“Champion of England and FIFA manager of the year. Sacked. Keep smiling amico, nobody can delete the history you wrote”, read a post on Jose Mourinho’s Instagram account after reigning English Champions, Leicester City, announced that they have relieved first team boss, Claudio Ranieri, of his duties. This sacking is yet another testament to an era which is increasingly becoming stringent for managers, to the point of being greatly unfair. Not even the grandest kinds of laurels can guarantee security at the top job. The fact that 4 out of the last 5 Premier League winning managers have been sacked is one of the many evidences that lends traction to this statement. The likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger seem highly incongruous in these times. Here’s a look at those managers, who many feel, deserved better for what they had given to their respective clubs:
Harry Redknapp (Tottenham Hotspur):
When Harry Redknapp succeeded Juande Ramos at White Hart Lane in 2008, the club was enduring a dismal time on the pitch – 2 points from 8 games and lying in the relegation zone. Redknapp turned the tide around though, ensuring that Spurs finished in the top half of the table that season. The next year, Spurs qualified for the Champions League for the first time ever, at the end of a tremendous season. Narrowly missing out on the fourth place in the Premier League table and heavy speculation linking the veteran manager with the then vacant post of England coach, saw Redknapp getting the axe in 2012. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, was apparently disappointed with the team’s implosion at the end of the season, and decided to terminate Redknapp’s contract even after the Englishman’s four good seasons at the North London club.