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The Logic Of Sacking A Manager

You win one game as a manager; you're a genius, lose the next and your job is on the line. The unfortunate situation for football clubs in this era is there's no such thing as patience or stability, one leaves, another enters and the year has not even passed. And, who suffers most? The supporters who have to deal with illogical decisions by those with power.

As Hughton is sacked, am not using him as a sole example, but the person or people who employed him, why are they not leaving from the same door? But with hardly a month left of the season, what do you wish to expect by sacking him? Stability?

Some of these clubs have a mind-set of every few games we need another manager. Stoke are a prime example, cement yourself first then push forward, it can take time, but the results are worth it.

As an owner if you are constantly sacking managers, then you need to sack yourself because you are the problem, not them. It's time supporters owned football clubs, that way at least ticket prices could be decreased, club tradition would remain intact and managers would be given proper stability. These owners may spend money on clubs, but that money cracks over their continual illogical thinking which affects the club in the long term.

posted on 6/4/14

comment by Andy Carrot (U2440)
posted 37 minutes ago
Hughton was deserving of the sack in truth.
Genuinely? It didn't seem like that at the time

He'd just got you promoted

posted on 6/4/14

When the likes of Steve Clarke and Chris Hughton are sacked i immediately think what are these clubs hoping for?

Clubs like WBA, Norwich etc are also ways going to be treading a fine line between a relegation scrap and mid-table security.

An injury to a couple of player can completely change their season due to the level they are at.

IF Norwich were to be relegated with Houghton he would be a great manager to bring them straight back up,he's done it with Newcastle before, strange decision IMO.

posted on 6/4/14

As an owner if you are constantly sacking managers, then you need to sack yourself because you are the problem, not them.


That is a great comment, and for me you've hit the nail right on the head.

Using Norwich as an example, they've sacked Hughton. They will not get another manager who is able to achieve anything more than Hughton could, given the resources of the club. The goal of that club, at this current time, is to stay in the Premier League. Sacking a manager (who has already achieved that goal) with a handful of games to go is plain daft.

Whenever a manager is sacked, I always think that it shouldn't just be the manager who is sacked, but at the very least, the people who appointed that manager in the first place should be questioned. If you were the owner of a business, and your right hand man kept on employing people who, time after time, turned out not to be "good enough", then surely you'd start to question the judgement of your right hand man?

Or to put this in simple terms, sack the guy who is making the decision to appoint failure after failure.

Or either, realise your place in the greater scheme of things, and given the resources you have, have faith in the appointments that are made. Give them time. Don't expect miracles, only expect that realistic goals are attained. Certainly do not sack someone who has attained those goals, no matter how precarious your situation may be in the immediate term (short term).

One thing I don't agree with you on though is that supporters should own clubs. Football is a business, and thus clubs require business heads at the front of their clubs. Not fans. Fans haven't got a clue in this respect.

posted on 6/4/14

they're playing Utd at Old Trafford, who have been crap there all season...

they have Fulham at the Cottage....who been crap anywhere all season...

and games against Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal who will all be nervy because they all are still fighting for things...

I appreciate Hughton maybe should have gone in the summer.....but the sacking now is bizzarre, not sure how much affect it would have on how well they'do in their five games left.

posted on 7/4/14

I think norwich were not going to be panicked. They believe they are gone anyway with fulham winning and sunderland having games. This is purely a gamble IMO.

comment by SB&S (U17757)

posted on 7/4/14

I agree, Norwich know they are down and this is the last throw of the dice. Irrational, crazy but what have they got to lose.

posted on 7/4/14

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posted on 7/4/14

instant bounce back?

In the end blind panic solves nothing. I believe they were going to sack him anyway. I honestly do.

there are therefore important points.

1. they had better have prepared for next manager properly by now.

2. relegation or no the fact is if you are changing manager you have to be looking to bouncing back up or surviving. The parachute payments and such will enable that but if you sack the guy with no plan its likely you end up out of play offs

3. thier gamble is to sack everyone and stick in the youth coach.. do they rate him that highly? won a youth cup, is he the long term plan or it is just clearing out... I don't know. it makes zero sense to do it bar panic if he's not the man going forward

posted on 7/4/14

Sackings and Spurs are bit like hand in glove..

posted on 7/4/14

Will be interesting to see how Neil Adams does

He was a pretty decent right winger for Oldham in their most successful era under Big Joe in the early 90s when Oldham played a very attractive style of football considering they were such minnows. Neil Adams played in the same Oldham side Dennis Irwin did

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