Sometimes soccer fans are pleasantly surprised when their team outperforms their wildest expectations. However, such events seem to occur all too few and far between. More commonly, the world sees a football team build up their fans' expectations to epic levels before imploding with all the drama of Arsenal in mid-March.
Nowhere has this phenomenon been encapsulated better than on Merseyside in recent times. Everton fans are annually buoyed by the Toffees' stellar run late in the season, only to come crashing back to Earth when they find themselves in a relegation dogfight early next season.
Unwilling to be outdone by their blue rivals even in this dubious honour, Liverpool turned in a glorious nomination in the 2009-10 PFA (Pretty Fake Awards) category of "Outstanding Ridiculous Meltdown." In fact, so dramatic was their implosion that the club considered replacing the liver bird on their crest with the RMS Titanic.
Liverpool jokes (and no, we do not mean Maxi) aside, the first person to feel the wrath of irate fans is usually the manager. It happened (well-deservedly, in our opinion) to Rafa Benitez at Liverpool, it happened to Rafa Benitez at Inter Milan, and in eight months time, it would have happened to Rafa Benitez wherever he goes next.
But what of those managers who receive more than just taunts and jeers (by which we mean the sack) just because they failed to win the Premier League twice in a row? What of those who deserve a managerial role at Real Madrid but are instead forced to rescue relegation fodder like Bolton and Blackburn time and time again?
Join us as we list those managers who—in our humble opinion—are currently punching far below their weight. So friends, Roman, countrymen: lend me your ears...