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The number of league games which Lee Clark’s Huddersfield

went unbeaten between January and November 2011, beating

the record set by Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest in 1977-1978

The average amount of

money spent by supporters

of visiting Champion’s

League teams during their

trips to games against either

Manchester City or United,

according to figures released

by Visit Manchester.

£776

almost £100m spent

on sacking managers

Cost of managerial dismissals places

huge strain on football’s finances

Clubs in the top four divisions of English

football spent in excess of £99m on

changing managers during the 2010/11

season, according to LMA data.

This figure combines the costs incurred

in paying compensation, legal fees and

‘double contracts’ (where one manager’s

contract is honoured for a period after

he’s been replaced by another), but does

not include the cost of fees to agents or

the expense of hiring and firing backroom

staff to work with the new managers.

The traditional ‘sacking season’ begins

in October and carries on until the end

of February; the LMA’s figures show that

25 clubs changed manager in that period

during last season, with more than 100

coaches losing their job in the same period.

The figures for the length of manager

tenure are equally worrying, with the

average tenure of a manager in the npower

Championship now having fallen to

below 12 months. The figures are only

slightly better for the other divisions, with

npower League Two managers lasting, on

average, for 1.33 years, npower League One

enjoying 1.67 years and Barclays Premier

League managers lasting 2.07 years.

Managers who lose their jobs take an

average of 1.63 years to be reemployed,

while almost half first-time managers never

find a second management position.

the

manager

WINTER 2011

asides

with

Mark

hughes

1. WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE A MANAGER?

When the role was thrust upon me after the resignation of the then

Wales manager, Bobby Gould. Myself and Neville Southall were

given the job for one game against Denmark and although we lost I

really enjoyed the experience. I felt that with my playing experience I

could offer something, so I applied for the job and got it.

2. Which manager has influenced you most?

People won’t be surprised that Sir Alex Ferguson is the manager

whose drive, work ethic and presence has influenced me the most.

3. Who’s the best player you’ve WORKED with?

I have been fortunate to work with many great players; Ryan Giggs

and Brad Friedel to name just two. But as a football technician,

Tugay stands comparison with anyone I have worked or played with.

4. What was the best advice you ever received?

Be the best you can be.

5. What’s the best ground you’ve experienced?

As a manager, I’ll never forget the atmosphere that more than

70,000 Welsh fans generated when we beat Italy 2-1 at the

Millennium Stadium in a 2004 European Championship qualifier.

6. Who was your boyhood hero?

I was a Wrexham fan and used to watch the likes of Joey Jones,

Mickey Thomas and Bobby Shinton at the Racecourse Ground.

7. Maradona or Messi?

Messi is the best player in world football and everyone should try to

see him ply his trade live at some point in the near future if they can.

He has a rare talent. Only time will tell if he will be as revered as

Maradona (who I played against when he was at Barcelona) because

he was able to carry his national team almost single-handedly to

World Cup success. For all his talent, Messi currently struggles to

influence the current Argentina team to the same degree.

The former Wales and Manchester

City manager takes our test