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Sack Him or Trust Him

Sack Him Or Trust Him


Like many other City fans, I was punching the air at the Middlesbrough result. The win also eased my anxiety about Stuart Pearce, although I have to say that I am still not fully convinced of his ability. And let's face it, the choice has still to be made between sacking Stuart and trusting him, and the consequences of getting this decision wrong are devastating. Nevertheless, the choice will have to be made by Mr. Wardle and his directors, and it has to be made soon.


The likelihood is that a new manager would initially inspire the team and so give a boost to performance. Though this is usually a short-lived thing, after which the team's performance declines. But perhaps an initial inspiration and boost is all that the team needs to pick up enough points for safety. A new manager might bring other problems. He will want a contract for a few seasons and a good salary, and if he turns out to be a failure and is sacked before his contract expires, City will have to pay up with money it might have used to buy players.


The financial consequences of relegation to the Championship have always been severe, but they are now made much more severe by the Premiership's negotiation of the new 625 million TV deal. In the deal, the winner of the Premiership will now net 50 million (30 million last season), while the team even finishing bottom will net about 26 million. Other clubs will receive greater merit payments in proportion to their final league position.


A further consequence of relegation could be the loss of the American interest in Manchester City. This interest in City is something I find difficult to separate from the building of the new Super Casino at Sportcity. What a disappointment it would be to lose the Americans, when some of the people that might be involved in a takeover could put Roman Abramovich in the shade. Take for example Sheldon Adelson, son of a Boston cabdriver, he borrowed $200 from his uncle to sell newspapers at the age of 12, his net worth now is $20.5 billion. He bought the old Sands casino for $128 million, demolished it and built in its place the $1.5 billion Venetian casino resort and Sands Convention Centre. In doing so he changed the way Las Vegas does business, by taking the emphasis off gambling and attracting conventioneers to the city mid-week. What a chairman he might make! The Evil Empire would be shaking in its red overdrafts.


John Wardle and his directors have the decision to make about Stuart's future, a decision that will take a lot of courage and careful thought. I believe that for any kind of a win or draw at Newcastle, whether good, bad or indifferent, Stuart must be given the chance to continue. On the other hand, if the worst happens, and Mr. Wardle and the directors are confident they have a better man ready to step in, then sadly, Stuart should go.

Clear Sky




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Writer: Andy Leggott Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 24 2007

Time: 12:08PM

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At last a very sensible article about the pro's and con's of the managerial situation. We have seen in the past changes made for changes sake with disaterous consequences. As you say unless the board can come up with a suitable replacement, although I think this would be nigh impossible with the present Club constraints on spending. This being the case I say stick by Stuart and give him the backing he deserves.
alphieblues
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24/03/2007 14:30:00

You know my position Alphie. What has SP done that deserves us backing him? The club remains in a worse position (team, finance, backroom, scouting, league position, average attendance etc) than when KK left. Just what has Pearce achieved that warrants support? Avoidance of mistakes made in the past are pretty much irrelevant when you put the wrong man in charge. Good article all the same.
mcfcandy
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24/03/2007 18:35:00

Cracking article, Clear Sky! I'd say now that only a drubbing at Newcastle would see Pearce sacked before the end of the season. If we can ensure safety which is still by no means guaranteed, then a takeover could certainly happen and I would be surprised if anybody pumping money into the club would keep a manager with such an appalling record. IMHO, Only an unbeaten run to the end of the season and some sound wins will see a surge of support to keep SP. The FA have a door open for him and he has already said it should be a full time job.
Johnny Baguette
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24/03/2007 20:28:00

I don't know your position Andy who would you have take his place ??
alphieblues
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24/03/2007 20:37:00

There are many managers with better records who would jump at the chance to manage at Eastlands. What gets me with the Pearce stays brigade is the only basis for keeping him is based on City's previous history with managers, not on his ability as a manager which to date is ***** poor with both Forest and City.
mcfcandy
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24/03/2007 21:16:00

And given the opportunity to interview the candidates I would choose someone with experience.
mcfcandy
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24/03/2007 21:17:00

Like who ??
alphieblues
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24/03/2007 21:52:00

Us that speculate will never be given access to applicants so we don't know who is interested ..... and rightly so. You tell me Alphie ...... what qualities has SP shown that supports his claim to manage a Premiership side? You enjoying the ****e this season. Seeing something the majority don't?
mcfcandy
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24/03/2007 22:21:00

Alphie! Answer the *****ing questions. Is Sp the man to lead MCFC and if so why? What has he done for this c;ub in 2 years?
31 years
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24/03/2007 22:35:00

I know many fans would like to see Sam Allardyce as manager however it is worth remembering that SP has achieved more in his first two years at City than Allardyce did in his first two years at Bolton.
alphieblues
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25/03/2007 00:11:00

Provided we don't actually get relegated this season (and I'm pretty sure we won't), I'd like to see SP given the summer transfer window and another half season to sort things out. I agree he's made mistakes this season, especially in the transfer market maybe, but with our limited budget it must be hard to find players that will take the squad forwards. He's new to management though and I just have a gut feeling that he'll mature into a quality manager one day. I'd like it to be at City... but it probably won't, and we'll probably be kicking ourselves 5 or 10 years down the line. But... I can't really fault anyone for pointing to his record so far and saying he should go (and he'd prob hold his hand up and say the same thing).
Chillum
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25/03/2007 00:49:00

pearce has done a very good job keep him
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