SIMON JORDAN: Every manager who was sacked this season deserves it

SIMON JORDAN: Every manager sacked this season deserves it. Let’s face it, they’ve all been bloody USELESS… and some, like Potter, have just been made multi-millionaires for being mediocre

  • Graham Potter and Brendan Rodgers were the most recent managers to be axed 
  • There have been 12 sackings this season – which is seen as a shocking statistic  
  • They all deserved to be sacked and can’t consider themselves hard done by 

There have been 12 Premier League sackings this season but for some reason this is seen as a shocking statistic.

I dislike unfairness and inequality but which of those dismissals was inherently unjust?

Look down the list and ask yourself who can consider themselves hard done by. Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Nathan Jones, Scott Parker, Bruno Lage or Jesse Marsch? It’s hard to make an argument for any of them. Apart from some of them being household names as players, in their most recent incarnation, they were a bit bloody useless.

Ralph Hasenhuttl was skirting with being fired for several years at Southampton. Patrick Vieira may have had some winnable games looming but Crystal Palace did not think they were going to win them with him in charge of a passive team that went some games without mustering a shot.

Thomas Tuchel was replaced due to a clash of personalities. Antonio Conte made it clear he did not want the Tottenham job and engineered an almost reverse constructive dismissal. I don’t think Brendan Rodgers had the fight in him to keep Leicester in the league and Graham Potter should never have taken the Chelsea job. His appointment was flawed, like asking a one-legged man to run 100 metres in 10 seconds and berating him for not being able to.

Brendan Rodgers and Graham Potter were both sacked at the weekend taking the total of axed managers during this season to a record 12 – a statistic that is perceived to be shocking

None of the managers, though, can feel they have been hard done by – every one of them deserved the sack and were bloody useless (former Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard pictured)

Thomas Tuchel was replaced at Chelsea due to a clash of personalities with owner Todd Boehly

So, we are not talking about any unfair sackings. There’s a case against pretty much all of them – they all deserve to be on the unemployment line. The irony is they will pop up somewhere else as if previous lessons haven’t been learned.

Any tears for those managers are crocodile tears. They all got what they were entitled to get, the sack. It might be a bit blunt but that’s the reality.

But haven’t we all got what we asked for? Fans have no tolerance for failure so why should owners? We say the game belongs to the people, well, besides perhaps Chelsea, whose manager has an 18-month lifespan anyway, which group of fans were screaming for any of them to keep their jobs?

Managers want all the benefits of ambitious owners’ money and all the upsides of a world seemingly immune to financial common sense. And yet the argument still rages among the football fraternity that all that should come without the realities of the commercial world.

But ultimately, if you don’t succeed in the Premier League then you are going to get the commercial outcomes you get in any other business.

The problem for those arguing against this new reality is that when you bring globalisation into a sport like football, you bring with it the rules of that jungle – and when you are paying people enormous sums of money, those rules are: you need to be successful, and quickly.

Antonio Conte made it clear he didn’t want the Tottenham job at the end of his time there

Potter’s appointment by Chelsea was flawed and was like asking a one-legged man to run the 100m in 10 seconds and then berating him for not being able to 

So there is nothing remarkable about 55 per cent of Premier League clubs changing their manager this season. 

The inherent reaction is that this is flawed thinking but every one of the fans of those clubs probably wanted these outcomes. So where is the issue and why are we still surprised by it?

I read an article from former professional Tony Cascarino suggesting that a manager be immune to the sack during the season, arguing that this culture of firing is ludicrous and the trend over recent decades is that a manager’s lifespan in the job gets shorter. So what?! Do your job then, effect change and make things better.

The average tenure of these fired managers has been 23 months and I can’t think of any other industry where two years in, you get to continue when the company’s position is worse, impending doom awaits or being outright disrespectful to your employers gets tolerated.

Being a manager is a wonderful job. If you are a football person, it is the next best thing to being a player. And if you are good at your job, what a wonderful space it is. You get adoration, recognition, reward and even if you come up short you still get paid and then another job somewhere else. No other industry offers that opportunity as often as this one.

Some of these managers like Potter have been made multi-millionaires for being mediocre and are rewarded for failure (Ralph Hasenhuttl, left, pictured alongside Patrick Vieira, right)

But you wouldn’t want an average surgeon operating on you who for two years has been losing more and more patients, so why would you want an average manager running your club?

Of course, owners must take responsibility. I always did. If one of my managers at Palace failed, I felt it was my fault. I had failed to get out of them what I thought I could. My consequences were disquiet from the fans, a bill for the outgoing failure and new costs for the replacement.

But when discussing managers getting the boot, why aren’t we suggesting that these people aren’t doing their job very well? Why aren’t we admitting that actually, some of these managers, like Potter, have just been made multi-millionaires for being mediocre? They are rewarded for failure.

A similar number of Premier League clubs may change managers again next season. It’s not being trigger-happy, it’s the reality of where we are.

So if you are a new manager, you are going to have to be effective from the outset. You cannot rely on the old football adage that you will be given time and if you are not it’s unfair. This is 2023 and the football world, quite rightly, doesn’t operate like that any more.

Boxing’s just not serious about drugs 

After another fighter, Amir Khan, failed a drugs tests it is worth noting that cycling has four times as many out of competition drugs tests as boxing.

Just think about that and consider whether you have ever heard anything so preposterous. Boxing, a sport where people punch each other in the face and can actually kill people compared to a sport where you might graze your knee if you fall off your bike.

Government-supported UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) are supposed to be driving doping out of sport but boxing undergoes a fraction of the tests compared to other sports.

Doping is a blight on all sport and yet our testing agency, UKAD, are displaying rank unprofessionalism here. Are they serious about this issue or not? Because with fighters not tested from one year to the next, the evidence suggests they are not.

It’s amazing how cycling has four times as many out of competition drug tests as boxing

Hearn manipulates the truth

On Saturday night at a packed O2 arena, at a much-hyped boxing event, an interesting dichotomy manifested itself.

Two much talked-about and currently maligned prize fighters – for different reasons – occupied centre stage.

Conor Benn and Anthony Joshua are two sides of the same coin and potentially polar opposites of the brilliant, noble sport that is boxing. One is a snarling, incandescent, bitter ball of rage, furious with the world, erupting at broadcasters and knocking microphones out of reporters’ hands because he blames them for his travails. The other is a former two-time heavyweight champion of the world seemingly bereft of the very anger and fury he actually needs, going through the motions in the ring.

Eddie Hearn manipulates the truth and people and none of it seemingly for the good of boxing

All of the above gaslit by a Colonel Tom Parker-like figure in Eddie Hearn.

Like Elvis Presley’s notorious manager, Hearn manipulates the truth, manipulates people, manipulates his charges and none of it seemingly for the good of the sport or the individuals involved. 

Convincing one protagonist to continue something he appears patently incapable of doing any more and not convincing the other to do something he patently should do, which is properly clearing his name.

Perhaps a little better from the 2022 Promoter of the Year might be in order.

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