Beat around the Bush

SILLY season is well and truly with us in terms of the footballer merry-go-round, but in percentage terms, it’s the manager ‘transfers’ themselves that have been grabbing the headlines in the past few months.

By the time this article appears, it’s likely that Neil Warnock, who is currently lying 51st in the longest serving managers ‘league’ covering the four divisions, will have made the top 50, which is quite remarkable when you consider he’s yet to reach his one-year anniversary.

Such is the insecurity of this position, it’s hard to believe that already this season, approximately one third of the clubs in the top four divisions have changed their managers and there are many clubs out there with caretakers.

I really feel for some of the managers that have departed this season. Chris Hughton’s ‘reward’ for taking Newcastle out of what we know to be an extremely tough Championship and into a respectable mid-table position in the Premier League, was to be replaced by a manager whose last job outside of League One was to take Charlton Athletic into the bottom three of the Championship.

Roy Hodgson was given a remarkable 20 games to transform Liverpool into a Champions League outfit and the most baffling of all, the departure of Sam Allardyce at Blackburn, who basically did nothing wrong at all!

Until recently, it seemed only a matter of time before Avram Grant was put out of his misery at West Ham in a saga that seems to have been running since he joined the club and now, frankly, is an insult to the man.

Now the point, of course, is why can’t we have a transfer window for managers?

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When a player doesn’t perform, you rarely see him sacked in the middle of a contract and he’s just shipped off to the reserves, but the poor old manager has a string of bad results and is shown the door!

Yes, this may sound silly, but doesn’t a manager deserve the same treatment as a player? After all, the buck stops with him.

Who’s to say that a manager suffering a bad run of results wouldn’t turn it around given some extra time in charge, rather than being sacked three months into a season? A player can turn it round when he’s out of form, so why can’t a manager?

I say bring in a window for manager changes, along the lines of the player transfer window in place now and give the poor fellas a chance.

I wonder who’d be in charge of QPR now, if this had been introduced three or four years ago?

Maybe this is not such a good idea after all!