PLEASE! GAFFERS DESERVE SO MUCH BETTER...
IT has been a crazy week for manager sackings. In the National league, Matthew Bates paid the price for losing six games on the spin while John Flanagan was also given his marching orders at Curzon Ashton.
I do often wonder if clubs are being realistic about their ambitions. In Hartlepool’s case, I can see a case for the defence. Taking zero points from a possible 18 will have any board member twitching their fingers and reaching for the gun. That said; it was sad to see Bates – a talented young manager – being sent on his way. Only a few weeks ago Pools were punching away in and around the play-offs but Tuesday night’s loss at home to AFC Fylde, in front of the club’s lowest crowd in 20 years, proved the fatal blow.
But Curzon sacking Flanagan leaves for a lot of head scratching. Here was a guy who took The Nash up two divisions during his seven-year tenure. What exactly are Curzon looking for?
It was the same with Peter Beadle at Hereford. The Bulls may be showing signs of climbing up the table after a recent resurgence but sacking Beadle – a man who won three promotions on the spin – made little to no sense.
Elsewhere this week, it was disappointing to hear of Gary Alexander’s sacking at Ashton United – via a text message! We are screaming out for credibility in Non-League football but there is too much of this nonsense going on. Managers deserve better, and they need protecting from incidents like this.
OUT: Matthew Bates