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The Natalie Quirk Column: Who would want to be a National League manager?

With six managers out already this season it is all change in the National League.

FOOTBALL 12/10/17 13:34
Kevin Nicholson
Natalie Quirk Column

Another week, another managerial casualty in the National League.

Six clubs have seen a change in coach so far, with four bosses handed their P45, and we are not even a third of the way into the season.

Compare that to seven departures in the whole of the Football League.

Even that latter figure is seven times higher than at this stage last year, when every boss in the top four divisions had managed to hold on to their seat for the first two months.

The same couldn't be said for the fifth tier, when we had already waved goodbye to Chris Todd at Eastleigh and Gary Brabin at Tranmere. Two departures I considered to be pretty harsh at the time.

The Spitfires were only four games into the season when Todd was shown the door, while Brabin was still polishing his manager of the month award when he was moved on, despite Rovers sitting four points off the top.

It is the cut throat nature of the industry now, but are clubs too hasty? Are managers given enough time and resources to deliver? Or is it better to act quickly? How many have been the right decision? And how much responsibility should the players take?

Take Leyton Orient for example, who have seen 10 managers in three years. Have they benefitted from the chaos?

The fact is, it is a results business and it’s not just about success on the field these days. In that respect it is like most other jobs, except perhaps the wage packet and the neighbours are less likely to know your employment status.

I believe Leroy Rosenior still holds the record for the shortest spell as a manager. It was a position he held at Torquay for ten minutes following a club takeover. And 10 years later, it’s Kevin Nicholson who won this season's 'sack race' when he was also fired from the dugout at Plainmoor just 12 days into the new season, equalling Todd's record last year.

Since then, the other three occupants of the relegation places – Chester, Guiseley and Solihull Moors – have changed their leader, whilst struggling Barrow and Gateshead have also had to recruit this season.

I can hear the fans on the terraces asking 'who is next?'

Managers know now that most are under pressure from the minute they sign on. Bookies even make money out of it. Some will thrive on that and others will struggle to manage again once they've had their marching orders.

Time will tell if we see a rise in sackings this season. Its swings and roundabouts and, without question, more will join the managerial merry-go-round before the end of May.

Who would be a manager eh?!

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