March 02, 2012

February Casualties

BILL THE BIRO on newly unemployed managers

A few weeks ago there were three managers in our division who especially wound up Poolies. Now there are none.

One was Lee Clark at Huddersfield, whose team were expensively assembled, were up in the playoff zone, had recently gone almost a season unbeaten, and were regarded as a bit thuggish.

Then there was Martin "Mad Dog" Allen at Notts County, who had two main faults: being a bit eccentric ...and employing Lee Hughes.

And finally at Sheffield Wednesday, Gary Megson followed his own tradition of never being liked by fans of not only the club he was managing at the time, but also of any other club.

So it came as a pleasant surprise to many Poolies that all three would be removed from their positions, all in little more than a couple of weeks.

"Gary Megson followed his own tradition of never being liked by fans of not only the club he was managing at the time, but also of any other club"
But more than that, all three were sacked while their clubs were doing quite well. Huddersfield and Wednesday were in the playoff places, and County weren't far behind. All three sackings appear to have been a bit unfair, but that seems to be the way things are now, even in League One. And Martin Allen's demise seemed especially unsatisfactory when his successor was given the job only a couple of days later, with Colin West, who had reportedly been watching Allen's final match (at the Vic), as his assistant.

Let's hope we can quickly find some new unfavourite managers to replace them.