Being a manager is not an easy job and some of them have learned it the hard way. If we take a close look at the European football leagues, we can already notice that some changes have been made within some clubs’ staff. For some, it happened earlier than expected due to insufficient or poor results.
When the season starts, all teams are aiming for the top and results matter a great deal. They all compete to win the title. Obviously, the task is not that simple, especially when there is only one seat available. In the top divisions, the competition is fierce right from the start and everyone is trying to keep on winning and gather as many points as possible.
Besides the national football league, teams make their way through other national competitions like the FA Cup and Carabao Cup for instance. Since only one club will be lucky enough to win the domestic trophy at the end of the season, each one of them try to rank well so they can participate in other European tournaments like the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League.
As previously stated, it’s all about results no matter how good you can possibly be. It’s not even how much experience you have gathered over the years. And certain clubs already made a move in order to avoid excessive damage. Let’s have a look at some of the managerial adjustments that have been operated recently in the famous clubs.
First and foremost, let’s have a look at the Premier League casualties this season. The first name that comes to mind is Jose Mourinho. People surely haven’t forgotten how he has been sacked from Manchester United in mid-December. The Portuguese manager started strong in 2016 when he was appointed and helped the Red Devils to win the EFL Cup and the Europa League in his first season with the club.
In 2017 though, despite finishing second in the league, Manchester didn’t win any title. And this year the club adjudged his mid-season results poor and dismissed him. He was immediately replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and it could not have gone any better. Since the caretaker manager started his duty the team has not lost a single game, precisely 8 wins and 1 draw. That got them back on track and two points behind Chelsea and Arsenal.
The French league has not been spared either. The most shocking one probably being Thierry Henry’s suspension from the AS Monaco club. Following Leonardo Jardim’s dismissal in October, he had been chosen to lead the team and signed a three-year deal with Monaco. However, barely three months after, the club decided to suspend him due to poor results under his command (4 wins, 5 draws, 11 losses).
To the general surprise, the club decided to reappoint Leonardo Jardim since he is familiar with the club and players. Yet this decision was not welcomed by everyone. The former manager is now in a tough spot since Monaco is ranked second to last and might be relegated if he cannot come up with a solution very soon. So far, his debut started with a loss to Guingamp in the Coupe de la Ligue semi-finals.
Another similar event happened in the Turkish League. The beginning of the season has been quite hectic for Fenerbahce which has known a tough start. In just a few months, managers have succeeded each other. It all started with Philip Cocu who did not last long and was soon replaced by his assistant, Erwin Koeman, at the end of October. Koeman became then the caretaker manager of the club until the return of their former head coach, Ersun Yanal.
Ersun Yanal already managed the team for the 2013-2014 season where the club won the Super Lig Cup. Regardless, his mid-December return to the club has proven to be a successful gamble. In the Turkish League, Fenerbahce has not lost a single game yet. Under his command, the club got back on the success route with 4 wins and 3 draws which helped them climb back up the rankings at the 11th position.
And the list goes on… We could not possibly list all of them in one article but no one is free from trouble. Being a manager is surely a tough role and comes with a lot of pressure you have to deal with. But one thing is sure; You have to perform well if you want to last long in a club.