Friday, 15 January 2010

The Managerial Merry Go Round

I don't get football sometimes.

The story starts really with my favourite, Leicester City. After years of lower table obscurity in the Championship, former West Brom and Nottingham Forest manager Gary Megson is appointed manager. Then within in two weeks, he decides to leave, forgetting all loyalty and responsibility and meaning Leicester would have to find their fifth manager in six months (a sure factor towards our relegation that year), to take the vacant Bolton job. No way. A year and a half later, he has failed to do anything significant a Bolton and is finally sacked.

Meanwhile, after a heavy defeat to Leicester City, Brian Laws leaves Sheffield Wednesday deep in the relegation zone of the Championship, by 'mutual consent' (basically, both him and the board thought he should go!). Alan Irvine, sacked recently from Preston after picking them out of relegation to the play-offs of the Championship, takes over. A step down from the play-offs of last season or a step up to a club of history in trouble. I don't know, but it was a strange one.

Up in the Premier League, Owen Coyle, of overachieving, newly promoted Burnley, snaps up the opportunity at Bolton. Hold on! Just managed to get this relatively unknown club into the Premier League and moves to a club at the same level (fighting against relegation) which is arguably on it's way down rather than up, like Burnley. Strange again. Next up comes Mr Laws again who out of the relegation zone of the Championship moves to Premier League Burnley?!

I find it sad to think of the disloyalty of managers, and clubs. I have no idea what goes through the minds of some of these people but maybe I don't want to. I know one thing: Leicester's best period has been with the great Martin O'Neill and ever since, we have been disappointing. It's only with the appointment of Nigel Pearson and his loyalty to the club that Leicester have started progressing again...