The career of a premier league Manager comes with lots of up’s and down’s, one minute a hero the next anything but. Not so long ago, supporters were filling the streets with banners and the wearing of a black scarf, signifying some Arsenal supporters views on the current Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. A few seasons of what they considered to be bad results, the lack of spending was also seen as bad management.
Today those same supporters seem quieter, we seldom see black scarves and banners expressing ‘Wenger Out’. It’s not impossible to understand how some supporters do not need too many bad results before turning against players or managers. On some occasion’s, even the owners are pointed out for ridicule, yes, even though they have spent many millions of their own money to buy the said club.
Arsenal is not the only club out of the twenty Premier League clubs to have had similar problems from supposedly loyal supporter’s, Newcastle, Liverpool Manchester United and their neighbours City have all had problems. When you look at the numbers of managers these clubs have had over the years you wonder why anyone would want to be a Football Manager.
Premier League Management is a high profile job in which the pressure exists every week throughout the playing season. Managers are expected to face the press and answer questions that are often meant to embarrass the person in front of the camera. The Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, is flavour of the moment. After a slow pre season and only a draw for their opening game, the press are looking for headline news. Selling goalkeeper Petr Cech to Arsenal was another story they could twist and turn.
It has to be said that most Premier Managers do not like to sell good players to their immediate rivals, why strengthen another club, but in certain circumstances it has to happen. Premier league players want to play for premier clubs, should they not be happy at a certain club then they have a right to move on, A bit like a skilled man in the engineering business, who moves to another firm for more money or better opportunities, well within his rights to do so, the only difference is contracts, and whether that worker has fulfilled what he signed on for.
As for Mourinho, he has just publicly criticised his on field doctor for rushing on the pitch to treat an injured player. Chelsea were already playing with ten men after their goalkeeper had been sent off, and Mourinho realised like most Managers would that when a player is treated on the field of play he has to leave the field before play starts again thus leaving his side with nine players against eleven. Mourinho had the hump, and he showed that on the pitch, the press have, of course, had a field day and now they are writing in their daily’s that Mourinho may not last the season.
Its only last week, that I heard Alan Shearer, a television pundit, ex England player asked to name the club prior to this seasons start who he felt would lift the League Title this season. Shearer stated that he felt any team with Mourinho as their manager, would win the league as he felt he was the best manager, I wonder what he feels about that statement now.
Lets have a look at another Manager, LVG at Manchester United. He had, what could be described as a bad season last season, I would expect that should he have a run of bad results this season he could also be gone before the seasons end. The Manchester City Manager Pelegrini has also stated that not winning the league this season will also end his City career. Our own Arsene Wenger has not won the premier league in an age so what are his chances of finishing the season still in a job should the league not be won by us. I would be willing to bet that he is still here next season, but who knows, with many owners who demand success.
Premier league Managers can earn fortunes with the right club, is it right that they can be discarded, even with a contract, when 20 other clubs compete for just one premier league trophy, What’s your view?
Written by Steve Palmer