The news broke yesterday that Leicester City manager Paulo Sousa had become the latest managerial casualty of the football season. Sousa has not had the steadiest of careers so far, this being the 3rd club he has left in a deplorable manner in 3 seasons in management. He did achieve Swansea’s best finish for almost 30 years but a poor run at the end of the season led to boardroom bickering and he left to take the Leicester City job following departure of Nigel Pearson.
Sousa will not have had to do much research to determine the kind of ruthless character he would be dealing with. Mandaric has been in English football since 1998 when he took control of Portsmouth and remained in control of the south coast club until last 2006 before beginning his spell as Foxes chairman in February 2007. In his time at Portsmouth he went through 10 managerial changes in 8/9 years, 1 caretaker and 2 of those were Harry Redknapp. That doesn’t begin to compare to his early spell at Leicester.
In his first 11 months at Leicester, Mandaric made 7 (SEVEN) managerial appointments. Three of whom were caretaker managers including a duet and a threesome, bringing the total number of managers at Leicester City FC for 2007 to a staggering 10. Nigel Pearson’s spell in charge taking the foxes back into the Championship seemed to signal the beginning of some stability from the board. He left the midlands club to chase the dream of financially troubled Hull City.
Paulo Sousa took the job after his boardroom bust up with at Swansea. He seems to fit the bill for every manager that Mandaric has appointed. Out of work, lacking confidence after failures at previous clubs. They all appear to be men desperate to have a job anywhere.
While I’m sure the wages offered in the Champonship are lower than in the top flight, it can’t be financial worries that force managers into these jobs. Take a step back and wait for the better jobs that will inevitably appear, at the end of the season usually.
There is no quick fire way to sedate this quick fire chairman, someone will be appointed even if only temporarily. Is the only hope that the chairman realises the error of his ways and allows the next manager to have sone 18 months to establish himself in the dressing room rather than sacking men as soon the honeymoon period has ended.