Date:Sunday October 29 2006
Sir Alex Ferguson criticised the way some owners and chairmen run their respective clubs. The fiery Scot slammed the habit of sacking managers at the first sight of trouble after a week full of speculation regarding the jobs' of several his colleauges though none of them has got the axe yet.
The industry is getting worse for sacking managers,' he said.
'Some clubs are run by very successful businessmen but they can't apply their own business methods to football because it is such an emotional game.
'They worry about fans' reaction but you cannot build a football club on emotional reactions.'
The United manager stressed that no evidence proves sacking is a good solution for any kind of problems.
'You can't win every game for a start, that's obvious,' he said.
'Yet some managers get sacked six matches into a season. How can that be healthy?
'When you sack a manager, the change can be quite dramatic.
'The new person wants to bring in new staff, so the old ones lose their jobs.
'There might also a new philosophy, with new and different types of players. And when you look at it, there is absolutely no evidence of the sackings being successful.'
Many people regard his comments as absolute nonsense, regardless of what he said. But I think he's spot on this time and maybe even Liverpool (after all, some unnamed director questioned even the methods of Benitez, if tabloids are to be believed...) and Arsenal fans will agree with him.
The gaffer is approaching his 20th anniversary at the helm but he could have been sacked anytime in his first 4 years. I mean, we were in dire trouble in the winter of 1989 but Fergie kept his job - now everyone talks about whether Alan Pardew should be sacked though it's only 10 games into the season, it's West Ham, not Manchester United, so no title ambitions around and when I write this, the Hammers lead 1-0 against Blackburn...
What would have happened if David Moyes' had been fired after Everton's dismal start last season? As it was in the case of Moyes, Pardew also suffers from increased expectations after a fantastic season of over-achievement.
So we can conclude: we are lucky Fergie came around in a different era as he would surely have been sacked had Martin Edwards been a 2006-type chairman (though it's true none of the under-pressure manager have been sacked yet)...
Date:Sunday October 29 2006
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