League Managers' Association CEO 'Embarrassed' By Number Of Recent Firings
The League Managers' Association has described the number of sackings in football this season as "embarrassing," according to the BBC. LMA CEO Richard Bevan said that the number of departures "is at a five-year high," following Blackburn's dismissal of Michael Appleton on Tuesday. In total, 103 managers and coaches have lost their jobs in '12-13. Bevan said, "It's embarrassing for the game that all of those sackings are unfair dismissals. The volatility is undermining the profession. I'm not sure where the arrogance of football comes from that we don't have to behave as any other industry." Four Premier League managers have been sacked this season, but job security further down the Football League "seems even more volatile." In the League Championship, 17 managers have been dismissed, while in Leagues One and Two there have been "a combined total of 26 managerial departures" (BBC, 3/20).