Villa boss Martin O’Neill today railed against the sheer lunacy of sacking Sam Allardyce, claiming that things are now so bad in the Premier League that managers have the average life expectancy of a mayfly.
“I sympathise. It’s absolutely crazy. If you were put into a job in the city, the first thing you would ask for is time. It takes a while to gel.
“But with football, it’s absolutely out of hand. It’s so crazy now.When I was a player, managers were getting sacked but they were getting two years in a job. Now it’s two minutes.
“In Sam’s few months at Newcastle he might not have even found out the correct strength of the reserve side. He might have players injured that he doesn’t know much about.
“I know from my experience at Leicester, Celtic and even here. The minute you come in, you’re in charge.
“You don’t get time in football. I’d love to say I have a five-year plan or ideas for the youth team. Have a bit of sense – it just doesn’t happen.”
And with Sam Allardyce joining other managers including Jose Mourinho, Martin Jol and Billy Davies, who were sacked this season, how long will his replacement get to prove himself at St James’?