Monday, 28 November 2011

Revolutionary Road

Another week passes and once again another manager finds himself under the overhanging cloud of impending doom and gloom. In August it was Arsene Wenger’s head being offered up as a sacrificial lamb to the ever-hungry gods of the managerial merry-go-round. November seems to belong to Chelsea’s Andre Villas-Boas. Not a week goes by without fans calling for Steve Kean’s P45 at Ewood Park and after a run of bad form, the Spotlight of Doom seems to be settling in on Steve Bruce at Sunderland. Round and round we go. Where it stops nobody knows.

As winter wraps its cold winds around us and the league tables begin to cement themselves after the flux of the opening exchanges, chairmen faced with fears of revenue losses begin to get jittery and aided by a panic-obssessed media, let their fingers hover over the eject button. It doesn’t seem to register that despite a slight improvement in performances after appointing a New Man, the roots of a club’s downfall often run much deeper than a hasty cosmetic makeover. It’s rare that real change can ever be implemented in time to avoid disaster, in whatever shape it may come - whether that be in demotion or failure to finish in a Champions League spot.

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