League Managers Association critical of Leicester City’s sacking of manager
Fri 1st Oct 2010 | Football Club Management
The League Managers Association has released a statement both confirming and criticizing Leicester City manager Paulo Sousa.
In the statement Paulo Sousa said: “To be sacked after being told that there was a long term strategy at the club and after only nine games in charge is something that I find very surprising.”
Richard Bevan, Chief Executive of the LMA said, “How can a chairman expect to deliver success at a football club when a talented manager is recruited and dismissed within 2 months, at the start of the season and is given only nine league games to put his own imprint on the squad and the club?
“Knee-jerk dismissals, and the chopping and changing of managers will not deliver success on the field and is incredibly destabilizing to the entire club. Paulo’s sacking is even more disappointing in light of the chairman’s comments on Paulo’s appointment, in the summer, when he stated he was ‘delighted to acquire a manager of such great calibre.’
“Leicester City Football Club has had fourteen managers since 2004 and six whilst the current chairman has been at the club. Clearly the club has to examine its manager recruitment strategy as their current approach does not work. It is damaging to the club and its fans and is an inappropriate way to treat talented managers and their careers.”
Last year F.C. Business (issue 35) looked at the issue of manager tenure and found that the average manager should expect to be out of employment within 12 months putting increasing financial pressure on clubs which in turn makes it imperative a manager brings instant success.
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