As mentioned in a previous blog post, we have approached that part of the season, that happens in every season, well for as long as I can remember this has happened.
I am of course talking about the managerial sackings. So as mentioned in a previous blog, Thomas Tuchel, Tony Pulis and Slaven Billic have lost their jobs.
Since the last blog post about this topic, there has since been two further managerial sackings, both in Scotland.
In this blog, I want to talk about the need to give struggling managers time, step forward Messer’s Moyes and Hasenhutl.
In the case of Southampton manager Hassenhutl, the former RB Leipzig manager, a 9-0 home defeat to Leicester, at any other club, would have been the final nail in the coffin.
A managerial sacking would have been a 110% certainty, but this is Southampton a well run football club.
The faith shown by the Saints board, has been rewarded. The South Coast club in fact, would go on to accumulate more points than The Foxes, it’s amazing how life works sometimes.
This feel good, the optimism feeling has ben carried on to this season. At one stage of the season, Southampton, actually went to top of the Premier League, which was something that hadn’t been done in their history before this year.
So there’s an example of the rewards you can get for keeping the faith. Southampton to their credit, have only been losing managers as they’re getting poached by bigger clubs (with the greatest respect).
Another team in the Premier League team who have arguably reaped the rewards in this regard, have been West Ham.
The Hammers who, narrowly avoided the drop looked certain to sack David Moyes, but the board kept faith with the Scot, and to their credit West Ham have impressed this season.
The last example, of the benefits of being loyal to the manager has been that of AC Milan.
Italian giants Milan, looked certain to part company with former Inter manager Stefano Pioli. Speculation was very intense, it seemed a matter of when and not if Ralf Ragnick would be in the San Siro dug out.
To their credit, AC Milan, ended up not pressing the sack button and, like everyone else have watched in awe as the Rosaneri have stormed to the top of Serie A.
The Italian giants have achieved this, with the youngest squad in the league. You see, sometimes it pays to be loyal.