Being a football manager in this day and age is a very unforgiving profession. The average tenure for a manager in the modern game is just over a year – which is why they very rarely up sticks when landing a new job, instead choosing to commute. Or to live like some bloody tramp in a lay-by (or Travel Tavern). And this season, despite being less than one week old is no exception – as we have already seen the first manager to leave his post.
Although being in the job for over two years, it took just one game in the 2018/19 season before Gary Bowyer resigned from Blackpool. In his two seasons at Bloomfield Road, Bowyer turned the fortunes of the long-suffering club around – gaining promotion from League Two, and then securing a top half finish in League One last season.
But as the turmoil behind the scenes continues to spiral, Bowyer decided that enough is enough, and resigned after the first game of the season. Simon Grayson and Ian Holloway are the main favourites to take over the managerial reigns, although both have recently distanced themselves from the club. Darren Ferguson is also amongst the favourites to take over at Bloomfield Road, after leaving Doncaster at the end of last season.