Alan Biggs at Large: Sacking managers is a popular short-term fix but we should all be concerned about the implications

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray

One startling statistic may have escaped attention in this part of the world. And for the best of reasons.

When Wigan Athletic axed Malky Mackay this week it was the 43rd managerial change in the Football League this season - among 72 clubs. Make that 70 if you like because none of the upheaval has involved Sheffield United or Sheffield Wednesday.

You might think this should be unremarkable, as this column certainly does. However, the fact is this clean slate is very much against the odds and bucking the national trend. Of course, it might just be a temporary phase because you can never be sure. But I think it should focus the minds of those who call for the most extreme measure after a couple of defeats.

Sheffield football hasn’t done so badly this season. Wednesday have worked a takeover through running a steady ship; United have weathered some storms to keep promotion within view.

Both clubs are well set up to challenge for the Premier League in the foreseeable future.

Viewed as a whole, you’d have to take that. And, by the way, Blades boss Nigel Clough now has a win ratio of over 50 per cent.