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Jamie Carragher: Change rules to stop manager sackings mid-season
Jamie Carragher wants a new rule to stop football clubs changing their manager during the season.
Last Updated: 10/03/14 11:40am
Currently 52% of clubs in English football have a manager who has been at the helm for less than one year, while eight bosses have been axed in the Premier League during this campaign, one shy of the Premier League record.
Fulham, currently bottom of the Premier League, have had three full-time managers this term and Norwich boss Chris Hughton is currently evens with Sky Bet to be the ninth manager to go following Sunday's 4-1 defeat to Aston Villa.
But Sky Sports expert Carragher would like managers to be given more protection and wants to see a new rule that blocks clubs from making changes mid-season.
He told The Footballers' Football Show: "You see the carry-on at certain clubs when you have two or three managers in one season and it just looks like chaos.
"I think there should be a rule where if you pick a manager at the start of the season then he should be your manager until the end. You've made that decision and you should have to stand by that.
"I think the chopping and changing of managers throughout the leagues is something that should stop in the season.
"Also when a team sack a manager if results aren't going well, they go and get a manager from somewhere else. That manager will normally be doing well and that takes the manager away from a club and could affect their season as well.
"I think that would be something for our game to bring in, whether it's just in this country or around the world: managers get a job at the start of the season and no-one can be sacked or lose their job within the season."
Carragher himself was often tipped for a job in management and appeared destined for the dugout at the end of his 17-year career with Liverpool - but instead opted for a media career with Sky Sports after hanging up his boots.
And, after seeing someone like Malky Mackay sacked by Cardiff only a few months after bringing them into the Premier League, he says he is now sure he made the right decision.
Carragher added: "It was something I toyed with coming to the end of my career - what would I do after I finished? It's the same for a lot of players coming to the end of their careers.
"You see managers and how long they're in jobs. We all talk about the managerial merry-go-round and it continues to this day.
"It put me off and I'm sure it will be putting a lot of players off who are coming to the end of their careers.
"You look at some of the situations with ownerships and the people you work for. If you're going to go into a managerial job you want to do a good job and you want to be successful. You sometimes look at managers and the job is just taken away from them.
"How many managers come up and lose their jobs? They've done a great job getting the team up from the Championship and then in the Premier League of course they are going to struggle and it's going to be difficult, but how many managers lose their job on the back of getting up?
"You look at things like that and you think it's fraught with danger, definitely."