Kenyon quote: “You don’t want to sack a manager every year”

Chelsea exec looks silly two months after lobbying for continuity

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon

Over the last few months, Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has taken every opportunity possible to publicly back Luiz Felipe Scolari.

But anyone thinking Kenyon’s apparent loyalty stemmed from the realisation that they might be doing better if he hadn’t botched their summer attempts to sign Robinho was wrong. After all, this is the same man who expressed “absolute confidence” in Avram Grant two months before he was sacked.

Here’s what Kenyon had to say just two months before Chelsea sacked their third manager in eighteen months:

“It can’t be a coincidence that the two most successful teams in England have some continuity in their staff. You don’t want to sack a manager every year. First and foremost, you want some continuity.”

That belief is supported by the fact that the four longest serving Premier League managers (Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, David Moyes and Rafael Benitez) are all in the top six, which makes it ironic that on the one occasion where Kenyon was talking sense, his wisdom was ignored.


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