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. Afternoon all



    Just reread the Celtic Fc official Facebook Review of 2012 and in particular the closing sentence of the April 2012 entry. Aside from wondering whether I have any sort of life – as I have also read the comments of somebody called Andrew Dickson on said entry/ I wonder quite why anybody on either side of the factual divide is getting aereated about this. Celtic have not played Rangers Oldco , Newco Rangers, the Rangers, Sevco 5088 or any clubs approved of (or in fact not) by the ECA, UEFA or SMERSH since April 29 2012. This is not mischief making or disrespect or anything else. It is a fact. Now I’ll away and do something life enhancing like change my bed clothes or an ironing in a bid to improve myself.



    H x 2

  2. If true about Paolo Di Canio & St Pauli, that is a disastrous match. Cannot see Di Canio’s extreme right wing views and antics going down well with St Pauli. Anti Fascism being the cornerstone of their principles.



    Hail Hail St Pauli , don’t do it!!!

  3. Gene, Puerto Del Carmen is a fairly stretched out resort. At one extreme end you have the resort of Matagorda,then walking towards the main resort is a little area known as Los Poscillios, then on to the New Town and eventually up to the Old Town & Harbour Area. So it depends on where you want to base yourself. I usually stay in the San Antonio Hotel but that is just beyond Los Poscillios and at outer end of The New Town. Its a long walk from there to the Harbour Area which is probably the nicest part of the resort. If you are energetic there is a smashing cliff top walk from The Old Town to Puerto Calera, its about 50 minutes but there are a lot of steps to go up at the begining. You would need to be some way fit but if you are try the walk, its worth it.

  4. GlassTwoThirdsFull on




    The reply from Andrew Dickson is very strange – didn’t Charles Green himself refer to us as their “former rivals”?

  5. My dear,dear,dear,friend.. The Singing Detective.



    Hiya, Pal..



    and a Great Big. Hi Five.. tae you..



    Speaking o’ … Qualitee…



    Whitevah happened tae…



    They great.. Sweeties??



    Ah hivnae seen fur ages..



    Jist a thought..



    Noo.. here is Aniither.. Thought.



    When ur the Good Folks , in the U.K



    (and ,by the way,pally.. the following text.. is no aimed at


    yer good sel..)





    Gonna Realize, that they hiv taken a Serpent tae thur Bosom?



    Dae they guid Fold.. In the U.K. no get the picture??



    The Picture ..being..



    The Moslem the Fastest Growin..



    well.. Religion… in the U.K. and In Europe .. as weel.



    And.. the Christian noo lookin like it is a Lost Cause.



    Over Half of the Folk in the U.K. class themselves as



    Religion.. Neutral..






    It is Predicted that a Child Being born in the U.K.


    right at this very minute…





  His or Her Lifetime




    SHARIA LAW.. being the Law o the Land.. in



    Good ole.. Britain..,



    ‘Believe it…



    Ye Dinna?





    Jist you folk wait..



    Noo.. Me..



    Ah dinna gie a Cotton Pickin’ Fig.. when that predo takes place..



    Fur.. Ah wull be.. Chasin.. Sky Bunnies…



    when it comes tae Pass..






    Ah jist felt like Ah hid tae Tell you Folk..



    aboot whit is in store fur Yous.






    Yer pal..who likes ye aloater



    Still, Laughin’

  6. Good to see ESPN do have the computerised ‘offside line’ drawn across the pitch


    – didn’t do it it for Hibs v Celtic and the well dodgy goal.



    Too sophisticated for north of the border coverage?

  7. Glasstwothirdsfull.



    I am sure the Chuckster has said that. Mind you if he told me the Pope was Catholic I’d check.



    H x 2

  8. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Hugh Currie provided the Coatbridge & Airdrie tizer with a picture of the flag protest outside the town hall this week.



    Hot stuff from mr currie I think he’s trying to stir it up!!

  9. But we’re not Charles Green’s former rivals, or Sevco’s. We’ve never had the misfortune to play them. I hope we never do.

  10. My Dear Kojo….



    I Believe That Mackintosh…..



    The Makers Of ‘Quality Street’…..



    Went Out Of Business Once Saddam Went To Meet His Maker….



    Depriving Them Of Fully 50% Of Their Total Market…..



    Aside From George Galloway And Oor Ernie…..



    There Were Only A Few Old Gumsy Crones Who Still Bought Them….



    Even Kilbowie Kvetch Prefers ‘Werthers Butterscotch Originals’ These Days…




    Now ‘Oddfellows’ And ‘Pan Drops’ From Kings Of Wishaw……



    They WERE The Business……



    Sadly Liquidated In The ’90s….



