Football players must be held responsible for poor form, not just club managers

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Football is full of speculation, but not one season goes by without a number of managers getting sacked due to poor performances and a lack of results.

One clear and recent example of this was the dismissal of Jose Mourinho as Chelsea manager in December.

With constant talk of unrest at Stamford Bridge and the Blues not performing to the level expected of them, all fingers suddenly pointed to their Portuguese manager.


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Star players such as Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa were consistently poor, showing a complete lack of desire of commitment to a club they won the Premier League title with mere months previously.

After a dire run of form that saw Chelsea languishing painfully close to the relegation zone midway through December, Mourinho was axed.

The question to take from this is, simply: why is blame placed solely on the manager's shoulders when their team is under-performing?

Surely the time has come for players who fail to perform as expected to be punished in a way similar to how ruthlessly managers are dealt with.

It's unfair for managers to bear the burden of scrutiny when, ultimately, it's the 11 players on pitch who are responsible for showcasing their undoubted talent and taking games by the scruff of the neck.

If faith and respect for managers is so quick to be forgotten at the first sight of decline then players are just as guilty. Poor performances should be punishable by docked wages, official warnings and being excluded from fixtures until improvements are seen, rather than wielding the managerial axe.

Week in, week out, players across the Premier League continue to under-perform yet they're still picked for games and paid extortionate, if not undeserved, wages. It's time for change and time to see players punished to ease the pressure on managers.

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