When you go to the funfair, there’s this big ride with horses and carriages, lights and music where children and adults absolutely love it! On there now and again, there’ll be a manager taking a leap onto it as it’s spinning, because sometimes there’s no room once you come off. That’s been proved this season as the 11th managerial change happened yesterday in the Jupiler Pro League, the second change at the AFAS!
Aleksandar Jankovic was given his marching orders to be immediately replaced by Dennis Van Wijk. Yes, that Van Wijk who has had more clubs than Jack Nicklaus. Managing most recently in the second tier, he has been given the opportunity to be the saviour of Mechelen in what could be, well it is, a season to forget. The question I can ask now is why sack Yannick Ferrera? There was a mini revival initially, but what if the young manager were given time? Instead De Kakkers are in a situation where they have a manager who has had 19 jobs in 24 years of management. Don’t know if that says more about Van Wijk or the clubs?
The last change was Vermant coming in at Beveren, which has looked promising so far, and before that it was Clement to Genk. That got me thinking. Why haven’t Mechelen thought a bit more outside of the box? Fans may say this isn’t a time to experiment, but Beveren looked to have had success now and before. People in England say managers get recycled like Hughes, Alladyce, Moyes, Pulis and Pardew. The same can be said for Belgium. Some of the managers have been around the block more than once, successfully or otherwise, like De Boeck, Maes, Bölöni and Rednic.
Three of those mentioned have taken their seats at their respective clubs at the start or during this season. Some managers have been sacked hastily in Kristinsson, Márquez, Condom and Weiler in my opinion, and some have deserved it like Anastasiou, Vanderhaeghe, Vanhaezebrouck and the aforementioned Ferrera at the point he was relieved of his duties. The thing is there’s only one relegation place and every league place isn’t exactly a million euros loss in money.
I don’t know anymore. I’m only 28 so sackings have always been inevitable in my lifetime. But 11 in a season of changes is remarkable. I’m still waiting for Sa Pinto to get tinned…there’s still time.