LMA chief calls sackings ’embarrassing’

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez was sacked by Everton last week

The 54 managerial sackings in England’s top four divisions is “embarrassing”, says League Managers’ Association chief executive Richard Bevan.

Bevan said the figure was the highest since 2001, with only five of those managers now back in work.

“It’s another very relentless, disappointing and embarrassing season for the sport,” Bevan told BBC Radio Four’s Today Programme.

Twelve managers also resigned and Bevan added: “It’s the worst season ever.”

‘There’s a lot of pressure’

Everton boss Roberto Martinez was sacked last week, while Quique Sanchez Flores is to leave Watford, who finished 13th and reached the FA Cup semi-finals, in the two most recent managerial changes in the Premier League.

“There’s a lot of pressure these days, not only on the managers and the professional practitioners, but also on the owners and executives running the clubs,” said Bevan.

“The need for results, the strive for promotion and relegation – you just need the people running the clubs to take a step back to assess what actually is a successful season for them and to manage the expectation of the fans.”

In the Championship there have been 38 sackings in the past two seasons.

Bevan added: “If you were to sack the most important person in any business every eight to 10 months, what will it do to your brand? What will it do to the market place?

“Obviously it causes instability, significant cost and a lot of problems from our members’ perspective.”

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