Today we have heard the surprising news that Huddersfield have parted company with Lee Clark. Currently sat in 4th place in League One and having reached the play-off final last year you would think that Lee Clark would have a job for the next few years. In fact others have thought that he has been succesful enough to link him with top jobs at Leeds and Wolverhampton Wanderers. But after three successive defeats the former Newcastle United midfielder has been shown the door.
So often managers these days can lose their job for the most trivial of reasons. Some fall foul to take overs from foreign owners. Sam Allardyce, a successful manager with Bolton, was sacked by Blackburn following a takeover from the Venky family. The reason given was that they didn’t think that he could help maintain Blackburn’s survival in the Premiership. Everyone was in turn expecting a big managerial name to step into the gap, but instead, little known Steve Kean ended up as manager.
Sven Goran Eriksson had a successful time at Manchester City and led them to their highest league position in years, but this was not good enough. The owners had sights much higher, and Sven was shown the door.
Managers up and down the country must live in fear for their job every time they lose a game. In a cut throat business it seems that managers are getting less and less time to make it work. But does it work? Well look at the longest serving managers, Sir Alex, Arsene Wenger and David Moyes. Sir Alex hs led Manchester United into the history books forever, he is and always will be the manager that every other will look up to. Arsene Wenger was given time and in turn delivered Arsenal an undefeated season in the Premiership as they won the title. Then there is David Moyes. Often having to work within a strict budget he led Everton to the Champions League, he has often taken them to positions in the league that no one would have predicted but after 10 seasons in charge he is widely thought of as a highly succesful and talented manager.
So owners, fans and the like. Give your managers respect, give them time, let them bring success. A manager shouldnt have to fear for his job but these days a manager’s job is never truly safe. A couple of defeats and fans will start calling for your head. To drop out of a league or not gaining promotion can cost so much money financially an owner can not take the risk.