SAF: Tough for young managers

The United boss said the precarious nature of the job plus dealing
with celebrity players and trigger-happy chairmen made it a
different occupation to when he started. Ferguson, 69, who was
named as the League Managers’ Association (LMA) manager of the
season on Monday night, said: “I’m glad I’m not coming into the
game nowadays. It’s full of difficult situations – handling the
media is difficult, then you have to deal with the players’
profiles and agents, and there are different types of chairmen to
when I started. “I think it’s often a knee-jerk reaction to sack
managers – their performances are assessed very, very quickly and
that’s a big, big challenge in the game. Some young managers suffer
because of that, and that’s something the LMA are trying to
improve. “More than ever, management is a precarious industry. I
say to all young players that the first thing they need is a good
chairman. “There has been a lot of unusual sackings lately which
I’ve found hard to understand. “Roberto di Matteo was probably one
of the most surprising of the season because West Brom were playing
arguably some of the most attractive football in the Barclays
Premier League and scoring goals. “The threat of them going down
was probably why Roberto lost his job. But I would rather watch a
team playing the right way, whether they went down or not.” After
receiving his LMA award, Ferguson offered his support to sacked
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, and then sympathised with those
managers who had suffered relegation. “To the managers who had the
terrible disappointment of going down – sometimes as a manager you
don’t get the rewards you deserve,” added Ferguson. “Blackpool
played a fantastic game and gave something to the Premier League,
we will always remember how they played with abandon, enjoying it
and always playing attacking football. “I’ve already thanked Ian
Holloway for his contribution to the game this year. “Fortunately I
have no worries about Alex McLeish – I have known him since he was
a kid and he will be back alright. He’s used to dealing with
adversity and he will do so again.”