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Artell On Early Managerial Sackings

21 September 2017

David Artell believes that managers are getting a rather raw deal when they are losing their jobs so early on in the season. League Two bosses Gary Caldwell and Michael Brown joined the more high profile Harry Redknapp and Dutchman Frank de Boer in being dismissed  last week. They went before they have had a chance to see their teams gel properly.

The former Ajax and Inter Milan coach de Boer was sacked by Crystal Palace after taking charge of just four Premier League games.

The Crewe boss told the club’s official website:  “November used to be the month when managers were getting the sack. It used to be the month that owners assessed things and sacked them, but it is even quicker now.

“De Boer got four matches at Palace and that is frankly ridiculous. If Scott Dann heads in from a yard out then he probably gets another week.

“There was pressure on Slaven Bilic at West Ham but his player hits a shot off the back of a defender and it loops in and the pressure is off him for a week or so.

“The owners in the Premier League are scared of dropping out of the league and losing the money that comes with that. At our level, the Chairmen don’t want to be losing their Football League status and what comes with that.

“I always think that if you have employed them then back them. Stick with them a bit. If you keep changing your manager or players and don’t have that stability then that doesn’t help anybody.

“It is easy to blame the manager for everything. I was at Shrewsbury when Kevin Ratcliffe was sacked and there is no way he deserved to lose his job. It was down to the players and we shouldn’t have been paid for three weeks until we pulled our fingers out.

The boss added: “I suppose that you are six games away from pressure and it is always around the corner, so you have to work hard to keep the wolves from the door – but I do think the managers are blamed a little too easily. “

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