Now this comes off the back of the recent sacking of Paul Sturrock and Bobby Robson, as well as the Sven situation at England. In the summer, players have a break, along with the majority of fans, from the lengths of the season. Managers rarely have the chance to do this, now more than ever due to the transfer window limiting the amount of time they have to sign a player (but we can complain about this at a later stage). This means that they often only get to have 2-4 weeks off a year from football.
We are only 4 games into the new season, but already Sturrock and Robson are jobless, with reports suggesting Souness has quit Ewood Park for the comforts of Newcastle. Now although the starts for Saints and Newcastle haven't been the greatest in respect to their final position last year, how the chairman/board of either club can justify sacking the manager this early is mad.
In this day and age, results are all that clubs can be judged on (no matter how much Spurs fans want to argue that crowds and "reputation" matters to the results on the pitch). Now, with a club like Newcastle, I can understand how they may feel that a new manager may be the ticket to bringing back something resembling the "glory days". But when you look at Southampton's recent record, before the Strachan revolution, they were fighting relegation. Granted, they have played in Europe and finished well above their usual 17th place of 5 years back, but even the most ardent fan cannot say that Sturrock deserved to get sacked. After all, they have only given him a few months to try and mould the club into something that resembles his own ideas.
I also am worried over the perceived power of the modern day manager. Recently, we had Sven-gate, which although was nothing to do with football and results, threatened his job. And rightly so in my opinion. The guy is employed as a manager to win things, and anything that could disrupt this from his personal live has to be monitored, especially when we have "only" reached the quarters of the last 2 competitions. And there is now an estimated £12million clause that Sven will get if he is sacked. Now excuse me for not understanding football contracts that well, but its my view that if somebody is rightfully sacked, then they are entitled to no compensation. So if we sack Sven for losing against Poland, or not taking 6 points out of 6, how can he then come back and ask us for £12million when he has won nothing? He says he has no intention of quitting, and neither would I if I had that kind of a contract in place.
Sure, a manager is important to a team, but they aren't the only person who has a hand in the success of the team. And you don't hear much about coaches on millions of pounds a year. Ah well, this is just 1 of the things in football that I needed to talk about. Now that is done, back to arguing about Lisbie and his goal scoring abilities. (this could be a long one!)