Still: It’s not the same as it was!
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE boss John Still has hit out at the insecurity surrounding manager s in the current game after Luiz Felipe Scolari and Tony Adams were sacked this week, writes MIKE SIMMONDS. Both Chelsea and Portsmouth opted to take such drastic actio
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE boss John Still has hit out at the insecurity surrounding manager's in the current game after Luiz Felipe Scolari and Tony Adams were sacked this week, writes MIKE SIMMONDS.
Both Chelsea and Portsmouth opted to take such drastic action, despite both managers only being in charge of their clubs for a combined total of 58 games.
Still admitted that if he wasn't head honcho at Victoria Road, he wouldn't consider a career in football nowadays.
"I think the game has changed so much, I'm 58 now and before I managed full time, I had a proper job and if I'm honest, I would never give it up," admitted Still.
"Nowadays, chairman and directors sack you, supporters sack you and the media sack you, the demands on managers at all levels are unrealistic.
"The banners were out for Scolari on Saturday, but he's a World Cup winner, so he can't be useless.
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"Success is different for all clubs, but success for Chelsea, Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool is the Champions League and challenging for the title.
"Only one team can win the league, so does that mean that three managers are going to get sacked every year?
"What really impresses me is Man United and Arsenal, they didn't sack Ferguson or Wenger when they didn't win the league.
"Chelsea seem to sack a manager when they can't win it and to me that is nonsense, I just can't understand it."
Still, (pictured above) also spared a thought for the younger managers as, with football such a results-based industry these days, they aren't getting the time to learn their craft.
"I think a young manager coming into today's game has got next to no chance," he said.
"People who employ them know they are inexperienced, but they need to give them some time, or not employ them in the first place, it's crazy!"
Still will complete five years in charge at Victoria Road on April 17, and is currently the eighth longest-serving manager in the Football League, something he reflects on proudly.
"This club knows me," he smiled.
"When I first came here, I told them how difficult it would be at first, but we could make it better over a period of time.
"The expectation level was to stay in the Conference and nothing has changed since then as we haven't got any more money or supporters!