May 15, 2007

Insanity of a Chairman

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
– Benjamin Franklin

If thats the case then this blog can reveal the insanity of the chairman of a Premier League club.

Yesterday, Wigan appointed Chris Hutchings as the successor to Paul Jewell, quitting only a day after keeping Wigan in the Premiership on the last day of the league season.

Wind back to the end of the 1999-2000 season. Manchester United had won the league, and Bradford City, under the management of Paul Jewell stayed in the Premiership by managing a win on the last day of the season.

A few days later he quit.

Chris Hutchings was appointed his successor.

After just 21 matches in charge, Hutchings was sacked, and the club went on to be relegated.

Dave Whelan, by Benjamin’s Frankiln definition, is insane, appointing Hutchings in almost identical circumstances to 7 years ago, and believing he has made the right choice, a choice which will benefit his club, saying himself:

“I know Chris Hutchings and I know how good he is. I’ve every confidence he’ll push us forward.

Insanity? You can judge for yourselves, although wait till this time next season, and the league table might be able to do it for you.


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  1. Another similarity between Wigan escaping relegation this year and Bradford doing so in 2000 is that Watford finished bottom of the league in both seasons… their only two seasons in the top league.

    15 May 2007, 21:08

  2. Steve

    and both years the team relegated on the last day play crape ugly football….. wimbledon and sheffield united!

    17 May 2007, 22:35


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