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. Just seen on twitter, that negotiations to take jrr to Celtic are being held in Qatar (wtf)!!!!!



    Weefra HH

  2. West Wales Celt on



    You stick to discussing the threat of sharia law in the UK with your master.


    Leave the football to the grown-ups…

  3. tommytwiststommyturns on

    EN – get Paul67 to put a word in for you with PL, you’re wasted oot in that Doha!




  4. Detective



    Naw … Were chasing juan roman



    Theres only juan glasgow celtic … With roman connections



    Many a time ive chanted argentina at our games .. Maradona too



    So come on riquelme … Step up ;)

  5. Bloody Hell, Barca haven’t scored in the last 15 minutes. Half Time and its still only 4 nil. Think I’ll go and watch the Tony Watt goal 3 or 15 times during the half time break.

  6. Just seen messi on a turkish airlines advert where he is juggling a football neil alexander style

  7. dessybhoy



    For once I agree with Blatter.



    Imagine the level of abuse that could occur, if a player, whose team was losing, claiming that he heard racial abuse from the stands.



    Team walks off, game abandoned,points safe.



    The referee is the only person who can stop a game, therefore that is where FIFA’s focus should be, in this matter.

  8. FAVOURITE UNCLE on forgot to mention that your brother has a 2 bedroom flat “ensuite”in COATBRIG that he can have for him and his family free of charge.that should just about swing it.

  9. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Watching Barcelona is like watching an off-form Celtic …..

  10. Alasdair MacLean on

    Question for the CQN IT Helpdesk…….



    My main “house” computer got used less and less.


    Password was changed regularly to keep the kids off and on homework.


    Now no-one can remember what the password is.


    I can’t lose the stuff on it.



    What do I do?

  11. Alasdair



    Ive got a laptop that i have forgot the password too



    Loads of very sentimental pics on it… Was told im screwed



    I live in hope

  12. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    jude2005 is neil lennon \o/



    18:06 on 6 January, 2013



    That was AWESOME, BRILLIANT, INSPIRING …..thank you for posting….!!!!!!!!

  13. Estadio Nacional on




    Im keeping that up my sleeve for later in negotiations, might need it to sway things.





  14. tommytwiststommyturns on

    EDB – correct and he still lurks! Helped us out last year with some fundraising, it was good to see him.




  15. The Boy Jinky



    19:10 on 6 January, 2013



    Phone Plod and make an anonymous report that you are known to store offensive football songs on your computer.



    They’ll call round, uplift the device and have an expert crack the password.



    Job’s a good un.



    Unless of course you do actually have offensive football songs, in which case you might end up in prison for five years.

  16. Evening bhoys and ghirls from a very cold hun free mountain.






    Good point about fifa, but they have no will to change the status quo, they have had ample oportunities and done nada.



    The sfa in scotland likewise have done sfa re the sectarian/racial abuse, they call it banter, so maybes the next time there is abuse coming from the stands, maybe our team should walk off it the referee does nothing, use it as a test case so to speak, ramp it up to the sfa, show the world the abuse we have to take in scotland, simply for coming from an Irish, Catholic background.



    I suppose I better not rant too much, or I will be accused of being boring in the extreme again >)




  17. The weegreenman…



    The ‘Missing’ 50 Million….



    Succumbed To Viral Diseases That They Had Not Previously Been Exposed To…



    Such As Smallpox And Measles…..



    Which Killed 8 In 10 Of Those Affected..



    Because They Had No Natural Immunity..



    These Catastrophic Health Disasters In The Americas Came About When The Indigenous Tribes Came Into Contact….



    With The Large Chinese Expeditionary Fleets..



    With A Crew Complement Of Thousands



    With Fowl And Livestock From Their Own Homeland..



    Which Were Sent To Explore The World By The Emperor Of China…..



    Under The Command Of Admiral Zhing…



    And Landed At Various Points Along The Pacific Seaboard Of North And Central America…..



    In The Year Of Our Lord,1421 AD…..



    ( Long Before Columbus Arrived On Cuba In 1491)….



    And Virtually All Flu Pandemics Originate From China…..



    Where The Villagers Live In Intimate Proximity With Their Pigs And Ducks….



    Giving The Opportunity For The Mutating Flu Virus To Jump From Species To Species…..



    And Then Sweep Round The World As A New Virulent Strain….



    And Then Decimate The World Population……



    1917 Flu Pandemic Killed 50M Worlwide



    1969 ‘Hong Kong’ Flu..



    Next.. H1N1 Flu Coming To YOU….



    (More New Cases In China This Very Week)…



    So Don’t Go Blaming Ol’ Whitey……



    My Friend In Tarrant…




  18. Alasdair MacLean.



    there is cheap software out there that will reset the administrator password to anything you want it to be. Once you can login as admin you can change any of the users passwords on the pc.



    You will need to burn the program to a cd then boot up the pc with the cd in the drive. The downside is that you will need a different pc to download and burn the disk.



    Hope that helps.



    Hail Hail

  19. Tim Malone Will Tell on




    I hear what you’re saying but the problem is that FIFA and UEFA’s pathetic anti racism penalties are putting out all the wrong signals.



    The only people who feel strongly enough about this to raise the profile are the players being abused and their team mates. I would applaud any side that walks off and forego’s 3 points to prove the point – and boy, just watch the publicity that will generate.



    As I get older, I realize that dignified silence, waiting for the ‘authorities’ to sort things out, is vastly over rated. People like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy and Nelson Mandela move society forward in huge leaps – sadly often at a huge personal cost – but some form of sacrifice is often necessary.



    In the overall scheme of things, if a few overpaid football players give Blatter a showing up by scarificing 3 points, then I would see that as a step in the right direction.

  20. tttt



    Cheers mate. I think the world of Noel. He was one of, if not the, main reason for getting hooked on CQN.



    I miss him very much.



    Oh and can you e.mail me cos I’ve lost your addy.

  21. Alasdair MacLean on




    Thanks a million – for the hope at least!






    The Boy Jinky – Didyeget that?

  22. Alasdair MacLean



    Lazesoft Recover My Password is free software. Do a Google search for it or get it from



    Hail Hail

  23. Dublin and alisdair



    Thanks for that.. My brothers pretty good with this kinda it stuff but lives in kent ( as opposed to is a kent ) but is due up soon … Hopefully he can sort it for me

  24. Alisdair McLean , The Boy Jinky ,



    this happened with my sons laptop recently.



    what os are you running? He’s running vista .



    I downloaded and burned a cd from ophcrack . loaded it up and ran it . Returned the admin password in less then a minute .



    drop me a note to if you want any more info.




  25. The Boy Jinky and Alasdair



    Glad to help. I haven’t used that particular software but they’re all pretty much the same.


    Good luck!



    Hail Hail

  26. Anybody got a link to that goalie flinging the ball in the net yesterday? I haven’t laughed for a couple of hours, think it was a pub team can’t remember the name.

  27. The exiled Tim : interestingly enough on my way back from 5.45 tonight I tuned into 5 live and Alan Green was 100% behind Kevin prince Boeteng and Milans walk off stance praising the individual the club and the actions to combat racist abuse ! Then I thought would the ulsterman

  28. Alasdair MacLean on

    Sannabhoy / Dublinbhoy,



    Thanks again.


    Nice to know there is somewhere you can turn to for good avice from good people at the drop of a hat.



    Now, see the electrics on my 8 year old Ford Galaxy…….



  29. TSD



    Interesting article. No too familiar with the concept that the Chinese discovered the Americas and spread all the disease. Nor the guy penning it.



    Need to go talk later.

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