3 get the tin-tack
In what must be some sort of record three Championship managers were sacked within a 24-hour period starting with David Flitcroft and ending with Owen Coyle with Dave Jones in the middle. Just for good measure Fulham also put Martin Jol out of his misery.
Welcome to the silly season as chairmen everywhere with Christmas and the window looming write to Santa asking for new managers, but sadly they themselves haven’t been good throughout the year.
Flitcroft has had about the same financial muscle as Powell, whereas Jones seemingly signed a new player every week but had long since lost the crowd at Hillsborough. The strange one though is Coyle.
Dave Whelan, known for his loyalty, took his time over the appointment and then gave the likeable Scotsman £12million to spend in the transfer market. Only on Friday did Coyle add the highly rated Michael Keane to his squad.
Wigan, like other relegated clubs are in a rebuild phase, and Coyle has had to contend with the exhausting Thursday night marathons of the Europa Cup. Six points from the play-off’s with a game in hand. Crazy.
Our owners don’t have their eyes on the ball, and probably now they will turn any decision on Powell onto new owners. They do deserve credit for not pulling the trigger, even though they have provided little or no financial support, at least in comparison to our peers. The difference in all of this, is what reaction sacking Powell would give. Wigan fans called for Coyle’s head this afternoon, Wednesday fans have been doing the same, but for weeks. Barnsley fans I suspect were not surprised when they got home last night from the game to hear of Flitcroft’s demise.
The vast majority of Charlton fans have backed and continue to support Powell 100%. Sacking him would not provide hope or relief, it would provide anger and dismay. Slater and Jimenez don’t need the press, in fact they don’t like any press.