Who’s the boss?


Once again, the weekend is fast approaching and the news is dominated by international fixtures, but, would you believe, League One and League Two almost have a full fixture list.  Bizarrely, Preston North End vs Sheffield United has been postponed due to International Call-ups.  That is a shame because it would have been a great game. Preston are on fire and Sheffield United have lost 3 out of the last 4.  Still, they now have a full fortnight to prepare for the Steel City Derby on the 16th.

United’s city neighbours have finally found form after a stuttering start and Chesterfield make the short trip into Yorkshire in the pick of this weekend’s games.  Carlisle play host to hit-and-miss Brentford.  There is no telling which Bee’s team will turn up, they will either win by three or concede sloppy goals and make it a tough game.  Charlton are the pace setters and despite it just turning October, no one would bet against them winning the league.  The rest of these weekends games are based in the lower half of the table with Wycombe hosting Walsall and Bury being visited by Exeter, all four teams are looking to kickstart their season.  Two teams in good early season form meet on Sunday as Hartlepool visit Notts County.

The pick of the games in league two is Morecambe vs AFC Wimbledon.  Third vs fourth, separated by a single point, should prove a fantastic game (cue 0-0 draw).  Plymouth are hopefully past the worst of their financial troubles now and they host Accrington Stanley (who are they?).  This game highlights a serious point that needs to be made.  The LMA have stated this week that last season, clubs in England spent £99million on changing managers.  Plymouth’s Carl Fletcher has been in his job 16 days whereas his counterpart, John Coleman, has overseen over 12 years in his seat.  Football clubs are too quick to dispense with their gaffers yet the pressure that chairmen are put under after a few bad results is immense.  To put it into context, 3 months after Coleman signed for Stanley, Neil Warnock joined Sheffield United.  He stayed there for 6 years and in that time took them from Division One strugglers to a team that people called brave in the Premier League.  In the 4 years since he left, whilst Coleman was taking his team from the conference to league two, Sheffield United lurched from manager to manager and dropped down the leagues.

We all understand that this is just one example, but knee-jerk reactions do not help any club.  It costs the club stability, respect and ultimately money.

As a closing note, I want to make it known that following his horrific mid-week injury in the JPT, I wish Tom Bender a speedy recovery.  It is good to hear that he is out of hospital and hopefully he will be back on the pitch soon

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