Sunday, March 13, 2011

Nervous times for coaches in top European leagues

Grahame Jones of the Los Angeles Times writes of the pressures of managing at the top levels of European football.

As disappointing results pile up and pressure is ratcheted up, AS Roma's Claudio Ranieri and Palermo's Delio Rossi have been fired, and several others, including Bayern Munich's Louis van Gaal, appear to be on thin ice.

In the chemistry laboratory that is high-level European soccer, the test tubes are bubbling away, each one threatening to explode at any minute.

The "test tubes" are the emotion-filled and nerve-wracked coaches, and the last week or so has seen some of the game's biggest names exhibit extraordinary signs of stress as results and decisions have gone against them.

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