Archive for May, 2016

Managing Expectation

May 24, 2016

Hola. Hope you are well.

Could the Premier League manager be the most endangered species on the planet?

Firstly, there’s LVG who despite winning the FA Cup finds himself surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. He is set to be replaced by Jose Mourinho who in turn was sacked by Chelsea in December. Another manager who might feel hard done by is Quique Sanchez Flores, who not only led Watford to a 13th place finish but also to the FA Cup semi final. This was not deemed good enough for the Watford owners, who replaced him with Walter Mazzarri on a 3 year deal (good luck with seeing that out).

In the meantime, Chelsea have had a caretaker manager Guus Hiddink and in April announced Antonio Conte is to be their permanent manager next season. Man City also took this approach of letting everyone know who their next manager would be whilst expecting Pellegrini to continue to do his job as normal.

Near the end of the season, some Arsenal fans staged protests against Arsene Wenger, although this was before they finished in the dizzy heights of second, so maybe all is ok again in Arsenal world. Everton also had a fan protest, which resulted in Roberto Martinez being sacked, although this might have had more to do with their 11th placed finish, than the protests.

Ronald Koeman is one of several managers linked with the Everton job, which makes him a rare breed of Premier League manager, one that is rumoured to be leaving their club to better themselves rather than the being sacked. (although can Southampton to Everton be seen as a step up?)

At Swansea, it looked for a long time that the man brought in to replace Garry Monk, earlier in the season Francesco Guidolin would also lose his job, with Brendan Rodgers looking like he was going to return. However Guidolin recently signed a 2 year contract at the Liberty Stadium, whilst Rodgers has now become Celtic manager on a 1 year rolling contract.

Mauricio Pochettino was another manager putting pen to paper, on a 5 year deal at Spurs. Although prior to signing his contract he was linked with a move to Man Utd. (would that be a step up, sideways or backwards?) Having dinner with Alex Ferguson didn’t do much to diminish those particular rumours.

As if to prepare for life in the Premier League, Middlesbrough‘s manager Aitor Karanka recently walked out on the club after a training ground bust up.

All this leads me to think this would be the perfect time for Claudio Ranieri to leave Leicester before the tide turns.

Til next time, be nice to each other.


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