Monday, 9 February 2009
wow, wasn't expecting that one. but then we're getting used to it now aren't we? a football club manager is appointed, is given a couple of months to win the league and then sacked if they don't deliver the goods! tony adams was sacked as manager of portsmouth football club as well today after only 15 weeks in charge. what kind of message is this giving young people who follow their beloved football clubs? they must be thinking that sacking people without giving them a fair chance to succeed is the norm.
only four of the clubs in the top half of the premiership have managers who have been in post for five or more years, the clubs that have stuck with their managers are consistently better performers.
we need to invest more in time, in long term stuff. i read a report a while back about footballers and their relationships with their managers; it suggested not expecting any major benefits until a manager had spent three years with their players. that's a significant investment and one that makes a lot of sense if we want to see teams/communities/friendships grow and make a difference to our lives.