Guest blogger Avery Wenck writes of the short term thinking of football club chairmen today and the difficulties managers face.
Managers nowadays must live their lives knowing that their job is always on the line.
Being the manager of a club on any level could be seen as a dream job for most football fans, but behind the scenes it might not be as great as most people think. Managers are often scrutinised for their team’s lack of performance throughout the season and are axed unfairly. Could it be that the fans are actually being a little unfair rather than the manager being poor?
Take Roberto Di Matteo for example.
After Andre Villas-Boas was sacked last season, Di Matteo came in and won Chelsea the FA Cup and the Champions League. After going through a rough spell this season, not even a year later, Roman Abramovich decided that it was in the clubs’ best interest to move on to another manager. Chelsea were top four in the table at the time and it seems rather ridiculous for a manager of that calibre to be sacked for a little bit of a rough spell. Chelsea then brought in Rafael Benitez, who was instantly hated by the Blues faithful – and with good reason.
Tottenham’s Harry Redknapp had a fantastic couple of years with the club, bringing in magnificent players and taking Spurs to the Champion’s League. Last season, during a rough spell for the club and controversy over him taking the England job, Redknapp was axed by Spurs in exchange for Andre Villas-Boas.
During the early parts of this season, Spurs fans became impatient with AVB due to their lack of positioning atop the table. This was a bit unfair as Spurs have not found themselves on the bottom half of the table much at all this season.
It is up to the manager to put the best possible squad out onto the pitch as he can. This means that players from different countries and different situations must play alongside each other and sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Not all football players are humble and their own egos can get in the way of what’s best for the team. Maybe football managers are unfairly sacked and constantly criticised for their team’s performance; maybe they aren’t, but that’s why they are paid millions to do their job.
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