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The cycle of sacking managers

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We spoke about Stale Solbakken here as an option during one of our recent management vacancies.  At the time he was manager of Copenhagen, who were playing monopoly with the Danish game and had become the first regular Champions League competitor from that country.  Yesterday he was sacked as manager of Wolves, who are 18th in the second tier of English football.

Mick McCarthy led Wolves to promotion into the FA Premier League in 2009 but was sacked in February after slipping into a relegation place.  The club were relegated and Solbakken was appointed in July.  Solbakken, still only 44, won five leagues in six seasons at Copenhagen and competed well with a tiny budget in the Champions League.  He is a good manager but his failure at Wolves presents more evidence that the fabled guru football manager doesn’t exist.

Managers are cogs in a management system which involves players, scouts, technical experts, coaches, youth development staff and administrators.  If a club gets all the other components right, as Copenhagen unquestionably did, the guy with ultimate control over team matters will appear to over-perform.   Conversely, if you have a genuinely talented manager but he doesn’t work with a crucial part of the football structure, progress will stall.  Martin O’Neill taught us more about football tactics in his first season than we had learned in the previous 20 years, but he was not known to sign players he hadn’t identified when playing against his teams.

Wolves chance of recruiting a manager as good as Mick McCarthy is slight.  They could do worse than look at how Celtic stemmed the flow of failure by taking a guy who was already working with the scouts, coaches, technical experts, youth development staff and administrators.  Don’t look for a guru, get the system right and find someone who will work within it.

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  1. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    BURNLEY78

     

     

    That was a helluva longwinded way of saying what i put in the first sentence of my post at 0049

     

     

    I dread to think how long your reply to the rest of it will take.

     

     

    Hang on,I’ll just grab a few cold ones out the fridge………

  2. WilliamKentigern67 on

    Cheers BMCUW.

     

     

    Burnley 78. Why do you use that nom de plume? I was at Burnley in 78. It was not the Celtic fans finest hour. A lot of fans where very drunk. A lot of empty wine bottles where thrown at the match. Most of them landed on the Celtic fans at the bottom of the terracing. Drink is the biggest cause of trouble at football matches. That is why it was banned. You should not be allowed into the game if you are blitzed.

  3. Canamalar- as alluded to before I was probably the annoying drunk many moons ago:-(

     

     

    However, whether it’s due to age I no longer feel that some of our support are there for the team, rather to get pished with mates. I don’t have a prob with that per se but when it impacts on other Celtic fans I do! Charlie is cheap, add it to bevvy and HELLO we have a problem Houston.

     

     

    Self policing will usually get us by, but on a Boxing Day evening kick off we have no chance.

     

     

    We wiz set-up!

  4. WilliamKentigern67 on

    Cheers again BMCUW. We certainlt share the taste in music. Was listening to a compilation today from this era and Felt were on it.

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    CANAMALAR

     

     

    Haha,good try,but naw ye cannae!

     

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nXrfuxBWJI

     

     

    And it’s a LIVE version-never seen it before,tbh..

     

     

    How you keeping,bud?

     

     

    I noticed your kind offer to IZZY the other night. Yer a good man,hopefully someone will point him to it-and one or two others-next time he is on,

  6. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    like a kipper mate

     

    its still a rare occurance but never turn on your friends mad wee cousin we all needed space to grow up

  7. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    WILLIAMKENTIGERN67

     

     

    Cheers,bud! A vastly under-rated band,so keep it quiet,haha!

     

     

    I’m meeting a few people from here when I am home,including one to whom I have promised an ipod of my personal taste in what I like to listen to. Jee-zoh,there’s some seriously conflicting tastes on it.

     

     

    Best way,IMO………

  8. Paranoia is a wonderful thing to those who think they can manipulate and extort – whether that be money or emotion. Celtic will never be about that. L

  9. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    BMCUW,

     

    come on, the follow up was better than that, blog life, we’re pirates we dont do anything :o)

  10. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    AoW,

     

    unless you dont like them, then stick them in by all means :oD)))

  11. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    WILLIAMKENTIGERN67

     

     

    Wow,you and I are gonna have to exchange notes some weekend……..

  12. WilliamKentigern67 on

    BMCUW

     

     

    Felt, Denom, Television & Tom Verlaine. I need to get to bed before we start exchanging Win and Nectarine No.9 tracks. I’m working at 7. Night Night.

  13. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    CANAMALAR

     

     

    Gotta admit,I do like a bitta Carlos.

     

     

    Don’t rate The Beatles much,and as for The Monkees?

     

     

    Hmmmmmmm…………..

  14. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    WILLIAM KENTIGERN67

     

     

    We can mark the first weekend in Feb down-I’m basically offline for a few weeks from tomorrow.

     

     

    You sound like a fella who shares my kinda sounds,I’ll look forward to hearing your choices!

     

     

    Take care,bud…………

  15. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    CANAMALAR

     

     

    Oh,PABLO will be having a word wi God about that.He may smite you.

     

     

    I was never smitten wi them,mind………

  16. Burnley 78

     

     

    I agree with you. Lots of moaning on here. The Board arent perfect of course but ffs reading this blog you’d think they were fifth columnists. I agree that they should protect and defend our fans a bit more but the criticism is ott imho.

  17. Just watched Barça v Espanyol…..I hope we come back fae oor wee brek the way that mob have. Espanyol were gubbed.

     

    And we beat those impious Catalans, and were unlucky not to draw with them on their home turf.

     

    Mes que un club? Darn’ tootin’ we are!!!

     

    HH!

  18. Art of War….

     

     

    Indeed….

     

     

     

    Even though they are Deid

     

    The Auld Divide & Rule is Alive &Well…

     

    It’s just more elegantly, locally and globally sophisticated nowadays…..

     

     

    Same as it ever was…?