Bevan expresses concern over sackings
League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan has told ESPNsoccernet he is concerned about the number of managerial sackings in the Premier League.
The departures of Chris Hughton and Sam Allardyce were met with widespread surprise and Bevan feels the likes of Newcastle and Blackburn are doing little to deliver success.
Bevan tells ESPNsoccernet: "In light of the two recent dismissals in the Barclays Premier League, it is important to note that it is not for the LMA to advise clubs how to run their football clubs. What is vital from the LMA viewpoint is that clubs honour their employees' contracts and ensure managers and coaches are treated with the appropriate respect during this difficult time.
"History has shown managers need time to stamp their own imprint on a squad and a club. Reactive dismissals will not deliver long term success on the field and is incredibly destabilising both at the club and to the game.
"The LMA does, however, encourage clubs to examine their business model and manager recruitment strategy as hoping for instant success is usually unrealistic and ends up damaging the club, its fans and is an inappropriate way to treat talented managers.
"Regarding Blackburn Rovers, the football world was angered, saddened and embarrassed for the game by the actions and recent conflicting communication coming from the club. When new owners take over, the manager's position often hangs by a thread and certainly it has been extremely difficult to understand the thinking behind the dismissal.
"Perhaps the most important aspect of any takeover is that the new owners take time before making such potentially harmful decisions, to understand and appreciate how the club operates, its tradition, history and the importance of the club to the community. The football industry in the UK needs to take a long, hard look at where we want the game to be in three, five and ten years' time and act accordingly."
However, he is opposed to plans to introduce a transfer window for managers, in line with the system that currently operates for players.
"A transfer window for managers has been suggested to help deal with this matter," Bevan said. "This does need debate but would probably have the opposite effect and create further turmoil. Indeed the window for players needs removing and has a destabilizing effect. The real focus should be good governance and providing a stable framework for managers to work in."
Bevan also believes the body has a prominent role to play in the future governance of the game. He added: "It is the intention of the LMA to continue to communicate and work closely with Government and the football family to help move the game forward both on and off the pitch.
"The LMA recently met with the sports minister to explain how the LMA is to play its full part in moulding the future development of football. Working alongside the FA, Premier League, Football League and the Professional Footballers' Association, the LMA will strive to improve governance and the structure of the functions within it, with a view to operating in a more efficient and transparent manner."