts of confidence, especially after wins against Chelsea and Manchester United.
However, Newcastle's success this season won't be down to their new Director of Football, Joe Kinnear, even though Remy has proved to be vital for the Magpies, scoring 8 goals this season.
What we will end up seeing, is that managers' jobs will be determined from the performance of the Director of Football, and if we take current examples, it seems that manager's will either perish or shine in this modern predicament.
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