Well another of my pre-season managerial casualties came true when Chris Hutchings lost his job at Wigan yesterday. I don’t think anybody was too surprised at his departure. I was more surprised at his appointment to be honest. Yet another decent no 2 fails to make the grade as No 1. What did surprise me about Hutchings’ sacking was that he has twice succeeded Paul Jewell at Bradford and Wigan and he was sacked on both occasions after 12 games in charge on November 6 2000 and Nov 3 this time around. Spooky eh? He must look forward to bonfire night as much as the noise abatement society. Poor sod. It makes Sir Alex Ferguson’s 21st anniversary today as manager of Man U all the more remarkable.
Who’s going to replace Hutchings – Pearce, Souness, Jewell again? Would any of them really want it? surely Pewarce has found his dream job at the FA, Souness turned down Bolton a bigger club you’d assume and why would Jewell want to go back? He’s destined for Boro isn’t he? There is some interesting talk about Paul Ince taking over which would make him the first black manager I think in the Premiership. He’d certainly bring some character to the Division and it’d be a welcome change for a rising young English manager to get the chance at the top level. Let’s hope he gets the chance.