PETER TAYLOR, Phil Brown and Micky Adams have all had success in football management yet must be wondering how many ladders they’ve walked under recently.
Taylor lasted just over a year at Bradford City, but walked the plank after a sequence of close on 50 games without ever recording more than two consecutive wins.
Brown was overjoyed to get the job of steering proud Preston North End to Championship survival after Darren Ferguson’s dismissal, yet is still waiting for his first win, the team is 11 points adrift, and games are running out.
As for Adams he’s almost put his own neck in the noose already, saying he expects to be shown the door after 12 games without a solitary success.
When the trio were appointed there were the usual quotes from chairmen about getting the right man for the job, and from the incumbents about being honoured to be chosen for massive clubs with better times ahead.
Hopefully Brown and Adams will be given time to turn things around, two or three months is insufficient for anyone, but in this crazy game there’s no guarantee with instant success demanded by boards and fans alike.
It would be sad to see Preston and Sheffield United drop into the third tier of the English game, but there is no divine right for any club to be at the top for ever and no-one can live on past glories.
As for Bradford, the thought of the city not having a team in the Football League would break my heart, having spent most of my life there, and I’m delighted Peter Jackson has been given the task of making sure that doesn’t happen.
Jacko is still popular with most Huddersfield Town fans, but as he knows all too well there’s no hiding place in football, and he has a limited amount of time to restore confidence to players who have seriously under-performed all season.
As his predecessor discovered some managers suit certain clubs but not necessarily others. That’s why the whole business of football management is such a lottery.
IT IS going to be interesting to see how Arsenal react to that shock Carling Cup Final defeat.
One minute you’re fighting on four fronts with the prospect of a trophy-laden season, the next you’re starting to worry about missing out on the lot.
Overcoming Birmingham would have been seen by some at the Emirates as the easiest of the lot, certainly more attainable than the Champions League with Barcelona still to be overcome, or the Premier League with Manchester United four points better off.
And tonight there’s a little matter of an FA Cup replay with Leyton Orient. Should be a doddle, shouldn’t it ?
Well don’t be too sure. Confidence will be a little more fragile after Sunday, and without Fabregas and Walcott, the Gunners have lost guile and pace.
Even if they do overcome their East End rivals, that pesky lot from Old Trafford lie in waiting in the next round. No wonder Arsene’s brow looked more furrowed than ever at Wembley.
I HEARD one of the funniest, yet saddest, public address announcements last week.
“Tonight’s attendance is 2,401, and we would like to thank the 14 supporters of Forest Green Rovers for making the trip”.
That is what it has come to at Grimsby Town. Relegated from the Football League last May having been original members of Division Two in 1892, they are now hosting clubs like Forest Green, Hayes and Yeading and Eastbourne, with minimal fan bases.
You can’t blame fans for not wanting to make a midweek trek from the west country to Cleethorpes, and it is surely something for the Blue Square Premier League to address.
When status has been lost it’s difficult enough to attract people through the turnstiles and quite clearly ludicrous to schedules games like this.
I’ve seen the likes of West Ham and Everton play midweek fixtures at Blundell Park but at least they brought more than 14 fanatics with them.