The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

HOW many games should a man­ager have to get things right? In Dar­ren Kelly’s case, not even ten.

The Old­ham boss was sacked fol­low­ing a 5-1 de­feat to Peterborough and has now been re­placed – tem­po­rar­ily, at least – by David Dunn.

I feel sorry for Dar­ren. One, be­cause it’s in­vari­ably dif­fi­cult when you re­place a man­ager who hasn’t been sacked.

Nine times out of ten, you take over a strug­gling side and get a bit of lee­way. But Lee John­son had got the Lat­ics in good shape be­fore leav­ing for Barns­ley. He’d ba­si­cally maxed their po­ten­tial.

Two, be­cause he wasn’t do­ing that badly. Where are Old­ham re­al­is­ti­cally go­ing to fin­ish? It won’t be top six. Top half would be an achieve­ment.

And three, be­cause Old­ham are the ones who ap­pointed a 36year-old man­ager with no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence.

They must have known it would take him time to learn the ropes.

Bad re­sults don’t nec­es­sar­ily make sack­ing a man­ager the cor­rect de­ci­sion. Last sea­son, I got slated for say­ing Dar­ren Fer­gu­son should have got longer at Posh, but now they’re strug­gling in League One and look­ing for yet another man­ager.

You might have to go five games with­out a win or ride out a bit of stick from the fans, but if you let a guy learn, he’ll come out the other side a bet­ter man­ager. Sadly, no­body gets time now. Any­one who loses six games in a row is a dead man, which is crazy.

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