Managerial Merry-Go-Round

The Managerial Merry-Go-Round is that term that we all know but doesn’t seem to have been used as much in recent years, but let’s be honest it’s always been there hasn’t it? The heyday for me was about ten years ago when the like of Pardew, Curbishley, Allardyce, Hodgson, Redknapp, McLeish, Bruce, Warnock and the like were always being touted for any job that came up. Most of the time they were replacing each other or at least someone similar in management style. It was just the easy option for the various chairmen and owners of these clubs who sacked their manager a few months into the season.

A few of the above named managers are still doing the rounds and their names have once again been mentioned it the past couple of weeks with managers now starting to lose their job at Crystal Palace, Everton and now West Ham. Of course there are a few different names now in that pool of managers, like Pulis, Moyes, Hughes, Coleman and McClaren along with a few foreign coaches too. In the whole though, they’re British managers that “can come in and do a job” short-term initially but then hopefully going forward too.

No surprise that this season then the sackings have started to happen, Roy Hodgson was in early at Palace after Frank de Boer was sacked after four games. Everton though are still waiting around to appoint their new manager after releasing Ronald Koeman of his duties two weeks ago. No messing around for West Ham United though as within a day of sacking Slaven Bilic yesterday, they have replaced him today with former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland manager David Moyes.

Normally when a manager gets sacked the fans are very glad to see the back of him, on the odd occasion of course it can come as a surprise to them. Listening to West Ham fans recently though they do not seem to have any issues towards Bilic, all their frustrations seem to be aimed at the owners Sullivan & Gold. Moyes is in though and to some it does come as a big surprise considering he has failed at his last three managerial jobs. I can see their point, why employ someone who has his recent record, how can that inspire certain fans to get behind the Scot. Personally I still think he’s a very good manager and with the talent of players that are at West Ham he can definitely get them up that Premier League table. The pressure is on him though more than ever, as if he fails again he may find himself falling off the Merry-Go-Round just like Alan Curbishley.

As for Everton, I was so pleased for their care-taker manager David Unsworth the other day when he finally got a win. Even more so after his team came from 2-0 down to beat Watford 3-2 at Goodison Park. I cannot seem him still being in charge in two weeks time though once the Premier League gets back under way after the international break. Could it be Sam Allardyce though? I’m not so sure, I’m sure he said he was retiring from club football. Let’s wait and see anyway, I’m sure this will not be the end of the Merry-Go-Round for this season.

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