The managerial merry go round has started
The season is only just over but already clubs are making decisions to sack managers and bring in new ones as they hope for a brighter future. Six of last season’s Football League clubs currently have caretaker managers whilst another five have no manager at all, although Fleetwood Town’s new boss Joseph Barton will take over in early June.
In the Premier League, relegated West Brom are still to make a decision on Darren Moore and Arsenal’s search for Arsène Wenger’s replacement has become something of a soap opera.
Today, two more Premier League clubs decided to dispense with their managers. Everton went first with the sacking of former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce and that was quickly by West Ham who parted company with former Everton boss David Moyes.
At Everton, new chief executive Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: “I’d like to thank Sam for the job he has done at Everton over the last seven months. Sam was brought in at a challenging time last season to provide us with some stability and we are grateful to him for doing that.
“However, we have made the decision that, as part of our longer term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer and will be commencing this process immediately.”
Over at West Ham, where Moyes’ contract came to an end, joint chairman David Sullivan thanked him for his contribution. “They deserve great respect for the job they have done and they leave the club with our best wishes.”
So, it seems, Everton no longer want the stability and West Ham, who have been heading up the table, would prefer to move in a different direction, presumably down the table.
For the record, Allardyce took the Everton job on 30th November. Ronald Koeman had gone over a month earlier but they didn’t seem to know what to do for a while before causing upset at Watford with an approach for Marco Silva.
They were 13th at the time with 15 points from 14 games. Allardyce won them a further 34 points from 24 games. Only the top six and Crystal Palace secured more points in that time, although it has to be said that he was never able to win over the demanding Goodison Park crowd.
By then, Moyes had been at West Ham for over three weeks following the sacking of Slaven Bilic. What a mess they were in. Only Swansea, and the apparently doomed Palace, were below them. They had a big fight on to stay in the league. Although not quite as good as Allardyce’s return, Moyes’ team won 33 from 27 games during his tenure, more than good enough for a mid-table position.
Ten of the clubs who played in the Premier League have changed manager since the start of the season and, incredibly, 41 of the 92 clubs including the Football League. No fewer than 18 clubs have changed manager more than once since the end of last season.
I sometimes wonder whether clubs will ever learn.Share this page :