Leeds United: Something must be done about Championship sack race – Ritchie

Uwe Rosler.
Uwe Rosler.
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FORMER LEEDS UNITED head coach Uwe Rosler has this week slammed the hiring and firing culture at Elland Road and in the Championship and I have to agree. He has a point.

I do think there really is a sacking culture prevalent and I just don’t think people at Leeds and many clubs understand the word ‘continuity.’

Three or four managers have gone recently in the Championship of course including Chris Powell, who went just before Huddersfield’s game with Leeds last weekend and it didn’t seem to do them any good, did it?

With Gary Bowyer’s departure at Blackburn Rovers earlier this week, he became the eighth managerial casualty of the Championship season and we are still not halfway through November.

I know a managerial window where managers can’t be sacked between certain dates has been mooted by some. I am not sure about that, to be honest.

Although apparently over in Finland and a few other places, clubs have to sort out a manager’s compensation before they can actually sack a manager who has to be paid off before he goes.

Having that system over here might actually be a bit more of a deterrent as it might lead to some clubs thinking twice before they sack managers.

Something like that needs to come in. I think in the Premier League, the compensation issue has to be sorted out in 21 days. But below the Premier, I don’t think there’s anything like that.

Managers should be given more opportunity to get their ethos into a football club, simple as that.

Managing at Championship level is hard enough. It is the hardest league to get out of, no doubt about that for me.

You look at groups of fixtures, like Leeds had at the start of the season and one after another, you think: ‘That’s a tough game and that’s a tough game and that one is and so on.’ It’s relentless. For me, over time, you get the best results with a bit more patience and continuity.

It is badly needed at Leeds. It’s as if every two minutes they are changing the manager and the way the managers want to set up teams and that’s not much good. Footballers are creatures of habit and like things to run smoothly and know what is going on. But at Leeds, you have to learn to be adaptable and change your ways quickly.

Obviously, Steve Evans has got a couple of much-needed wins now ahead of the international break against Huddersfield and Cardiff and is now keen to bring a player or two in before the closure of the emergency loan window later this month, having been linked with the likes of Kyle Lafferty and Liam Bridcutt.

I do think it can be difficult getting real quality players in at this time, especially with the Christmas period coming up, when as a manager, you need as many bodies around as you can muster really for the busy schedule.

It can be difficult to prize people away and clubs can be reluctant at this time of the year. Looking at this part of the season going to the end of the year, it’s a vital time, in terms of results, especially for Leeds, who have got two wins to pull away from trouble and they are now looking upwards.

Steve is on a decent wicket at the minute with a couple of good results. But even so, it’s not one of those situations where he will be able to give the players too much time off over the international break, with him only being in there a matter of weeks and still stamping his personality on the team and needing to drum into them what he demands and expects.

He will want to them to train as much as possible, I’d say and there was obviously the friendly game arranged at Wycombe last night.

Looking at Leeds’ forthcoming games, they have the likes of Rotherham United, who are struggling at the minute and then QPR who are in a bit of transition and may still be manager-less when Leeds play them on November 28.

Both could be against ex-managers in Neil Redfearn and then Neil Warnock, in caretaker charge of QPR at the minute.

Maybe three, with Kevin Blackwell having joined up with Neil at Loftus Road.

Leeds need to get a few more results to really put a tough autumn behind them and with Rotherham and QPR still a bit down, this represents a really good chance for them to do that.

Rotherham are stuck at the bottom and QPR are having a bit of a struggle, and it is up to Leeds to cash in for me.