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It’s tough being a manager

This week has seen two Football League managers lose their jobs.

Tuesday: Michael Appleton was sacked by Blackburn’s Indian owners (whom Appleton had never met)

Wednesday: Gary Smith was dismissed by League Two side Stevenage Borough.

League Managers’ Association (LMA) has branded this season’s (excuse the cliche) ‘Managerial Merry-go-round’ as “embarrassing”.

Gary Smith’s exit from the Hertfordshire club made him the 33rd Football League manager to be relieved of their duties in the 2012/2013 season.

In total 103 coaches and managers have left their jobs this season.

LMA Chief executive Richard Bevan told BBC Four Radio, “It’s embarrassing for the game that all of those sackings are unfair dismissals. The volatility is undermining the profession.  

“That’s over 100 people, 100 managers, 100 families. I’m not sure where the arrogance of football comes from that we don’t have to behave as any other industry.”

The Premier League has seen the least dismissal’s out of the four leagues with Brian McDermott (Reading), Roberto Di Matteo (Chelsea), Nigel Adkins (Southampton) and Mark Hughes (Queens Park Rangers) falling victim to this latest trend.

The ever chaning Championship has seen the most with a huge seventeen managers losing their job. Michael Appleton’s sacking at Ewood Park means the club will be on the hunt for their fourth manager of the season after Steve Kean and Henning Berg were both sacked earlier on in the season.

The managerial world is a tough one, it’s a (excuse the cliche) dog-eat-dog world out there and unfortunately somebody has to lose.