Category: West Bromwich Albion

Kenny Dalglish’s win ratio of 47.3% was hardly the worst of any Premier League manager, but finishing behind city rivals Everton may have brought about his sacking. (Image | The Tactician Blog)

It was hard not to feel a tremendous sense of schadenfreude when the news came through that Liverpool Football Club had sacked manager Kenny Dalglish. After a year and a half at the helm, owner John Henry clearly decided that winning the Carling Cup wasn’t enough to make up for an eighth place finish in the Premier League. For weeks now, Liverpool-friendly pundits have been talking up the value of success in this competition, widely derided by most observers. The purpose of this aggrandisement is clear: Dalglish stands as one of the Merseyside club’s great heroes, and it is always difficult to acknowledge faults in an individual you hold in high esteem.

Acknowledge they must though. The Reds have spent big in an attempt to assert themselves as genuine top four and possibly title contenders, and they have fallen far short. In modern football it is the manager who perennially takes the blame for failure, and there can be no denying the fact that Liverpool have failed this season.

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Following successful stints with Fulham and West Brom – and earlier international careers managing across Europe – Roy Hodgson was named yesterday as the new England manager (Mirror)

Just one day into his England managerial tenure, then, Roy Hodgson has already received the most damning condemnation possible – public backing from Sven-Goran Eriksson.

The Swede, talking to BBC Sport, spoke of Hodgson’s “huge experience of international football” and expressed his beliefs that the West Brom boss will “do a good job” with the England side.

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Andre Villas-Boas was sacked as Chelsea manager Sunday after a 1-0 away loss to West Brom

Well, the inevitable happened again. Chelsea fired a manager. Big deal.

Andre Villas-Boas has looked ready for the chop since Christmas. The youngest manager in the Premier League, in his third season as a manager, sitting in the hottest seat in world football? Working for the most trigger-happy owner in top-class sport with a record of three wins in 12 games? Fighting a losing battle in seemingly trying coerce a group of veteran superstars into his new-age training and tactical methods? It could never last.

And yet, after casting aside numerous more successful managers without a second blink, that trigger-happy owner didn’t want to fire this one.

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