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Bosses must stop the back-stabbing.. and show some solidarity.

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YOU may have noticed that certain people who worked alongside you a year ago no longer do.

In many workplaces today, fresh rounds of sackings are a more familiar sight than the afternoon tea trolley. Mainly because the canteen staff have been chopped too.

The vast majority of redundancies are usually down to cost-cutting. No one new usually leaps into that empty seat next to Managers you. It's thrown on a skip.

Union leaders attack management for slashing the workforce, telling them it is short-sighted madness as it threatens their long-term profits and kills age-old skills.

Rarely do they blast them for taking a job from one of their members and giving it to another one.

Apart from the League Managers Association, who regularly moan about nasty owners disposing of their members on a whim and gifting his job to another more than willing member of their union. Which is why their rhetoric always sounds so empty.

Current LMA boss Richard Bevan this week accused owners of a type of "arrogant and embarrassing" behaviour you never see in other industries.

And with 33 league managers given the boot already this season he certainly has a point.

But why are these owners, many who run firms in other industries, so trigger-happy? Is it because they're allowed to be? Do they know that as soon as they dismiss one manager there will be a queue to leap into his shoes?

And do they know it, because often, when a manager is under pressure, out-of-work bosses lobby subtly for his job?

The sad truth is that no other union has so many scabs as the LMA. No other industry could call on so many blacklegs to shaft their comrades. Members of few other professions would so willingly sell their granny to sex traffickers for a shot at a mate's job.

And, usually, when they get it, they utter the words: "I feel sorry for blah-blah because he did a great job here, but someone's got to take over the reins for the sake of such a great club and its fans."

But have they? Instead of wasting their time hurling insults at hard-nosed businessmen like Blackburn's Venky's why doesn't Bevan call his members together and fight back.

For a start he could ask the man they just sacked, Michael Appleton, why he walked out on Blackpool after 65 days to leap into Henning Berg's shoes? Did he care about Berg or Blackpool?

Then Bevan could teach his members the meaning of solidarity. He could propose that any club which sacks more than one manager in a season is boycotted by the union, with members refusing to speak to the owners until at least the following season.

He could persuade former Govan shop steward Sir Alex Ferguson to warn any non-union member who thinks about taking the job that they will be treated like a leper by other bosses.

No handshakes, no glasses of red wine, no advice on opposition tactics or transfer dealings, and thus little chance of working anywhere else when they get the inevitable boot.

Then see how arrogantly club owners act, knowing if they sack a second manager in a season they'll have to pick the team and coach it themselves - all the way to relegation.

Over to you, gaffers.

The League Managers Association could propose that any club which sacks more than one boss in a season is boycotted by the union
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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion, Columns
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2013
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