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alan Irvine believes that he and all managers face a race against time in a bid to keep their jobs.

The Owls boss feels that the impatience shown by many clubs towards their bosses - there have been 23 departures already this season - is a symptom of today’s “instant society”.

Irvine appreciates the support shown by new owner Milan Mandaric but knows that he too could pay the price if he does not deliver results quickly enough.

He compares today’s English football scenario to 1990 when Alex Ferguson - who has now served for 24 years - was regarded as being close to being sacked by Manchester United after three relatively lean years and seven games without a win.

“If that had happened nowadays, he wouldn’t have been allowed that extra time; that would have been a very bad decision for Manchester United,” he said

He cites Arsene Wenger and David Moyes as other rare long-servers and says a higher turnover is the “name of the game”.

“But all you’re going to do is go from one problem to another, probably, because a new manager will have his own ideas and try to change things around quickly; before you know it, that can be very expensive and not necessarily productive. Chang-

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