Being a football manager seems to be one of the most instable jobs in the world – even with a good track record and support of the fans at a moments notice you can find yourself out of a job.
First Chris Hughton and now Sam Allardyce – Premiership clubs seem to take pride in pressing the self-destruct button.
Chris Hughton had brought stability and some great results to Newcastle United this season so once again Mike Ashley causes a train wreck by firing him. More unusually there has been no real pressure from fans for Hughton’s sacking, if anything they’d been pleased with their progress from the Championship to the Premiership, and beating their arch rivals Sunderland, destroying Aston Villa, beating Everton and Arsenal away from home. The irony is that he’s been replaced by Alan Pardew who is hardly a big name or with a long-term track record of managing “big” teams.
Sam Allardyce was a man doing a good job in a small club. He has a proven track record of getting results at this level and keeping teams in the top tier, and according to Paul Tomkins, Blackburn has the third lowest cost per point in the Premier League in relation to transfers (although this does not take into account wages and signing-on fees). So for Chelsea it costs just over £3m per point, Blackburn spent a mere £400,000.
Last year he took Blackburn into the top half of the table, and had started well this season. It is clear that he deserved more time to convince his new owners that he was the man to take the club forward.