Unguarded moments led to managers' exits

I imagine if Gary Megson had been appointed as the new manager at Carrow Road this week the locals would have circled the ground with blazing torches demanding for heads to roll amidst predictably ugly scenes.

I imagine if Gary Megson had been appointed as the new manager at Carrow Road this week the locals would have circled the ground with blazing torches demanding for heads to roll amidst predictably ugly scenes.

You could almost hear the jaws drop to the ground amid the stifled giggles as Bolton announced their new man and already the bookmakers are taking bets on how many managers will occupy the hot seat at The Reebok this season.

I should perhaps be careful what I say or risk entering Megson's infamous little red book or “S list” where he kept a list of people who dared criticise him.

However it's usually the press and media who stay while the manager goes through the revolving door and quite often it's the unguarded moments to the reporter that lead to a manager's demise.


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When was it that Jim Duffy seemingly lost the chance to manage Norwich City on a full time basis? Being tarnished with the same brush as Peter Grant? A home defeat to Bristol City? Possibly the first three minutes at Burnley?

Or, I wonder was it his comments to the press referring to a Scotsman known as I M Jolly and telling the press that if they wanted to be I M Jolly they could be. Their job was to make stories and his to manage the team, or in other words you do your job and I will do mine, now go away. Alienate the media at your peril.

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Nigel Worthington said he didn't care what the fans thought moments after a home defeat, a comment made in haste which even left the outstanding Chris Goreham momentarily speechless.

Delia may as well have instructed the maintenance man at Colney to prize the N Worthington sign from the door there and then.

Peter Grant's management started to decay after branding the fans a disgrace. Or was it stating the performance at Portman Road wasn't acceptable, something he churned out on the regularity of a broken record for his entire tenure

Elsewhere, Sammy Lee talked about himself in the third person. His “Sammy Lee will do whatever Sammy Lee thinks best for Bolton Wanderers Football Club” comments could only lead to a speedy exit.

Who will be the real loser when his replacement adds names to his notorious little red book?

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