Karren Brady comments on managerial changes at Leeds and Blackburn

Karren Brady

West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady criticises the managerial changes at Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United over the past few years.

West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has criticised the managerial changes at Championship clubs Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United in her football diary in The Sun.

Both Blackburn and Leeds have changed their managers this season, continuing the trend over the past few years.

Former Norwich City and Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert was recently handed the Rovers job, while Steve Evans replaced Uwe Rosler at Elland Road last month.

West Ham vice-chairman Brady does not seem to be a fan of such managerial changes and has written in her football diary in The Sun (Monday, November 16 entry): “Paul Lambert starts a new job as Blackburn manager, their seventh in as many years. Compared with Leeds, this is a model of stability.”

In years gone by, the Hammers have also sacked managers, but Brady has pointed out that their record is not as bad as some of the other clubs’.

“Our record at West Ham is not brilliant and yet at 17 all-time we still have the best in English football,” wrote the 46-year-old.

“Too often sacking a manager is an act of panic and while this may work sometimes (Sunderland) the longer term vision for the club must not be forgotten,” added Brady.

Managerial changes are quite frequent in the Premier League and the Championship.

A run of four or five games without a win, and the manager loses his job. This is certainly harsh and does not always have a positive effect.

True, club owners do make mistakes by appointing the wrong man to take the team forward, but more often than not they sack their managers without thinking of long-term consequences.

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