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Gary Neville suggests 'decorum' needed at Leeds United and Watford

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has called for owners to come under more scrutiny.

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has called for football clubs owners to show more restraint, or face sanctions.

A remarkable statistic came to light last night, in the time taken since Aston Villa last scored a goal, Leeds United and Watford have had a combined five managers.

Leeds fired Darko Milanic at the weekend after only six games in charge during a 32-day spell, and are set to make Neil Redfearn permanent head coach.

It will be his second spell in charge this season, and the fourth separate managerial spell at Leeds in 2014/14.

Gary Neville was asked about the constant changes on SkySports Monday Night Football, and called for owners to begin standing by their managers.

He said: "There has to be a level of decorum. They are taking liberties some owners. 

"Let's not forget people who give them the job in first place, they end up sacking them, they should stick by their decisions.

He went onto add that rules should be enforced against such constant changes, adding: "Football needs to protect itself against it."

Neville's own professional career saw him live a sheltered professional life in terms of managerial changes, he only experienced them at international level, playing club football only under Sir Alex Ferguson.

That's a rarity nowadays; since September 1, 18 of 72 clubs in the Football League have made at least one change already this season.

With financial rewards so high, and the same lows causing fear, it's not likely to change any time soon, to the unhappiness of the likes of Neville, the LMA, or even fans.

A transfer window for bosses is one option, but not one that appears to be on the table any time soon, but it may give managers like Darko Milanic time to put things right before being ushered out of the door before they have even got their feet under the table.

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