West Ham boss has sympathy for lower league counterparts

10:13 24 November 2012

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce in the dugout. Picture: PA Wire

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce in the dugout. Picture: PA Wire

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes that lower league managers are given less time to turn things around than those in the Premier League.

Manager departures 2012/13 season

August 24 - Andy Thorn (Coventry)

August 28 - John Sheridan (Chesterfield)

September 19 - Terry Brown (AFC Wimbledon)

September 22 - Gary Waddock (Wycombe)

September 24 - John Ward (Colchester)

September 28 - Steve Kean (Blackburn)

October 3 - Paul Groves (Bournemouth)

October 9 - Owen Coyle (Bolton)

October 12 - Eddie Howe (Burnley)*

October 23 - Dougie Freedman (Crystal Palace)*

October 24 - Neale Cooper (Hartlepool)

October 24 - Paul Jewell (Ipswich)

October 26 - Paul Cook (Accrington)*

October 29 - Alan Knill (Scunthorpe)

November 3 - Ian Holloway (Blackpool)*

November 7 - Michael Appleton (Portsmouth)*

November 21 - Roberto Di Matteo (Chelsea)

November 23 - Mark Hughes (QPR)

*Was appointed by another club

The Premier League sack race claimed its first victims of the season in Roberto Di Matteo and Mark Hughes.

But before then, 16 clubs in the Football League have had to look for a new manager, with most of them coming off the back of a sacking.

The first managerial departure of the season came at Coventry City as Andy Thorn lost his job just before the end of August.

And the West Ham boss said: “You unfortunately find in the lower leagues it gets done more often than it does up here.

“And sometimes, to be perfectly honest with you, I feel more for the lads down there than I do for us up here.”

Allardyce found hit difficult to have sympathy for the axed Di Matteo, because his stock has risen after winning the FA Cup and Champions League during his six months at Chelsea.

And he believes that the Italian will return to work in the top division sooner rather than later.

“Because certainly, as difficult as it is for Roberto, you know he’s racked up his CV and racked up his credibility now,” he said.

“So prior to him getting the job at Chelsea, was he going to get another job in the Premier League based on the fact that he had gone and taken West Brom up and was bitter about getting sacked at that particular point?

“How damaging was that for him? Was anybody else in the Premier League, now this one (Chelsea sack) is not very nice, it’s difficult to take but his stock has risen.”

Pay in the lower divisions is much lower than that of the Premier League and managers who have a difficult experience find it hard to return to management in the league and Allardyce called for development in this area.

“Like I said we’ve got to talk about the lack of development in this country,” Allardyce said.

“You’ve got a lack of development in two areas. One young managers and coaches, we haven’t got enough working throughout this country to develop young players.

“And two is managers who are trying to make their way through the lower leagues to get to the top league.

“If they fall by the wayside in their first job it’s very rare that they actually get another one. Some really good young talent falls foul to the system we have.”


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