Impatience ruining football?

Impatience ruining football?

According to football experts, the power of blogging could be responsible for the increased impatience towards football managers.

The huge rise in popularity of football forums, fan sites and twitter posts is contributing to the pressure that high profile managers find themselves under, the BBC’s Phil McNulty believes. Not long ago the only opinions that most football fans followed were those of the pundits and the match day fans, but with the introduction of message boards fans have become influenced by the views of fellow supporters from all over the world.

In his role as chief football writer for BBC Sport, McNulty writes regular blogs about the latest football news and he thinks the greater access fans have to pundits and fellow supporters’ opinions certainly has had an effect on how we perceive managers.

“I think the presence of blogs, message boards and the advance of other forms of social media is a factor because it can allow a groundswell of opinion to develop. I think fans have a right to high expectations, but the whole sense around football these days is that people want success yesterday – and this is where the expectations actually lose touch with the reality.”

BBC Sports Phil McNulty agrees that the pressure managers have to face now is far beyond what it was.
“There is no doubt that expectation levels are at unbelievable levels these days. When I was younger, there may have been the odd murmuring about a manager at the highest level in England if he went three seasons without a trophy. Now it can be three games and managers are under pressure.”

Another factor that has been highlighted is the never-ending debate over money in football. Jeff Brown, currently anchorman for BBC Look North in the North East and Cumbria, says the money that fans are forced to pay to watch their team play is the key factor in losing the fans support. “The fans are more impatient now- they don’t accept that for every winner there has to be a loser.

When I was younger and went to games it only cost pennies and you stood in terraces and it didn’t seem to matter as much if you lost. But when you’re paying £40-50 you expect to see your team win every single week.”

McNulty agrees that the money in the game has definitely had an effect: “I think the rewards for success are so great and the penalties for failure so acute that expectation was always going to rise.”

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