In the last two weeks, we’ve seen four managers in the Championship lose their jobs, and to be honest, it doesn’t surprise me in the slightest.
Huddersfield, QPR, Fulham and Blackburn have all disposed of their bosses, and I think it just highlights the way football works these days.
Now, more than ever, with the money available in the Premier League the last thing any top-flight club wants to do is drop out of the division, and the ones that want to achieve promotion for the first time and bag that money are desperate to get there.
So if they feel that their chances of making that happen are not there, as in QPR’s case in particular, they’ll get rid of the manager.
When the Venkys took over at Blackburn they were in the Premier League, but look at where they are now. Yes, some of the mismanagement might be down to them, but when you think about how much money they have put in, they’d obviously have hoped that they could get straight back to the Premier League.
At Fulham, when Mohamed Al Fayed was there everything was fine. I know a lot of fans were happy when he left the club, but the day he walked out the door, their fortunes changed and that’s how it happens.
They’ve got an owner now who is used to success, who wants his club to be challenging with the best, and certainly doesn’t like to see the club get beat 4-0 at home.
But when you look at the vast majority of the teams in the Championship, you’ll see that most of them have either already been in the Premier League or have come close to getting there, that’s what makes it one of the hardest divisions in the world.
They are all just desperate to get back into the promised land of the top-flight and the money that comes with it.
Tough to call who will get vacant jobs…
It’s so hard to say now on who will get the gigs at Fulham, QPR and Blackburn. With so many foreign chairmen coming in, it has all changed.
It used to be about those names on the magic roundabout of managers that had been tried and trusted, the Nigel Warnocks and Alex McLeishs of this world for example, people who had managed at that level in England before who would get the nod.
But now that doesn’t make any difference whatsoever. There are quite a lot of foreign owners coming in and they are advised that so-and-so is pulling up trees in Turkey or China or wherever and they go for someone left-field.
I used to be quite clever on the next manager markets, but you simply can’t second guess things anymore, you just don’t know how owners will play things.
Even harder to push up from lower leagues…
Of course you would like to see managers coming through the English footballing pyramid given more chances at the highest levels, but how long have we been saying that for?
It’s tougher now than it ever has been.. It used to be that once you got on that magic roundabout, it was hard to fall off it.
But simply getting on it in this day and age is tricky. You have to be successful in your first job, because if you’re not it’s so hard to get back.
There’s no guarantee that even if you are successful in League Two or League One that you are going to get bigger and better jobs from that.
It’s all about building up reputations, like that of Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche, and consistently bringing teams up through the leagues to make that name for yourself.
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