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'No patience in the world now'

February 12, 2009

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"It is a sign of the times. There is absolutely no patience in the world now," Man United manager Alex Ferguson told MUTV after Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked by Chelsea on Monday after just seven months in charge of the Premier League club.

Brazilian Scolari, who led his country to victory in the 2002 World Cup and Portugal to the Euro 2004 final, had taken over at Stamford Bridge at the start of the season after Avram Grant was sacked (on May 28, 2008).

On Monday, Portsmouth also sacked coach Tony Adams, ensuring there have been eight managerial changes in the various Premier League clubs since the start of the 2008-09 season.

A sign of the growing impatience among the clubs.

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    There is only one Champions League trophy and one domestic league for these mighty businesses to chase, but when they are not secured, and sometimes even when they are, the reaction is often to rip it all up and start again with a new man.

    Ferguson, generally considered to have been one game away from the sack in 1990 after four barren years, must glance at Old Trafford's sparkling trophy cabinet and wonder when everybody else is going to learn.

    For the record, 923 managers have lost their jobs in England since Ferguson took over at Old Trafford in 1986.

    Scolari is just the latest addition to the list.

    Photographs: Reuters

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