James, unfortunately as pointed out this position had been coming for the last 18 months to 2 years, I saw it coming under Gobo as did others. While I understand your point about stability, I’m not sure sticking with them for stability would have had us much better off than we are now. Performance levels since macc away had been awful under Paul and Wayne. Ok we scraped a result here and there, but it was a god awful watch with very little to cheer about. After a very good first half of last season, we managed to stay up by the skin of our teeth, that’s the point Paul and Wayne should have departed whether asked to leave or left of their own free will. We’d had stability for years under them, but they just didn’t have what it took to recruit at this level, the signs were there 2 summers ago and then last summer slammed that home for those who couldn’t see the poor state of the squad already. Sure we lost key player, but it’s the managements job and responsibility to replace those players and they didn’t. As far as I’m concerned and this is my opinion, the board failed to act and gave Paul and Wayne far too much respect and time and if the club falls into the midlands league, that’s on the board (prior to this years AGM) The players need to stand up and be counted too, far too many of them playing with no passion, they may not have any confidence but that doesn’t stop you playing your heart out. If they can’t be arsed to play for the badge, show them the door.“Change is inevitable and especially in football…”
Change can also be massively disruptive, and expensive, particularly if not handled well. And football certainly isn’t an industry that ought to be held up as a shining beacon as how organisations and companies should be managed - indeed, I’d argue that the reverse is true.
The better companies are those that have a high degree of stability but retain the ability to continuously improve and innovate by means of evolution as opposed to revolution.
And that’s true when it comes to football. Arsenal under Wenger and now Arteta, United under Ferguson, Liverpool under Klopp, Crewe under Gradi, Harrogate under Weaver, City under Pep, Burnley under Dyche.
Contrast this with Chelski, United since Ferguson, Everton and literally dozens of other clubs who hire and fire managers seemingly with the changes of the seasons