Swanny’s World Of Sport: ‘Hire-em, fire-em’ has to stop

Former Posh boss 'Gary Johnson.
Former Posh boss 'Gary Johnson.
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It’s a big couple of weeks ahead for Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony.

I agree with him when he says he has shown continued commitment to the club by dismissing manager Dave Robertson just nine games into a season, but if he wants to avoid a reputation as a ‘hire-em, fire-em’ chairman he needs to get his next appointment spot on.

This will be his seventh attempt and he’s only installed two successful bosses - and they were both called Darren Ferguson. Ignoring Ferguson’s relatively lengthy spells in charge and the average lifespan of a MacAnthony manager is just 138 days.

And that figure is boosted by the reigns of Gary Johnson and Robertson covering summer months when no games are played!

MacAnthony has taken punts on Mark Cooper (to be fair he has blossomed into a fine League One manager) and Robertson (to be honest I doubt he will ever blossom into a fine Football League manager) and tried to arrest Jim Gannon’s slide to obscurity.

He also made what looked like a solid choice in Johnson, but his failure to get to the top of League One with a squad full of gifted players ended that relationship.

Personally I hope he finds a way of rescuing Steve Evans from the bottom of the Championship with Rotherham.

The current squad isn’t blessed with much quality so a disciplined ‘in-yer-face’ approach might be the way forward, initially at least. Evans’ promotion-winning record also commands respect.

MacAnthony was undoubtedly right to end Robertson’s reign so quickly though. This was an appointment that should never have been made in the first place as there were signs towards the end of last season that the manager was out of his depth.

My sympathy for Robertson is lessened by his bullish behaviour in the summer.

His self-confidence was never matched by his own performances with the media or, far more importantly, by the performance of his team on the pitch.

Fair play to Robertson for quickly fronting up after his sacking though. When Ferguson left (for the final time hopefully) it was two months before he uttered a word in public.

However it was strange of Robertson to imply, as he did in his exit interview, that MacAnthony was put under pressure by the braying mob on Twitter. I doubt that MacAnthony has ever been swayed by anything other than his own gut feelings.

I hope so anyway as Twitter is no place for sensitive souls. It’s a depressing place inhabited by trolls and evil fools.

It’s certainly no place for struggling football folk.

Quite wisely Ferguson used to tell his players not to read the papers when they were struggling. They were never likely to find anything positive during the tough times.

It’s not unusual for the mainstream media to cop some flak though. They do after all keep printing the results.