Sportsdesk Comment with Daniel Gregory: Football fans need to get a grip

Sportsdesk Comment with Daniel Gregory
Sportsdesk Comment with Daniel Gregory

I was left stunned by some of the comments from football fans ringing up the BBC’s phone-in show 606 on my drive down to cover Shaun Ireland’s fight in Doncaster on Saturday.

We all know that football fans are fickle, but I really despair of some to the point that it makes me want to stop bothering with the sport full stop.

Jose Mourinho has come in for some criticism of late after a poor start to the season

Jose Mourinho has come in for some criticism of late after a poor start to the season

One fan shouted: “Teams have sussed out Jose Mourinho now, he’s only ever had quality teams and has never had to re-build a side.”

About five or six Liverpool fans rang up to shout down the phone at presenters Robbie Savage and Darren Fletcher about boss Brendan Rodgers and one particularly irate Newcastle fan fumed that ‘Steve McLaren is way out of his depth and has to go’.

The Chelsea fan in particular was just an embarrassment.

Mourinho has brought them the title back after four years without finishing top of the pile and has put together a top-quality squad.

Patience and common sense have been abandoned in football and until something is done about it, things will continue to go from bad to worse.

Daniel Gregory

Yes, they may have had a poor start, but does that make him a bad manager? Categorically NO!

He has proved time and time again that he’s an astute tactician, knows the game inside out and from what his players say, he’s also a fine man-manager.

I mentioned this to Curtis Woodhouse when I rang him to put together his weekly column and he summed it up perfectly.

“If Jose Mourinho is even getting criticism, we may as well all pack in and call it quits,” said Curtis.

You could make an argument that Liverpool boss Rodgers could be under pressure should they finish outside the top four this season - mainly as his judgement in the transfer market has been poor so far, but you can’t be seriously wanting your club to get rid of their manager after four games of the new season.

McLaren has literally just taken over and this angry Geordie is already calling for his head ... What on earth has happened to the game?

Another point Curtis made really got me thinking.

He said there should be a window where clubs can’t sack their manager, and to a certain extent I agree.

There would obviously be instances when clubs could cut loose for sackable offences, but the stability it would promote across the board could only benefit the game.

It would also allow managers to plan more for the longer term rather than worrying about short term results to save their skin.

This would result in more academy players getting their chance to impress in the first team and that can only be a good thing, especially for our national side, who have failed to excite since France 98.

Patience and common sense have been abandoned in football and until something is done about it, things will continue to go from bad to worse.