The Doc’s Prescription - Mickey Marley’s Magic Roundabout

Sven Goran ERIKSSON - 30.05.2010 - Cote d'Ivoire / Paraguay - Match de preparation Coupe du Monde - Evian'Photo : Jean Paul Thomas / Thomas Pictures / Icon Sport

Sven Goran ERIKSSON - 30.05.2010 - Cote d'Ivoire / Paraguay - Match de preparation Coupe du Monde - Evian'Photo : Jean Paul Thomas / Thomas Pictures / Icon Sport

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MICKEY Marley’s roundabout wasn’t just any old roundabout, it was magic because once you were on, you couldn’t get off it. In fact you were there for life!

It’s a bit similar to managers at the top clubs who can fail, sometimes spectacularly, and still find another club offering them a top job.

The latest example, of course, is Alex McLeish who managed to get Birmingham relegated twice yet ended up with a top job at Aston Villa at double his previous salary!

The latest manager to get the sack is our old friend, Sven Goran Eriksson, who was moved out of his £1 million per year post at Leicester only last week.

Ironically this happened just hours after Eriksson had told his squad of players - who were so poor in their 3-0 defeat at Millwall - that if he was the club owner he would sack the manager!

Perhaps the club’s Thai owners were listening outside the door because they took the Swede’s advice and sacked him (with a £1 m. golden handshake).

Within hours of his sacking at Filbert Street, Eriksson’s name was being linked with Blackburn where current manager, Steve Kean is under pressure.

Of course, the roundabout wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Martin O’Neill who seems to be linked with every vacant management seat that comes around.

The Kilrea man has been linked with the vacant Leicester job but I can only see Martin returning to the fold if a big Premiership post becomes available.

Where else can you get a job, fail at it, get a huge pay-off and be almost certain of getting another position?

Meanwhile, it’s all aboard for another spin on Marley’s Magic Roundabout.

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