The cycle of sacking managers


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. Factors for fans no longer attending matches.



    If you are in the GB you are being filmed and charged for singing and latteral movement.


    If you are old you can’t see.


    If you are young you can’t see.


    If you are partial to a good scran it’s expensive and poor quality.


    If yu go on a CSC the bus park takes ages to empty.


    If you want to go abroad to watch the Hoops it’s Thomas Cook robbery.


    If you like a bevvy you either can’t get in or scrapping with fellow fans.


    If you like the odd firework set off in the stands you are now causing a rammy.



    Then people wonder why the attendances are dropping! It seems to be any excuse. In my world it’s the cash. Just becoming a father for the first time and poor cash management has left me totally skint but that is my own fault. I will be back and have to pick up a ticket when I can afford it.



    I am certainly not missing Rangers/Sevco/Zombies.




  2. The Battered Bunnet on

    Smoke bombs are great for kids afflicted by asthma. Really helps clear the airways, and prepares them for dealing with panic in later life.

  3. goldstar10



    12:33 on 7 January, 2013



    Some desperately poor comments on this blog today.




    It was always going to be difficult to maintain the incredibly high standards of this blog but a lot of the garbage i have read on here of late reminds me why i do no more than skim-read the blog these days. Sad really.

  4. ernie lynch


    12:31 on


    7 January, 2013





    12:18 on 7 January, 2013



    Respect for age should be a two way street.



    In my experience old people are by far the most selfish sector of the population.






    I think you’ll find that the most selfish sector of the celtic population is the GB! IMO they don’t give a toss for the club or their fellow fans.

  5. Its beyond a joke, the GB are now dressing up as a hearts fan, going to Tyncastle and launching fireworks into the Hibs end, this right after getting everybody at Dens totally blootered and making them urinate everywhere.


    Horrible horrible scumbags, name, shame, castrate and deport. Won’t somebody think of the children!