OVER the festive period we have seen quite a few soccer managers make their exits and Frank Lampard informed he isn’t wanted now at Chelsea.
Pleased as punch he scored two at Everton to rock ‘em back on their heels.
The biggest shock was Sean O’Driscoll’s departure at Nottingham Forest after just four months and after stuffing Leeds Utd 4-2 at that.
All I can say the Kuwaiti management must have a good solicitor for the Wolverhampton-born O’Driscoll will, unless settled out of court, ensure he gets his full and final settlement. He certainly gave Doncaster Rovers a tough time after he was shown the door last autumn.
Sean knows his football and how to play it and Doncaster, when he took them up to the Championship, were known as the Arsenal of the north.
I could see a lot of his play - slick diamonds and triangles - in the victory over Leeds.
I wasn’t surprised to see Henning Berge go at Blackburn after 57 days with only one win under his belt, or Keith Hill, shipped out at Barnsley after 18 months.
With the club and 35-acre Oakwell site up for sale they have to stay in the Championship for it to be an attractive proposition for potential buyers.
O’Driscoll would be ideal for Barnsley who already have had dozens of applicants after the job.
I also wasn’t surprised to see Mark Robson leave Barnet where he was sharing the manager’s job with Dutchman Edgar Davids.
It wouldn’t come as a surprise to me either if Preston North End parted company with Graham Westley.
The natives were very restless last Saturday when I was at Deepdale and my lot stuffed ‘em 3-0, and it could easily have been six!
Peter Ridsdale, the former Leeds Utd chairman, who went on to fire fight at Cardiff City and Plymouth, was taken ill during the second half just across from me in the director’s box. He stayed on after being checked over only to hear fans calling for him to go at the end.
Ridsdale brought in Westley, who made his name in non-league football and then had a good spell with Stevenage, about a year ago now.
They have a difficult FA Cup tie this Saturday at Millwall and then go to Coventry City who are flying under Mark Robins, the former Man Utd player who did well in management at Rotherham and Barnsley.
Finally, the Mick Russell double booking blunder in the Huddersfield v Sheffield Wed game last Saturday.
What were his two assistants and the fourth official doing? Surely somebody could have told him, they are all wired up and for that they should all take the rap.