Who’s in charge here?

Michael Appleton wasn't in the hot seat at Ewood Park for very long.
Michael Appleton wasn't in the hot seat at Ewood Park for very long.

The managerial merry-go-round doesn’t spin quite so quickly in the non-league fairground.

Once-upon-a-time, football managers were viewed with the same reverence as bank managers. Nowadays, they’re viewed with the same reverence as bank managers.

New bosses at Blackburn have been appearing so often that the biggest growth industry in the town is probably office door signs.

Michael Appleton has had more clubs than Jack Nicklaus this season as the Venky’s family struggle through their ‘transitional period’, which is presumably the one between the Premier League and League One.

Other gaffers like Nigel Adkins and Brian McDermott were dismissed less than a year after guiding their clubs to the promised land, while Roberto Di Matteo was sacked for only managing to win the Champions League and the FA Cup at Chelsea last term.

Managers seem to have become more disposable than players nowadays, which is a dangerous precedent to establish in the game.

However, at non-league level, a semblance of common sense still prevails that is conspicuous by its absence in the circus of the top flight.

Neil Aspin, who was appointed in July 2009, is the fourth longest-serving manager in the league.

Of the 22 managers in the Blue Square North, only two of them were appointed this year.

And, of the teams in the top half of the table, only one, Dennis Greene at 11th-placed Boston, was given the job after November 2011.

There might be lesson to be learned by Premier League chairmen from their non-league counterparts about giving managers the time they need for the ink to dry on their contract, never mind assess a squad and mould it into their own image.

Perhaps the trigger-happy chairman desperate to prolong or produce their shot at the big time should heed it, hold fire and give that manager another spin before putting him on the merry-go-round.

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