Spare a thought for the managers out of work

In work: Former Blades manager Micky Adams is back at Port Vale
In work: Former Blades manager Micky Adams is back at Port Vale
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AS we turned into a new year, it set me thinking. How many of our local managers will be in the same job this time next year?

Go back 12 months and of the six managers who led our teams into 2011, only one is doing so in these early days of 2012.

Five of those bosses were shown the door or left and only one of those five is in a hot-seat anywhere just now.

That’s Micky Adams who had just begun his fateful time in charge at Sheffield United. Unable to stop the slide to relegation, Micky was out in May.

The time span for the Wednesday manager 12 months ago was far shorter. He’d only a month left.

Alan Irvine got as far as the beginning of February when his 13-month reign at Hillsborough was ended.

Over at Barnsley, Mark Robins was leading the Reds. He was leaving them at the end of the season.

Ronnie Moore had seen the year open in fine style, his Rotherham United side starting it with a 5-0 trouncing of Port Vale who had just lost Adams.

It was the same scoreline, but the other way round, at Chesterfield that was to signal the end of Ronnie’s second spell with the Millers in March.

Meanwhile, Sean O’Driscoll had seen in his fifth New Year as Donny’s manager. He wasn’t to make a sixth. He was thanked and ousted last September.

It leaves John Sheridan as the only ‘survivor’ from 12 months ago.

The Chesterfield manager led the Spireites to promotion although he enters this year with them precariously placed and facing the prospect of an immediate return to League Two.

So, will Sheridan and the rest of the bosses, Danny Wilson, Gary Megson, Keith Hill, Dean Saunders and Andy Scott, all be in situ this time next year?

What also set me thinking was Sheffield United’s run of eight successive wins which was halted at Carlisle on Monday.

Is this a club record for the Blades? Seems it is!

I spent a merry little hour or two checking back through all the Blades results, season-by-season and, in terms of successive wins, ie in all major competitions (this one was six league and two cup-ties) couldn’t find anything that matches it in all the 120-odd years that United have been kicking a ball.

The difficulty clubs have in stringing together long runs in modern times is that cup defeats often crop up to break such runs.

The closest to it was actually as recent as the 2005/06 promotion season. They won seven on the trot and then, in the Carling Cup next game, got past Shrewsbury on penalties but as it finished as a draw in regulation time, it goes into the record books as a draw.

Purely in terms of successive league wins only, the most I came across was eight, in 1960/61 and also during that 2005/06 campaign

The droll humour of Mark Lawrenson may just have passed unnoticed on radio the other night.

He was summarising at the Man City-Liverpool game on Radio 5. His co-commentator noted that it was chucking it down, the rain was getting heavier and the substitutes were warming up.

Said Lawrenson ... “Yeah, looks like we’re going to get ’em on soon.”

A reference to the subs or an impending MONSOON?