Soccer and Fans (Should Fans be Managers?)

Hi Guys and Gals!

Today I am going to talk about the questions that cross the minds of millions of soccer fans around the world every single day.

These are: “what is the coach doing?”, ” why isn’t this player playing?”, “why is this player starting?”, “why are you playing with only one striker?”…and many more.

So when it comes down to soccer and fans, my question is: should fans of a club be allowed to be managers?

Well lets find out if it’s a good idea!

Soccer and fans

Love For The Team

The fans of soccer clubs around the world are the ones who are passionate about their clubs, most fans that show up to games every week have very strong emotional ties to their clubs.

These fans make the atmosphere, sing songs about certain players, wear the colors of their teams and for many fans around the globe it’s the highlight of their week.

Families grow up supporting a club and know all the ins and outs of the club, they even stick by their club when the results are poor and the club clearly is in a complete mess.

Manchester United, Southampton, AC Milan and Arsenal these are all clubs that even though they are playing poorly and are no where near the top anymore still somehow manage to fill stadiums week in week out.

Why is this? It is simply because the supporters love the club so much that will put up with anything to see their team back at the top again.

Sure these fans will vent their frustrations in a number of ways such as, making posters that say the managers name and words to the effect of #OUT, chanting songs that say similar things and some ultra fans will get violent.

The big question is though if the fans can see it, why then is the management so blind to it??

Would a fan who loves the club do a better job than the current manager?


Well lets look at managers.

These are coaches that have come to the club to do a job. Most would have never supported the club they are coaching and are getting paid massive salaries to bring success to the club they managing.

Supporters look to them every week to put out the best possible team and play an attractive style of play that excites the fans.

Now don’t get me wrong there are some fantastic managers out there but there are also some terrible ones that have destroyed clubs.

Most managers will have an idea or style of soccer that they believe in and set out a team to play that way. This sometimes doesn’t go down too well with the clubs supporters.

Managers will sometimes bench fans heroes in favor of another player who they feel fits the system they are trying play and even though it’s clearly not working stick with it.

This blows my mind sometimes as a soccer fan as well. When I see players who sit on the bench that clearly should be starting and a style of play that is making a team of champions look like your average second division team my blood boils as well and I think”I can do better than this clown”.

Managers also are the ones who have the power to buy and sell players. Recently at Juventus the club I support the management did everything they could to sell club favorite Paulo Dybala.

They offered Dybala to any club willing to come close to the evaluation they were asking for him and even went into negotiations without the player even knowing or even asking the player if he wanted to join that particular team.

It was becoming a joke and it started to look embarrassing for Juventus as they looked like a club that was desperate.

The player stayed and was told by his manager that he would not play and for the first month of the new season that is exactly what happened.

Players who were not as good as Dybala were starting and Dybala was lucky to get 10 minutes of playing time every second week.

This only changed because of overwhelming demand of the clubs supporters that the manager had no choice but to start playing Dybala and within a few short weeks has become the teams most outstanding player.

Fans as Managers

Soccer and Fans

The example I gave above isn’t new I could mention many times that teams at club and national level have lost important matches because of poor manager decisions that us as supporters look at and say “What are you thinking?”.

After matches many fans will talk about the game for days offering their opinions on what the manager should have done and who the manager should have played.

Most of the time the fans are ones who know exactly what the team need to improve and exactly who the club needs to sell or buy.

Many times the fans will see the downfall before it happens, they will know who is a good fit for their beloved team and who isn’t, they will also know who to play and when to make substitutions and when not too.

Sure managers know more about the player physical condition than the fans do if a player is coming off and it’s because he isn’t fit than you cannot argue with the manager.

Fans also have to be patient as well I believe if the manager is generally tracking well and makes a few mistakes that costs the team a game or two you cannot be too hard on them they are human after all and are going to make mistakes.

Fans love their club more than any manager will ever love their club. Once the manager leaves or is fired that manager will simply move on and look for other opportunities and leave that club behind just as any ex employee of any company.

Some managers will even manage rival teams and they can there is nothing wrong with it.

The thing is though a true fan would manage their team for free, they will always put love for the club over any monetary decision and they want to see they succeed for the community and the people of that city more than they would want to it for themselves.

This is a huge difference and why it would be a very interesting to see a club supporter in the managers hot seat.

Round UP !

For this round up I would like to hear your thoughts?

Do you think this is a good idea? Do you think that it would work? or do you think that I am talking nonsense?

Its okay if you think I am talking nonsense, I just think it’s an interesting idea!!!

Till next time,

Joseph Addabbo

Joseph Addabbo

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