With just 7 games gone in the championship and 4 games gone in the Premier League already some fans are calling for their manager to be sacked. This is an absolute nonsense in my opinion and just sum’s up how the game is changing year on year especially when it comes to expectations.
The game is about winning and always has been but surely 4/6 games is nowhere near enough to make a judgement on the season ahead.
For me it’s the unrealistic expectation that causes problems. Sure you always go to a game hoping your team win but expecting them to invariably can lead to disappointment. Why do some fans think they have a divine right to beat any other team? You may feel this is a game you should and could win but having a mind-set that says “it’s only xxxxx team and so we have to beat them because we are bigger and have spent more money”.
Football is not a science it is a game and for 90 minutes players make decisions and the team whose players make better decisions win the game and those that make poor decisions usually lose. And also the team with the better players should make better decisions. However we are talking about human beings who can and will have good days and bad days. It’s not like it is on football computer games where it is so easy that is fantasy football at kick off time at your club its reality.
Crystal Palace sacked their manager Frank de Boer after just 4 games and 4 defeats. I watched them against Burnley and they had enough chances to win two games but didn’t take them. However the manager’s tactics saw them control the game and create the best chances so although the manager is accountable for results he is not responsible for missed easy chances.
I wonder if the clubs foreign owners made the decision to sack him from afar.
It seems that two defeats on the spin creates pressure and of course the media love pressure because it fills a lot of space in newspapers, TV and radio.
The game has a number of examples of owners who were patient and reaped the rewards-Alex Ferguson at Man United where the fans wanted him out early on in his reign and even more recently at Birmingham where in 2006-7 season Steve Bruce was clearly not wanted after losing to Norwich 12 games into the season but the board kept faith and were rewarded when the team won 12 of the next 14 games and ended up winning automatic promotion. Every manager knows it’s about winning games but the time a manager is allowed is getting lesser each season.