The football sacking season is upon us...Who's next?

By Beldeen Waliaula: Wednesday, December 4th 2019 at 16:27 GMT +3 | Football
From left: Napoli's Carlo Ancelloti, Man United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Everton boss Marco Silva [Courtesy]

It’s December again, which means sacking season is here!

From local leagues to the English Premier League, managers can’t afford a streak of poor performances, considering the stakes raised in the game this year.

In a letter dated November 30, 2019, Tanzania’s Simba Sports Club coach Patrick Wanard Aussem was sacked over poor performances after the club was knocked out of the CAF Champions League.

Other coaches in Tanzania have not been spared. In July, Taifa Stars head coach Emmanuel Amunike was fired after a humiliating defeat in the Africa Cup of Nations group stages. Though Amunike guided the team to the tourney for the first time, the Tanzanian Football Federation saw it fit to terminate his contract after the team exited in the group stages.

Taifa Stars head coach Emmanuel Amunike was fired after a humiliating defeat in the Africa Cup of Nations group stages [Courtesy]

Harambee Stars coach Sebastian Migne also fell prey to this wave after a string of dismal performances in the AFCON. Though it was costly to terminate the Frenchman’s contract, his consolation was that he had taken the team to levels no other coach did in the last decade and a half.

Ex- Harambee Stars coach Sebastian Migne in a past training session [Courtesy]

“Don’t forget where you were; you had never qualified for AFCON in 15 years. It’s not even about CHAN; Kenya has never been in the U17 or U20 AFCON and that means Kenya doesn’t have the maturity to contest at the highest level,” said a disappointed Migne, responding to journalists after being eliminated from tournament courtesy of Benin’s draw with Cameroon in group C.

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Uganda Cranes coach faced the music like his Kenyan counterpart after his team failed to impress at the AFCON. According to the Federation of Uganda Football Association [FUFA], Coach Sebastien Desabre mutually agreed to terminate his contract.

Coach Sebastien Desabre was also fired by Uganda [Courtesy]

Uganda put up a brave fight in Egypt but was eliminated in the round of 16 after losing to Senegal.

The casualties’ didn’t stop there.

Egypt coach Javier Aguirre’s tenure came to an end after losing 1-0 to South Africa in the host’s home City - Cairo. The defeat saw the Pharaohs fail to reach quarter-finals for the first time since 2004. The Egyptian Football Association confirmed the exit of the Mexican coach, the entire technical and the administrative staff.

In the Premier League, Unai Emery was sacked by Arsenal after failing to register a win after seven matchdays. Tottenham Hotspur also dispensed of highly-rated Mauricio Pochettino following a string poor performances that left the team dangling mid-table.

Bayern Munich’s Niko Kovac coach was also given his marching orders early November after a humiliating 5-1 defeat at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.

At the moment, several coaches have their jobs hanging by a thread.

These include Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Napoli boss Carlo Ancelloti and Everton coach Marco Silva.

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