Changing of the guard

Changing of the guard
The last few weeks have seen a number of high profile managerial casualties in the Premier League.

Billy Davies got the boot at Derby County, Steve Bruce left Birmingham for Wigan and Alex McLeish took over at St Andrews after ditching his post as Scotland manager.

But that question that remains is whether or not club owners and chairman are patient enough with their managers and coaches.

Davies got his club promoted to the Premier League after just a few months at the helm and was given just over a dozen games before Paul Jewell took his place.

Bruce got his chance with Wigan after Chris Hutchings was give just a handful of games after moving up from assistant manager to manager in the summer.

And lets not forget the plight of poor Martin Jol who guided Tottenham to a couple of fifth place finishes and was undermined almost from the start of the season.

Maybe chairmen should take their lead from Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson.

It took Sir Alex a few years to settle down in his position as manager of the Red
Devils but once he was given time to flourish he delivered.

Not every club can back their manager with millions of pounds but why not give a manager a little bit of time to make their mark in the job.

After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Was Hutchings’ sacking fair?

I’m sure a lot of people think that building a team around Titus Bramble and Emile Heskey deserves the boot but I think that sacking of poor Chris Hutchings was desperately unfair.

Hutchings was given 12 matches to transform Wigan and, in all fairness, they started off well and rose to the top half of the table.

But after a run of six straight defeats they dropped dramatically and are now in the bottom three.

The reason my heart goes out to Hutchings is because he was never really wanted at the JJB.

He wasn’t unpopular with the fans but Latics chairman Dave Whelan took a calculated risk giving him the post, knowing that if it went horribly wrong he would make a quick change.

And that is exactly what he has done.

Unfortunatley for Hutchings, it is the second time he has been given a crack at the Premier League, it is the second time he has replaced Paul Jewell and it is the second time he was lasted just a dozen games.

I wonder if he would be tempted to take up the assistant’s post in Jewell makes his return?