Thursday, 17 December 2015

John Still Luton Manager Forced To Change Name to John No Longer

Luton Town have sacked their manager, John Still, after a poor run of form has left them lying in 17th place in League Two.

Still, who joined the Hatters in February 2013, had seen his side lose four consecutive games and win only two of their last ten games. Saturday's 4-3 home loss to Northampton Town proved to be the breaking point for the Luton board and brought the curtain down on his near 3 year spell in charge at Luton.

Luton, who were playing in the Football Conference at the time that John Still was appointed, gained promotion back to the Football League as champions at the end of the 2013-14 season.

Luton's first season back in League Two looks on paper to have been a success, with the team finishing in a strong 8th position for a newly promoted team. However, The team had looked set for back to back promotions until a run of seven straight defeats late in the season left them out of even play-off contention. This poor run of form continued into the new season and has left John Still looking for a new job (though to be fair we can't be sure he has had a chance to even start looking yet).

The inevitable headlines of 'Luton Manager Still Sacked' leaves us wondering if the Luton Town board are wondering whether to reverse the decision.

It also left us wondering which other manager's names led to unfortunate headlines.

Despite the terrible season that Aston Villa are enduring, we're not sure that the headline 'Brian Little Aston Villa's Manager' is entirely accurate as they are former European champions. However, his career seems to have been fated to more and more accurately match his name as Brian's last managerial appointment was at 'Little Gainsborough Trinity'.

There are other managers out there who may well have unfortunate connotations to their names, but decency prevents us from discussing what Brendan Rogers did to Liverpool!

We'll leave you to fill in the blanks on Kurt Koch's managerial career, though before you get carried away, he did lead Hamburg to UEFA Cup victory in 1968!