December 7, 2021

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking will excite some, but we should think before we condemn him

I don’t know Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and nor do most of you. However, like millions of other people, I have a view on whether or not he should have been sacked as Manchester United’s manager. I don’t support Man U, but know that they should probably be doing better, given their vastly talented squad. I have no inside knowledge of what’s going on behind the scenes; why they signed Cristiano Ronaldo; or whether Solskjaer was a “puppet” of the owning Glazer family.

I have no inside knowledge of Tom Harrison, chief of the English Cricket Board, “clinging to his job” as the racism scandal engulfs the sport. Let’s not even start on politicians: the terrible Grant Shapps, our blustering Secretary of State for Transport, or Jacob Rees-Mogg, Leader of the House.

Like many with little knowledge of the context in which each operates, what their individual key performance indicators are, which internal factors may have contributed to them appearing to fail – I am convinced that all four should lose their jobs (if they haven’t already). True, I am not screaming for their heads on social media, but I have done in the past: I have called for a long list of former Fulham managers to get sacked.

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How do the recipients feel? We gained some insight when Steve Bruce was put out of his misery as Newcastle boss. Unsurprisingly, he said it was painful being called “useless, a fat waste of space, a stupid, tactically inept cabbage-head or whatever”. This from a man who had just notched up his 1,000th match as a manager. Club chairmen saw something in him, just as the Glazers, who could pick any manager they wanted, saw something in Solskjaer, a club legend.

Most of us succeed or fail without public scrutiny. Our colleagues would likely not campaign for our sacking; one or two line managers would decide. Yes, when or if Solskjaer or Harrison lose their jobs they will get a fat pay-off; yes, the politicians will land softly too. However, they are still people with feelings and mental health to protect. Look how many public figures spiral downwards once that spotlight is lost. Most of us are not qualified to judge whether the sports people and perhaps even the “useless” politicians should be fired or not, so we should think first and temper our public condemnation.