Jamie Carragher used his time on “The Footballer’s Football Show” to propose an interesting rule change for the Football League. The former Liverpool back wants to eliminate mid-season managerial changes.
To be honest, there’s something to his thought. It couldn’t, and shouldn’t, be a black and white issue, but it would be evaluating.
From Sky Sports:
“I think there should be a rule where if you pick a manager at the start of the season then he should be your manager until the end. You’ve made that decision and you should have to stand by that.
“I think the chopping and changing of managers throughout the leagues is something that should stop in the season.
“Also when a team sack a manager if results aren’t going well, they go and get a manager from somewhere else. That manager will normally be doing well and that takes the manager away from a club and could affect their season as well.”
There would have to be exceptions for grievous misconduct, obviously, but it would also prevent a team like Fulham rifling through managers as if they were apples at the super market.
So here’s an idea: what if managerial changes were limited to a one-month period sometime before the January and summer transfer windows? It would allow a team to address its issues while also giving some semblance of stability to clubs with up-and-coming managers.
Or they could just leave well-enough alone, but where’s the speculative fun in that?