Who would be a football manager? In League Two where the glamour and glitz of the Premier League can seem a million miles away, opinions and moods can change in the space of just a few days.
On Saturday after their defeat at Wycombe Wanderers, Harry Kewell was involved in a heated ‘moment’ with his own Crawley Town fans. Fast forward to Tuesday evening and his Town side comfortably beat promotion chasing Exeter City, whose boss Paul Tisdale labelled their performance ‘one of the worst he’d seen’.
Take Jack Lester at bottom club Chesterfield, a hero from past glories unable to get things moving. Suddenly, 2 draws and 2 straight wins has brought the rest of the 23 teams closer to them and suddenly fans are beginning to think the season is not a lost cause as we move towards the halfway point.
Mark McGhee was minutes away from changing places with Chesterfield, before his Barnet side secured their first win in 13 attempts with very late goals. And while those bottom two sides were securing wins, the 3 immediately above them all lost and now look over their shoulders.
But there are those like Kevin Nolan at Notts County, Nathan Jones at Luton and John Coleman at Accrington who at the moment make it look like a breeze, no concern for those below as their teams have started to pull away from the rest.
There must be some frustration for the likes of Shaun Derry, Keith Curle and Darren Sarll who sides just can’t get going and string more than one or two results together, especially knowing the teams above them are within touching distance.
And then there’s Steve Evans, Mark Robins and David Flitcroft, ready to pounce on any slight glimmer of hope a defeat for one of the top three would present.
In today’s cut throat world of managing, any one of these guys could be 24 hours or 1-2 matches away from the sack and there is always an endless list of those ready to take the plunge once again, the only job in the world where failure to perform in one job has no relevance to the next.
What is it that drives them back into the hot seat? Is it the ‘football is in the blood’ feeling? Or the adulation from passionate adoring fans amid continuing success?
One thing for sure, it’s not the pay packet at this level and with the chance of managing at higher levels becoming less and less day by day, you could say it’s almost a dead end job with those chairman in leagues above unwilling to take a chance on an ambitious League Two manager with success wanted yesterday and the cost of relegation from any division can unbalance a club so badly that it can take years to recover from and in extreme cases send a club completely out of business.
With a long list of current and ex-players heading off to complete their coaching badge courses, the route for established management names is getting smaller year on year and with some chairman believing retired players will make great managers at the top level based on their playing career achievements might well mean those names above aren’t likely to find their way above League Two level despite any success they may gain, who’d want to be a football manager!
Written by Trevor Knell
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