Sometimes, and perhaps more often than not, a manager simply needs a bit of time to get things right—to turn things around.
On our Firing Squad list through much of the season, Rayo Vallecano’s Paco Jemez managed to avoid the sack on numerous occasions before orchestrating a turnaround that suddenly has the Madrid outfit not only out of the relegation places but trending upwards in La Liga.
And so, quite appropriately, he no longer features on this inauspicious ranking.
Not that we haven’t been accurate before, of course.
The likes of Thomas Schneider, Bert van Marwijk, Pepe Mel, Rene Meulensteen, Massimiliano Ellegri and Alberto Malesani have all featured in this space at one time or another, and all have since walked the plank.
Following is the latest instalment of the Firing Squad—those managers who could well be next to lose their jobs.
But, as you’ll notice, Jemez is not among them.