For many managers in football, the day you get hired by a professional team is the pinnacle however as my mentor once told me ‘you’re now a day closer to getting the sack,’ yes, like death and taxes, getting sacked in football is as inevitable as the sun rising in the morning.
This season has been particularly brutal in England as the pink slips have been flying. In total, 103 managers and coaches have lost their jobs in 2012-13 and the LMA, the League Managers Association has described the situation as embarrassing.
Four Premier League managers have been shown the exit door in this current campaign – Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea, Brian McDermott at Reading, Nigel Adkins at Southampton and Mark Hughes at QPR which translates into 20% of the league but that’s job security compared to the Championship where 17 managers have been dismissed.
With World Cup qualifying in full flow over the next week club managers will at least have a seven day window of security but on the other side of the coin, any international manager who losses a couple of games and puts his country in danger of missing out on the Brazilian samba party next year will surely feel the heat.
Men in jeopardy of receiving a pink slip include Serbia’s Siniša Mihajlović, Michal Bílek of the Czech Republic, the seemingly always under pressure Ireland manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, Abdullah Avcı of Turkey and of course, England’s Roy Hodgson.
By this time next week who do you think will most likely be out of a job?
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Ireland manager Martin O’Neill confirmed what was apparent from the match replay: the Everton man has a broken ankle.
“It’s a bad break. He’s a fantastic player and character. It’s a major blow for the lad, his club and us.
“Apparently it wasn’t the best challenge in the world – I haven’t seen it. He’s gone to hospital. I saw his reaction immediately and it didn’t look good. He was holding is leg up and it didn’t look good.
This is not only awful for the player, but causes stress as Everton mounts its assault on the Top Six. The right back has also manned right mid for Ronald Koeman this season, and has four goals and four assists in 26 Premier League matches.
After wearing the No. 5 to honor of his recently deceased teammate, James McClean met with the media following Ireland’s 0-0 draw with Wales in World Cup qualifying on Friday.
McClean played with Ryan McBride at Derry City, and left Ireland camp to attend funeral services after McBride died following a match last weekend. McClean was also mourning the death of friend and Sinn Féin politician Martin McGuinness.
Throw in a gruesome injury to teammate Seamus Coleman and, in McClean’s words, “I’ve had better weeks”.
McClean, 27, spoke with evident emotion following a Man of the Match turn in Ireland’s draw (video below).
“It was a really tough week. The lads here have been great. They rallied around me. The manager was first class as well. He let me go up to Derry there on Tuesday and say my goodbyes. It’s been a tough week with Seamus injury as well. It’d been nice if we had have got a win and ended on a positive note, but it wasn’t to be.
“(McBride and McGuinness) were going through my thoughts today. I wanted to put in a performance that would make them proud. In the national anthem and the moment’s applause, holding my wee girl, it was emotional but I tried to put that in the right way into my performance. Hopefully tonight I’ve done the lads proud.”