In football, it’s an unargued truism that managers deserve loyalty, that the best course of action is to back the man in charge.
But what if the man in charge has spent over a year in charge with no definite sign of forward progress (Martin O’Neill) and there’s a danger of relegation. Should he be allowed more time?
When a boss who’s got a good reputation as a coach, but hasn’t done much as a manager, and is taking the team down the table (Michael Appleton), should they be persisted with? Even when the former caretaker manager had a better record, and is still on staff?
I wrote about this dilemma on Friday for Bornoffside.
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