The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

SO short of is the life ex­pectancy of foot­ball man­agers at the mo­ment, that even Coven­try City boss Tony Mow­bray says he fears the sack.

The Sky Blues went into the week­end fourth in the League One ta­ble hav­ing lost just twice since Septem­ber.

Mow­bray has been in the job less than a year, though he is the 45th long­est serv­ing man­ager of 92 in the top four divi­sions.

And the 52-year-old ad­mits it would be al­most fool­ish not to be look­ing over his shoul­der.

“It’s the way of the world now and man­agers have to ac­cept that,” said Mow­bray.

“It’s why my fam­ily home is still in the north east.Why would you want to move your fam­ily, your kids out of school and up­root ev­ery­thing for a job where your life ex­pectancy is about a year now if you’re lucky?

“It’s bru­tal. Ev­ery­one wants to win, ev­ery­one wants to get to the Premier League with £130mil­lion – £185mil­lion if you put para­chute pay­ments on it.

“It’s the golden ap­ple and ev­ery­one thinks the next guy is go­ing to be bet­ter than the one that’s just gone.

“It seems to me that the days of build­ing clubs and giv­ing some­one a bit of sta­bil­ity and trust­ing in their abil­ity to build a team and a club are gone.”

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