Hot Seat Narratives: Looking Beyond the Manager

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Hot Seat Narratives | No Comments
Hot Seat Narratives: Looking Beyond the Manager

The stats relating to the duration of managerial spells are, as you might expect, damning. This season, the average length of employment across the Premier and Football League’s 92 clubs is 1.64 seasons. In the Championship the mean is even worse, standing at 0.82 seasons. Between the Premier League and League Two, 47 of the 92 managers currently in position are yet to complete a full season with their …

Hot Seat Narratives: Paul Tisdale and Exeter City: A Complicated Relationship

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Hot Seat Narratives | One Comment
Hot Seat Narratives: Paul Tisdale and Exeter City: A Complicated Relationship

In the summer of 2006, a group of Exeter City fans bumped into a well-known Football League manager and conversation turned towards the managerial vacancy at St James’ Park. The advice was unequivocal. “Get in Jimmy Quinn. He’ll get you promoted, no worries.”

It seemed like sound advice. Quinn had recently got Shrewsbury promoted from the Conference at the first time of asking and was available after leaving Gay …

Hot Seat Narratives: Watford’s Managerial Carousel

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Hot Seat Narratives | 2 Comments
Hot Seat Narratives: Watford’s Managerial Carousel

In passing judgement on Watford’s unusual managerial goings-on this season, one really needs to take a step back and appreciate the backdrop to a bizarre period that saw five different men – four full-time appointees and one stand-in – take charge of Watford within less than six weeks.

So… for those that have been paying no attention at all, here’s a whistle-stop summary. The Pozzo family bought Watford in …

Hot Seat Narratives: Alan Pardew’s Charmed Existence at Newcastle United

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Hot Seat Narratives, Uncategorized | One Comment
Hot Seat Narratives: Alan Pardew’s Charmed Existence at Newcastle United

It will be the greatest comeback since Lazarus.”

The late, legendary darts commentator Sid Waddell may have been talking about Cliff Lazarenko, but, had he been alive in 2014 to witness the annus horribilis endured by the manager of his beloved Newcastle United, he might well have been moved to say the same thing about Alan Pardew. And yet, incredibly, the comeback appears to be on.

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