Stephen Chapman

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Manchester City v Southampton - Barclays Premier League The unwarranted, untimely, unjustified and still unexplained sacking of Southampton’s manager Nigel Adkins was a stark illustration that irrespective of results, ability and your team’s performance, it’s football club owners and their egos who hold the ultimate power over the direction of any football club. A power that if not wielded correctly can sink clubs. And it remains to be seen where the Saints will end up after the shock decision to wield the axe.

Like their form, players only influence a club’s history in the short-term, managers dictate how a club performs over a season with their tactics and acquisitions, whilst it’s club chairmen who dictate a club’s longer term standing, success and even their existence.

In a period when the cautionary tales of Leeds United and Glasgow Rangers should serve as a reminder about the dangers of irresponsible boardroom decision making, Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese saw it fit…

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This entry was posted on January 22, 2013 by in football, Sport and tagged , .

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