Juande Ramos to Tottenham
Ronald Koeman to Valencia
These are just two managers that have left their clubs this season to take on a new managing job elsewhere. Today, Sepp Blatter came out and spoke his mind on possibly restricting the sacking/moving of managers to transfer windows, just like normal players.
Before you say this is a bad/good idea, you should know there are two sides to this story.
The first side is managers who are sacked by their club. Last night on Fox Football Fone In, Steven and Nick were polling callers on if they thought managers were given enough time at their clubs to prove themselves. I believe the final result was right around 50/50. Yes, some managers sit around in their club and should be sacked (most say Martin Jol is guilty of this) but in other clubs, a manager has two consecutive losses, and he is sacked straight away. That is simply unacceptable. Managers should be given time to adjust to a new club and given time in the beginning of a new season.
The other side of the story deals with managers like Ramos and Koeman, who leave their clubs midseason and take on a new responsibility elsewhere. I think this is completely wrong. When managers up and leave their clubs, it causes unecessary strain on the players and the club in general. Ramos stated that he wouldn’t leave the club until the end of the season, but we obviously saw what happened with that. Sevilla fans were angry with Ramos for his leaving the club, but now that the veil has lifted Sevilla are playing their best football of the year.
Contracts now a days aren’t even worth the paper that they are printed on. You get excited about a manager signing at your club for 5 years, then after 1 year, another club buys out his contract and he is gone. This is seen more with regards to players, but the new trend is moving over to the managing side of soccer.
The decision isn’t very black and white. You could say that managers cannot leave clubs, but clubs can sack managers. If that is the case, then what would happen if a club sacked their manager, but couldn’t sign anyone since no one can really leave their club? If this happens, clubs would be much more hesitant to sack their managers.
Obviously this doesn’t hold with managers of national sides, as McLaren still needs to go!
So in the end, is there a good answer??
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