Discussion: Managerial Merry-Go-'Round in the English Game

Ryan LynchCorrespondent IIApril 8, 2008

Although the managerial merry-go-'round in the English game has slowed significantly over the past few months, followers of the Premier League have certainly seen quite the turnover at the head of their clubs during this season.

And then, of course, the axe still hovers over several other managers.

But just how many managers have actually been given the sack or left their positions since the end of last season?

And were their firings legitimate and supported by the majority of fans?

At the top of the table, Stamford Bridge headline—maker Jose Mourinho left the club by "mutual consent" in September.

A sub-par end to last season left Manchester City's Stuart Pearce out in the cold. Newcastle continued their quick-fire removal by axing Sam Allardyce in January.

And then there was Billy Davies at Derby, Lawrie Sanchez at Fulham, Paul Jewell at Wigan, Martin Jol at Tottenham, Steve Bruce at Birmingham, Sammy Lee at Bolton...

And then, there is the constant speculation over others. Will Rafa Benitez and Avram Grant start next season at their respective clubs?

How long will Gary Megson and Roy Hodgson last if they fail to save their clubs from relegation? (Tough job there, mates!)

What about Gareth Southgate—how long will the Middlesbrough board and supporters stand by as their club continue their slope down the table since Steve McClaren's exit?

Nine managers have turned over since the end of last season. And that isn't even including Sam Allardyce's exit from Bolton before the last game of last season.

What does this signal for the English game, and for world football itself?

Is this simply the fallout from the high expectations and huge risks that come with managing a Premiership side presently?

Is this something that will continue?

Weigh-in with your perspective!