The negative impact sacking a manager has on the development of young players

Andy Dillon by Andy Dillon / 27 October 2015, 09:25

Tim SherwoodThis week The Sun's Andy Dillon (@andydillon70) looks at the negative impact sacking a manager has on the development of young players.

EVER WONDERED why you don't see so many young players coming through at your club these days?

Well, part of the answer lies in the sacking of Tim Sherwood by Aston Villa on Sunday.

Sherwood's axing 24 hours after a 2-1 home defeat by Swansea makes it a hat-trick of managerial casualties less than three months into the season in The Premier League alone.

Dick Advocaat quit at Sunderland but Brendan Rodgers was taken out by Liverpool's owners just over three years into the job.

These days that sounds like a long time but go back to the 1960s, 70s and 80s and it looks like the blink of an eye.

When a manager goes from a club the whole coaching structure is demolished at a stroke and every player on the books must prove themselves all over again.

It's back to the drawing board, back to square one, back to basics - rip it up and start again.

Back in 2002 FIFA decided it was unfair and unworkable for clubs to buy and sell players at any time of the season and so introduced the transfer window.

The mantra was that being restricted to dumping or signing players in two specific periods of the season would stop the rich clubs swooping down on the poor and snapping up their best talent at a critical part of the campaign.

In other words, it creates stability and fairness. It also tells clubs that like it or lump it you make the decisions on who to buy in the window so deal with it.

So if it works for players, why shouldn't it work for managers too?

At present, every top boss in The Premier League is living under a constant shadow of uncertainty.

Villa released a statement immediately after the decision to sack Sherwood was made public.

Part of it read: "Results were not good enough and a change was imperative."

It was six successive defeats. Not great and maybe Sherwood wasn't going to turn it around.

But why should a club like Villa be allowed to sack the manager in the middle of the busiest part of the season while the players get away with it? They will be safe until January at the very earliest.

Rodgers was given the boot by Liverpool after a 1-1 draw against Everton on October 4. Advocaat resigned from Sunderland on the same weekend.

The new season only started on August 8.

When managers are living under this kind of pressure it is no wonder they are reluctant to spend time and effort on the slow process of nurturing youth team prospects into top professionals.

All they are doing is paving the way for their successor to reap the rewards of their hard work and patience, because they'll probably get the bullet just as their blossoming home grown youngster starts to spread his wings and fly in the first team.

Should FIFA impose a transfer window on managers too?

After all, the clubs appoint these blokes to run their teams, they should be made to deal with the consequences the way they have to with the playing staff.

If a manager had at least some degree of longevity that he could not be sacked until the summer or for one week during the winter, maybe then he might not be looking over his shoulder all the time.

Maybe then he will have that bit of security to stop scrabbling around for off-the-peg players to fill the here and now and save his own skin.

Perhaps the fans might then see a few kids coming through who really mean it when they kiss the badge.


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