Salut! Sunderland writers are rallying to a sick man’s cause. Bill Taylor has contributed the first of what is intended to be a series of mid or middish term reviews, and will get the ball rolling tomorrow. First, our mysterious Birflatt Boy emerges once more from the shadows to offer a rant on growing managerial instability …
It’s the festive season for most of us, but the start of the silly season which was heralded by Chris Hughton’s dismissal last week has arguably been trumped by the news that Sam Allardyce has been dismissed from his job at Blackburn Rovers.
Any long term sympathy for Allardyce would have to be tempered in the knowledge that this bloke gets paid more for getting sacked than the rest of us will do in an entire life time of hard graft.
Various reports suggest that Avram Grant could be out of work by the time Santa arrives down David Gold’s chimney with Allardyce tucked away safely in the back of Santa’s sleigh.
It’s been claimed that one of the reasons behind Allardyce’s dismissal was his refusal to bid for Kris Boyd from Boro rather than Robbie Keane or the other Santa, the Roque type.
If this is the case then the lunacy of Sam’s dismissal is unlikely to be the end of Blackburn’s troubles. They are going to find themselves in the same sort of position as Newcastle with the owner installing a nodding dog in the dug out.
This is a worrying trend with owners who seem to have not only a complete absence of any footballing knowledge, but are hell bent on ensuring that the bloke who has is removed from his job. This problem has more to do with ownership of clubs, and the bizarre expectations or assumptions of these despots with money.
Mark Hughes was sacked as a result of new ownership rather than because of results. The autonomy of the Premier League manager is under threat and no mistake. Managers are being shown the door simply because their faces don’t fit, and because the new breed of owner is accountable to nobody other than themselves.
The supporters of the club are of no consequence to these men, and are almost seen as an inconvenience in many respects.
This worrying trend seems to be gathering ground and needs to be stopped somehow.