SEVEN DOWN ALREADY

After seven managerial departures in just over three weeks, English football’s manager merry-go-round shows now signs of abating this season.

The latest casulaty was Port Vale’s Lee Sinnott who was removed from his position at League Two strugglers Port Vale on Monday night after overseeing four consecutive defeats.

Earlier in the day, Colchester’s Geraint Williams left the League One outfit by mutual consent making 2 down in the space of a few hours.

After relegation last season the U’s managed just five points in six games and that was enough for Colchester’s board to wield the axe at the Community Stadium.

Just who Colchester will appoint next remains to be seen, but invariably it will be a manager that has failed elsewhere.

The first boss to go this term was Bournemouth boss Kevin Bond who has since been replaced by Jimmy Quinn.



West Ham chief Alan Curbishley was the first gaffer in the top flight to go – against all the football odds he beat Kevin Keegan to resigning at Newcastle before Keith Downing at Cheltenham and Alan Buckley at Grimsby were given the boot.

In the case of the lower league teams that have shipped out their managers it seems that patience is not a word in the vocabulary of the money men.

The season is not even two months old and ‘patience’ has already run out for Williams and co, but with resources scarce in the lower divisions the new men to arrive are likely to have the same players and the same budget. And they are very unlikely to aid the immediate improvement that the owners are looking for.

Surely having continuity and giving managers time would be just as beneficial as a change, if not more so in the long run.

It rarely happens though with pressures in the modern game so high and with a departure on average every 3 days in September we’re due another casualty around Thursday.

By Phil Tomlinson



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