Every season in Scotland’s top flight, managers come and go from respective clubs. Whether it be poor results or a fall out with the board, your almost guaranteed to see a couple of managers move on every campaign.
That has once again been the case this season, with four clubs changing their managers this season. The sides in question are Livingston, Dundee, Hibs, Hamilton and most recently Celtic, who look likely to become the fifth team to have a change in manager.
With the exception of Accies and Dundee, they all have one strange coincidence. They have all had their final game against the same side.
Motherwell on three occasions this season have took part in a manager’s final game in charge of his club. First it was Kenny Miller at Livingston. More recently, they were the opponents in Neil Lennon’s final Hibs game and what looks to be Brendan Rodgers’ final Celtic match.
It is a weird coincidence that Motherwell seem to be the final straw for Premiership managers.
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The first on Motherwell’s hit list was Miller. It was a hard fought 1-0 victory for the Steelmen, eliminating Livi from the Betfred Cup. The Lions had started well in the league, so it was a major shock when he was let go by Livi.
It quickly came out though that Miller wished to play football alongside his managerial duties, and the Livingston board were not willing to accommodate this.
Motherwell perhaps didn’t have much to do with that situation, but they certainly had something to do with Lennon’s, sort of.
Motherwell exposed Hibs’ lack of effort at Fir Park in January which angered Lennon. This led to an explosive row at training between Lennon and the players, before the board were the next set of people to feel his wrath. Lennon was suspended before parting ways with the Easter Road side.
Brendan Rodgers oversaw a 4-1 victory over Motherwell on Sunday, but still the Steelmen’s apparent curse returns. Just two days after this fixture, Rodgers is all but confirmed to be leaving Parkhead. Soon he will be the fourth victim of Motherwell’s managerial curse.
It’s highly unlikely Motherwell had anything to do with these. There was obviously offers for managers or issues at these clubs weeks before their meetings with the Steelmen. It just happened to be Stephen Robinson’s men who faced these sides before managers parted ways with their clubs.
Motherwell seem to have some sort of strange curse when it comes to managers this season. Where Motherwell go, managerial departures follow, or at least it seems that way.