Forget about ‘Eastenders’ and don’t even mention ‘Coronation Street’, the world of football has become the biggest soap opera in the land.
Some of the twists and turns in modern football are so incredulous that it makes what happens on shows like ‘Emmerdale’, ‘Hollyoaks’ and ‘Fair City’ seem plausible.
There’s no longer any integrity left in football and success is available to buy to the highest bidder.
Liverpool sacked manager, Brendan Rodgers, at the weekend and Dick Advocaat resigned as manager of Sunderland.
I understand that some football fans were glad to see the back of both managers but this infinite managerial roundabout has turned football into a sport abounding in logic and practicality into the modern day soap opera.
Carnlough born, Rodgers, took Liverpool to within touching distance of winning the English Premier League in the 2013/14 season but less than two years later and the union is no more.
It’s important to note that since 2013/14, Liverpool sold world class striker, Luis Suarez to Barcelona, Raheem Sterling to Manchester City and long term captain and talisman, Steven Gerrard, packed his bags to go and play football in America while talented goalkeeper, Pepe Reina, joined Bayern Munich.
At the start of this season, Liverpool were without two of their most influential players Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge.
Rodgers did however spend more than £20m on Roberto Fermino and £32.5m on Belgian striker, Christian Benteke (who is also currently injured),
Liverpool’s temptation to sell their best players to the highest bidder, injuries and football fans expecting the impossible was to be Rodgers’ downfall. As they say in Derry, he was on a hiding to nothing!
Football has become infected by the idea that money can buy success. Money can certainly help but it does not guarantee trophies and European football.
The most important component to success in football is stability.
This idea that a manager should be sacked after a few bad results is not only utterly ridiculous but it compounds the issue.
Arsenal might not have won as many league titles in recent years as their London and Manchester counterparts but they epitomise stability.
Instant success is a myth, a fallacy, it doesn’t exist and those who put faith into it as a concept are only damaging the club they claim to supportAndrew Quinn - Only A Game? columnist
Manager Arsene Wenger has only recently started to spend £30m and £40m on individual players. Spending a lot of money on a player should be used to devalue a club’s integrity, it’s simply the way the modern game has evolved. However, what is important is achieving a balance between the big money signings and the rough diamonds.
Brendan Rodgers obviously had his own vision for what direction he would like to take Liverpool in over the next few seasons but he didn’t get that chance because of his perceived failure to deliver instant success.
Instant success is a myth, a fallacy, it doesn’t exist and those who put faith into it as a concept are only damaging the club they claim to support.
Managers should be given much more time to rebuild teams. A six year contract, (excepting extreme circumstances) should mean a six year contract, otherwise, what’s the point?
‘Eastenders’ and ‘Coronation Street’ have never been my cup of tea so any Liverpool fan who thinks that what happened to Brendan Rodgers, is a positive thing is seriously misguided. Stability, not drama and fireworks, is the only route to success.
Andrew Quinn is a news journalist with ‘The Derry Journal’. He has also reported on soccer, GAA, rugby and other sports for ‘The Sunday Journal’.