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Do owners of Prem Clubs know what they are doing?

'After just seven months of the Al-Hasawi's tenure a third manager has been sacked.

Alex McLeish, after 41 days and seven games at the City Ground helm, manager Alex McLeish gave his notice of resignation, stating 'a difference in the understanding of the development strategy'. For that, we can read that he felt his bosses had left him in the lurch somewhat, particularly over their stance on transfers' 'The American owners of Manchester United pocketed 75million as Manchester nited was floated on Wall Street. Co-chairmen Avram and Joel Glazer added to their fortune as Man Utd sold millions of shares to new investors on the New York Stock Exchange. The float raised 150million and the Glazers took 75 million, with the other half going to cut the club's debts of more than 423million.

The way the cash was split enraged the fans. After costs, only around 65million came off the club's debts. For fans, there aren't equal rights in shares, they only get a tenth of a vote so the Glazers retain power. No dividend is paid, so it doesn't appeal to investors. 'The Glazers are using Manchester United as a cash cow and this flotation is milking time. They're sucking the life force out of the club' said the supporters.

Blackburn's owners invited suspicion and ridicule as they revealed their reasons for sacking manager Sam Allardyce. Chairman John Williams and managing director Tom Finn stopped short of quitting and sending the club into meltdown over the controversial decision by Indian chicken farmers Venky's to end Allardyce's two-year reign. But there was a sense of bewilderment as the new owners began their search for a replacement and said the new man will be expected to put the club in contention for a Champions League place. Steve Kean is appointed as caretaker Manager. Steve Kean says he has been 'forced to resign' as manager of Championship side Blackburn Rovers. The Scot, 44, has left with immediate effect, saying his position had become 'untenable', and assistant boss Eric Black will now take charge of the team.

Chelsea sack Di Matteo. Chelsea's statement read: 'Chelsea football club has parted company this morning with manager Roberto Di Matteo. The team's recent performances and results have not been good enough and the owner and the board felt that a change was necessary now to keep the club moving in the right direction as we head into a vitally important part of the season.

Martin Jol has been sacked as manager of Spurs after three years in the job. Reports swept around White Hart Lane as Jol presided over Tottenham's 2-1 Uefa Cup defeat by Getafe, but the club only confirmed the news after the match. 'Tottenham Hotspur have appointed former Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp as their new manager after sacking Juande Ramos late on Saturday night' Tottenham also axed sporting director Damien Comolli and first-team coaches Gus Poyet and Marcos Alvarez following their worst start to a season.

When you lump all the headlines together it doesn't make much sense or very good reading. In fact the new foreign owners that have recently arrived to take over some of our most famous clubs appear to have completely no understanding of the game. It seems that no one at Board level in any football club can be really trusted and you have to feel that, after yet another transfer window going by without any marquee signing for Spurs, that AVB has been left to manage a one legged arse kicking competition.

The way in which our Board dealt with Martin Jol, Ramos and then Harry you have to wonder what AVB has to do to stay in his job, what are Levy's expectations of AVB? Should owners of Football clubs have at least a Footballer on the Board or should a Board be more remote from the day to day running of a Football club and would the last high profile sackings and appointments have been better handled by a DOF who would sit between the Board and the day to day Management?

Written by OyVeh Maria




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Date:Thursday February 7 2013

Time: 5:54PM

 

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