A Premier League manager’s job takes it toll. Life is stressful at the hot seat in the world’s richest league. The manager is the victim of the ‘Great Man’ principle, he is treated as a divinely inspired monarch who gets to make all the decisions at the club until eventually he supposedly loses contact with the higher power, and is sacked.
Amidst all the mega TV broadcast deals that clubs garner, amidst supporters cursing their club owners for taking profits out of their regional clubs and amidst sentiments for the game itself, is the Premier League becoming a ruthless machine, sacrificing good old relationships in favour of immediate results? The general ‘feeling’ around the game is that managers do not get enough time to build for the long term. Reality check: This is a quick results business.
Francesco Guidolin ought to have been pleased with himself at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, having saved Swansea City from relegation, guaranteed to earn another year’s worth of broadcast money. Two months into the current campaign, the Italian was sacked by the club’s American owners in favour of Bob Bradley, who in the process became the first American to take charge of a Premier League team. He ought to have been pleased with himself. After 7 defeats in 11 games, earning the distinction of the second shortest managerial reign in Premier League history, he was given the sack.
Crystal Palace were 11 minutes from a memorable F.A cup final victory against Manchester United last May. However United managed to score the winner in extra win to give the Red Devils their first F.A cup in 12 years. The Dutchman called it his greatest managerial triumph, due to the fact that he felt ‘his head was in a noose for 6 months’. Alan Pardew retained his position as Crystal Palace boss till December 22nd, paving the way for ‘Big’ Sam Allardyce.
Former Manchester United Assistant Manager Mike Phelan took over the reins at Hull City on a permanent basis In October. By New Year’s Day Hull City were rooted to the bottom of the table, earning Phelan the inglorious sack. Portuguese Marcos Silva would be his replacement.
Leicester City scripted one of the most famous fairytale stories in sports history last year, when they became champions for the first time in their 132 year history. The squad overachieved spectacularly with respect to their wages, trouncing clubs with higher revenues and wages on their way to stardom. Nine months later, hovering one point above relegation with 13 games to, 65-year old Claudio Ranieri is out.