This past week 2 premiership football managers have lost their jobs – Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea and Mark Hughes at QPR. In come the new guys – 2 managers who have been repeatedly sacked for ‘failure’ at other clubs.
Am I alone in thinking that being a manager of a football club is the
only job in the world where you can be a ’failure’, leave with a very
handsome pay off and then be rewarded by being given another high
profile, high paid job? Bizarre! I might even give it a go myself.
For many people football is a religion; for them there is nothing
else. The managers/players are gods, the grounds are the cathedrals/
worship centres, the fanzines are their Bibles and the fans are the
faithful worshippers who enjoy regular fellowship together. The true
devotees talk about football endlessly, discuss it, chew over it, plan
for it, cry over it and rejoice over it. When it goes well it’s great,
but when it’s bad, it’s awful. Relationships have been made and broken
over it. Who would have it?
So who can you trust? How about this thought “Some trust in chariots
(teams) and some trust in horses (players) but we will trust in the
name of the Lord” (Psalm 20 v7). There is no one better to put your
trust in. Unlike football, he will never disappoint.
24 November 2012