Sacking

To sack or not sack? Asking the right questions

To sack or not sack? Asking the right questions 0

Will Quinn discusses the recent flurry of terminations in the Premier League… The sackings of Steve Clarke and Andre Villas-Boas have directed a lot of this week’s football discussion towards when the right time is for a chairman to fire a manager. Both decisions have been quite controversial, and thus generated a lot of heat.(…)

Liverpool, Sir Alex Ferguson, and Kenny Dalglish’s sacking

Liverpool, Sir Alex Ferguson, and Kenny Dalglish’s sacking 3

Sir Alex Ferguson has published his book obviously, and amongst the revelations which have come out has been his belief that Kenny Dalglish lost his job because of his handling of the Luis Suarez/Patrice Evra incident. Maybe that was a factor, but realistically Dalglish - and Damien Comolli - left the club because of the(…)

A parting of ways would work for everyone at Fulham

A parting of ways would work for everyone at Fulham 2

Shahid Khan is almost certainly already thinking about replacing Martin Jol, and the chances of Fulham’s manager making it through until Christmas are very remote indeed. From afar, Fulham’s loss to Cardiff City at Craven Cottage could well be dismissed as just one of those days, but for anyone who actually watched that game -(…)

Supporting Manchester City’s decision, but defending Roberto Mancini

Supporting Manchester City’s decision, but defending Roberto Mancini 0

Roberto Mancini hasn’t done a bad job at Manchester City, far from it. The Italian was the catalyst to overcoming the Premier League title hump, and he’ll leave Eastlands with his reputation intact. The end of his reign at the club may well have a negative slant to it, but the bigger picture is that(…)

Ellis Short’s probable thinking at Sunderland 1

Martin O’Neil’s sacking really isn’t particularly harsh, and regular readers of this site will know that - in my opinion - he was heading for the sack regardless of what happened during the remaining games of the season. Sunderland’s owner, Ellis Short, has made the right decision, and has taken a step to arrest the(…)

Martin O’Neil on unsteady ground at Sunderland, regardless of what happens from now on 1

There are some managers in the Premier League who are able to permanently trade off a first impression. Maybe they brought a small club into the division and stabilsed them, maybe they over-achieved with limited resources, or maybe they just have an assumed greatness which somehow transcends their job performance. Earlier in the year, when(…)

Benitez almost certainly at Chelsea for the rest of the season

Benitez almost certainly at Chelsea for the rest of the season 0

Chelsea fans dislike Rafa Benitez, and the Spaniard presumably reciprocates that animosity. But for now, the two parties are probably stuck with each other. Trying to second guess Roman Abramovich is a thankless task, but it seems unlikely that even the trigger-happy Chelsea owner would be willing to sack another manager this season. Abramovich has(…)

Chelsea longing for a false prophet in Roberto Di Matteo 0

The affection in which Roberto Di Matteo is held by Chelsea fans is deserved, as it would be for anyone who has both played and managed their club, but the status which he’s afforded for last season’s Champions League’s win is something of a false economy. One of the seminal moments associated with the triumph(…)

Harry Redknapp still mystified about Tottenham sacking

Harry Redknapp still mystified about Tottenham sacking 1

“It had nothing to do with my record — yes, it was political. I’ve got my own feelings about what happened to me but it’s difficult for me to say.” (Quotes - The Sun) Change the record, Harry. Former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is still insisting that football reasons weren’t behind his sacking by Daniel(…)

The death rattle of Mark Hughes’ reign at QPR

The death rattle of Mark Hughes’ reign at QPR 0

Strange old story in The Sun this morning about Mark Hughes’ last few hours at QPR, with Shaun Custis trying very hard to make a story out of some fairly incidental details. ‘It had been a long week for Hughes but he was confident he had received assurances that he would at least be given(…)

Supporting the Tottenham board over their decision

Supporting the Tottenham board over their decision 5

There’s been a lot of negativity over the last 12 hours from Tottenham fans, some believing that Harry Redknapp’s departure will signal the end of the club’s rejuvenation. The papers, naturally, are full of stories about players now wanting to leave and the phrase ‘mass exodus’ features on at least three of the back pages.(…)

Liverpool: The King is dead. Long live the Brand?

Liverpool: The King is dead. Long live the Brand? 4

Over the last ten days, football has delighted us with some of the most remarkable moments sport has to offer. Recent events have invoked the strongest of our emotions be it the euphoria of Manchester City’s astoundingly tense title victory, the heartbreaking travesty of a referee dictated relegation for Bolton or the disappointing removal of(…)

Four reasons why Kenny Dalglish must be relieved of his duties at Liverpool

Four reasons why Kenny Dalglish must be relieved of his duties at Liverpool 4

The Squad As tired as the old expression is, it remains true: the table doesn’t lie. Take Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard out of this Liverpool squad, and it looks like the ninth best set of players in the country. Lucas Leiva was lost to injury, but the blame for everything else has to lie(…)