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theguardian - 20 days ago

Spate of sackings shows how tough it is for managers to better themselves

Attempting to emulate Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche is a thankless task, and one seemingly getting harder, and moving up the ladder often ends in tearsA season barely three months old has already chewed up and spat out almost an entire matchday squad of managers. Fifteen have left posts in the Football League since August, six more than at this stage last season. John Askey’s exit at Shrewsbury Town was especially dispiriting, compounding a miserable hat-trick of sackings for a triangle of coaches who moved up the managerial ladder having directly replaced one another. Harry Kewell’s exit from Notts County after 73 days was the latest reminder of the remorselessness.Paul Hurst, the catalyst for the aforementioned merry-go-round, was presumably not alone in thinking that he was broadening his palette and moving on to bigger and better things when he left Shrewsbury for the Ipswich Town job in May. It is impossible to sugarcoat results – Askey, Hurst and Mark Yates (at Askey’s previous club, Macclesfield Town) mustered five league wins between them in 43 games – but such sackings are indicative of a problem facing British coaches aiming to better themselves. Continue reading...

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