Give bosses a break

Be suc­cess­ful pres­sure on top level bosses to ROBERT J WILSON says the is get­ting too much… in the mega-bucks Premier League

Late Tackle Football Magazine - - CONTENTS -

The pres­sure keeps in­creas­ing

tHE colos­sal amount of money be­ing spent dur­ing the trans­fer win­dow has be­come re­pul­sive to the av­er­age fan, but un­for­tu­nately it is some­thing we are hav­ing to stom­ach in mod­ern day foot­ball.

When clubs are pre­pared to pay over £50 mil­lion for full-backs, it ap­pears that the ul­ti­mate ceil­ing on trans­fer fees and wages has not yet reached its pin­na­cle.

Huge spend­ing in­creases the ex­pec­ta­tion level on man­agers, who are of­ten seen as the ones con­duct­ing the buy­ing and sell­ing.

A top level man­ager may well have his own tar­gets in mind, but more and more clubs now em­ploy re­cruit­ment com­mit­tees, a di­rec­tor of foot­ball or agents to se­cure trans­fers.

In the mod­ern era, it ap­pears the power is slip­ping away from the man­ager.

The days of a boss putting the miles in to go out and watch a player on a cold Tues­day night are be­com­ing a thing of the past.

They are not watch­ing too many games in the Foot­ball League try­ing to un­earth the next Ian Rush, Kevin Kee­gan, Jamie Vardy or Dele Alli.

A man­ager may well re­quest a cer­tain po­si­tion or player he would be in­ter­ested in and then ‘his com­mit­tee’ usu­ally present a list of play­ers to choose from.

In truth, the man­ager prob­a­bly doesn’t care too much about the cost fac­tor.

But if those play­ers are not suc­cess­ful and the team strug­gles for re­sults, then the buck usu­ally stops with the man­ager.

He is the one who is ques­tioned and ul­ti­mately loses his job. There will those of you who will be­lieve that is only right. That he is the one in charge of foot­ball mat­ters and that he should be the key de­ci­sion maker.

A man­ager lives and dies by the qual­ity of his play­ers and hence his re­cruit­ment.W hat is un­fair is that the man­agers are placed un­der in­cred­i­ble pres­sure be­cause of their trans­fer ex­pen­di­ture.

If Jose Mour­inho and Pep Guardi­ola end the sea­son with­out a ma­jor tro­phy then there will be calls for them to go be­cause of the money they have spent this sum­mer.

They can­not af­ford to spend £200 mil­lion only to end up out­side the Cham­pi­ons League places.

We are blessed in this coun­try.We have the most com­pet­i­tive league in the world where six elite clubs are bat­tling it out to fin­ish the sea­son as cham­pi­ons.

We also love an un­der­dog and would em­brace the likes of say a Le­ices­ter City,West Ham or Ever­ton up­set­ting the sta­tus quo and break­ing into the top four. With the Premier League flush with money, we have at­tracted some of the best man­agers in the world but ul­ti­mately there can only be one win­ner.

Only one club can win the league ti­tle and then they have to com­pete against Europe’s elite to win the Cham­pi­ons League. Six into four Cham­pi­ons League places doesn’t go, so sadly there will be calls for some man­agers to go. That is the way our foot­ball has gone.

A man­ager has to pro­duce in­stant re­sults be­cause ev­ery­thing in so­ci­ety is in­stant and im­me­di­ate.With so­cial in­ter­ac­tion ev­ery­one has be­come a critic and pun­dit.

A man­ager will put it down to ‘white noise’ or out­side in­flu­ences, but own­ers and chief ex­ec­u­tives lis­ten to sup­porter opin­ions.

They are, alarm­ingly, lis­ten­ing more to play­ers and their agents. If a player is un­happy about the man­ager then they let their feel­ings known to their rep­re­sen­ta­tive, who in turn has a word in the ear of the hi­er­ar­chy.

Yes, a man­ager is hand­somely paid and is ex­pected to live with the pres­sure of foot­ball man­age­ment, but the ex­pec­ta­tion lev­els have be­come un­re­al­is­tic.

You watch, with the trans­fer win­dow about to close, the col­umn inches, blogs and twit­ter feeds will soon be bol­stered with opin­ion con­cern­ing which man­ager should be sacked first. At least they will go with a hefty pay­off, but how sad it would be for our game if we were to lose char­ac­ters such as Jose, Pep, Jur­gen or An­to­nio from our top league this sea­son?

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