Can’t really disagree with the first part of what you’re saying Baz, 1 win in what, 16 league games? Hardly glowing on the CV. I expect the board already has alternatives they would like to get in, but maybe there are barriers that can’t/won’t be overcome at this present time, and I certainly wouldn’t expect them to come out and declare publicly (although I guess some would appreciate this approach) ‘‘fuck me our manager is shit, but don’t worry we’re getting interviews arranged as we speak’’, as they need to show some kind of public solidarity (whether we beleive it or not is irrelevant) to try and keep a steady ship.
Who knows though, maybe a full and brutally honest approach may be the way forwards? Can’t see it happening myself, those days are long gone with the pressure from sponsors to be associated with nicely run ‘family clubs’.
I’m all for a change in the manager* but I guess I’m a bit of a pragmatist, I can’t think of anyone I’d like to bring in as my scope of footy knowledge pretty much stretches from the Prem to a handful of clubs in the championship, European and World football could be on another planet for all I know about it and the personnel that populate it. I certainly wouldn’t want someone like Hughes to come in.
Not so sure about the theory of keeping him so they don’t have to pay compo, for 2 reasons;
1/ I can’t imagine that his compo would be that expensive (relatively speaking) compared to exiting the PL.
b/ I can’t imagine anyone signing a contract (football especially) that says if you get relegated we can sack you without any kind of payoff, sacking a football manager based purely on bad results is fair do’s from a practical standpoint, but from a legal perspective not so much, as long as they have been turning up on time and fulfilling contractual duties they are executing their terms of employment and to sack them in this situation would require settling their contract or a little visit to the tribunal for unfair dismissal and this is a really long sentence isn’t it.
*I never joined the Puel out campaign as I saw some evidence of tactical awareness and every now and again we played some really good stuff, plus the fact we were never really in danger. Don’t get any of those vibes with Pellegrino sadly.