Paul Ince Exclusive: Is Patience With Managers The Key To Success?
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Paul Ince Exclusive: Is Patience With Managers The Key To Success?

There are few jobs in life with less security than being a Premier League manager. In the last two years alone, there have been 15 permanent coaching changes in dugouts across England's top flight – and more are certain to be on the cards this season. With the pressure building on some of the division's most high-profile bosses, we have taken a look at whether patience is a virtue for club owners – or if swift sackings are actually the key to success.


Gunnar Stick?

It has been a tumultuous eight years at Manchester United since the departure of long-serving manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Red Devils have failed to win the Premier League following the Scotsman’s retirement and are on their fourth permanent manager since David Moyes was appointed in 2013.

Currently at the helm is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is the Red Devils’ longest serving boss over that period.

But how long he will remain in situ is a matter of debate. The Norwegian has yet to win a trophy and his United team were humiliated by Liverpool on Sunday, losing 5-0 in their own backyard.

So far, the club’s hierarchy have stuck by Solskjaer, with the belief that he is laying the building blocks for success – and they have improved year-on-year during his tenure.

Yet after backing the 48-year-old heavily in the summer transfer window, there is a growing feeling that United are going backwards this season – as this weekend’s debacle demonstrated. 

Watford Way

Claudio Ranieri’s arrival at Watford this month saw him become the 15th permanent Hornets manager appointed by the Pozzo family in the last decade.

Former boss Xisco Munoz was sacked after less than 10 months in the Vicarage Road dugout, with the club sitting 14th in the table – despite successfully guiding them back to the Premier League last season.

But there is method to the Pozzo’s madness, with Watford spending six of the last seven campaigns in the top flight.

The Hertfordshire side’s structure ultimately means their head coach is dispensable, while senior figures oversee recruitment and build a long-term strategy for the club.

Ruthless Roman

There are few football owners on the continent who are as ruthless as Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich.

The Russian has garnered a reputation for having no second thoughts when it comes to pulling the trigger and relieving a manager of their duties.

Roberto Di Matteo won the Blues their first ever Champions League trophy in 2012 and the FA Cup in the same campaign, but was cruelly replaced just six months later.

It was a similar story with club legend Frank Lampard.

After guiding Chelsea to a top-four finish and an FA Cup final in the midst of a transfer embargo, the Englishman was sacked by Abramovich halfway through his second season in charge.

But that dismissal was more than justified, after Lampard’s replacement – Thomas Tuchel – guided Chelsea to victory in the Champions League, a top-four league finish and an FA Cup Final after just four months in West London.

Ince insight

Former Manchester United and England star Paul Ince experienced the managerial stability of the Ferguson era at Old Trafford – but believes that a swiftly changing coaches can be just as effective.

Speaking exclusively to Genting, the two-time Premier League winner said:

“If you think of the Chelsea model they get the best managers they can and they back them, but the manager knows that if they don’t deliver they will be sacked. 

“If they don’t deliver a Champions League or win the league then they can move onto another manager. Manchester United is completely different.

“That’s why Chelsea keep winning trophies time and time again, whereas Manchester United, I’m not sure what the model is.”

With Solskjaer surely testing the board’s patience, we are set to find out more about the club’s managerial strategy in the days and weeks ahead.




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