    Now Even Heilin’ Toffee Penny Chews Cost 5p. Each……



    I Blame The Perfidious Marxists And ‘Common Purpose’…….

  11. Suarez the ‘cheat’ makes it 2-0 for Liverpool.



    Controlled ball with his hand before putting it into the net.

  12. Stairheedrammy on

    Can anyone help explain this- why isn’t a toothbrush called a teethbrush- or are you supposed to have a separate one for each tooth?

  13. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on




    Ask ur dentist it should only cost you abt £30 squid. Sheldon out of the Big Bang Theory wd def know for sure.

  14. Stairheedrammy on




    I have a different dentist for each tooth, it keeps them on their toes- the dentists that is

  15. Dear Kojo….



    Juventus Will Be An Allmighty Hurdle…



    In Our Progress To Wembley…..



    Because They Are The Most Accomplished Bunch Of Cheaters….



    In The Italian League….



    Which Must Be The Most Corrupt Major League….



    In The Whole Wide World…..



    So Much Will Depend On The Performance Of The Ref And His Assistants…..



    One Thing That Was A Pleasant Surprise In The Ties Against Barcelona….



    I Can Only Recall Two Occasions When Their Players Went To Ground….



    Looking To Gain A Free-Kick Outside Our Box….



    And I Have No Recollection Of Any Diving In The Box…



    Looking For A Penalty….



    Without Henry And Ronaldinho…..



    Barcelona Are Certainly A Much More ‘Sporting’ Side…..



    Juventus Will Never Change Their Stripes..



    Recall Amoruso’s Last Minute Penalty Against MON’s Side In Turin……



    The Sleakit Was Interviewed On BBC Grandstand For The Following Saturday…



    He Admitted That The Celtic Player Had Made No Contact With Him….



    And He Took A Dive To Win The Penalty…



    So Depriving Celtic Of A Well-Earned Point….



    With MON Being Handed A Touchline Ban



    For Making An Energetic Protest….



    Expect More Of The Same….




  16. South of Tunis or any other Italian based lurkers



    If anyones about… I’ve heard a couple rumours about names being printed on tickets for games in Italy with matching I.D. being required to gain access. Can you shed any light on the likelihood/truth of this?

  17. Ah, the Sevconian, a strange deluded breed , think they are something that they are not , live in a habitat that is collapsing around their ears, have a tendency to sing some strange and some would call delusional songs.Controlled by an Englishman who will fleece them, they have a tendency to sleepwalk. All seem to have a liking for steak bakes and when on the march buttons tend to pop on their white shirts.




  18. T4.



    I mind leaving parkhead after the game and everyone tapping their back pocket at the hun buses.


    Enrico was immense the way he marked laudrup out of the game.


    As you said Jan the man new his tactics.

  19. Just seen evidence … Genuine 100% with my own eyes .. That riquelmes agent has been contacted regards his availability and interest in playing for celtic


    His agent has already replied and did not rule out the possibility

  20. tommytwiststommyturns on

    Aw Naw – still room for plenty of football debate on here!



    The current model we’re working to appears to be bearing fruit, going by the progress in Europe over the last two seasons and you have to look as far back to Davie Hay for such effective scouting.



    I don’t prescribe to either the full-blown European model, where the managers are almost inter-changable or the typical British model, where the manager’s word is gospel.


    The Director of Football role, so common in Europe has not proved to be particularly effective in British football either.


    I think the foundations of our current success lie somewhere in between, where we have the right people operating within a working solution and we have a manager that everyone respects.



    Previously, during their 3iar, many of us felt that PL was playing Football Manager with our club and I remember being very critical of the board.


    For example, the amount of player trading was quite ridiculous. You could have been forgiven for thinking that somebody at the club was on a cut of player deals in & out of CP!



    Our biggest problem is still being stuck in our current environment. I’m pig-sick of it and I’m sure there’s plenty more feel the same.






  21. Asithought



    Ive seen the actual e mail correspondence.


    The case for signing for celtic was laid out very well.. Citing lubo at 33 becoming a legend. Henrik still a hero 8 years after leaving. Nakas god like status after his free kick against utd.


    Highlighted the champions league success to date and pending matches against juve

  22. Blatter at it again, proves to me any initiative to deal with all forms of racism are a sham.Threatening players and clubs who walk of due to this abuse is ridiculous,why are associations allowing this guy to run football

  23. NatKnow - "We welcome the paper-chase..." on

    jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/


    17:46 on


    6 January, 2013





    Does Jim White ?



    Does Jim Whyte what?!

  24. The Boy Jinky



    Could be a very interesting signing. How old is he now? Thanks for the response.

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