SURELY there must come a time when the sackings have to stop at football clubs.

It is the easy option for fans, chairmen and owners to change the manager when results aren't going the right way.

But does it really do any good?

This week Leeds United sacked Uwe Rosler and appointed Steve Evans in his place.

It has taken their tally to 13 managers in the last 10 years. Take a moment to let that sink in.

Sunderland have now got Sam Allardyce, their ninth different manager in 10 years.

At Bolton there are rumblings about Neil Lennon's position.

It has come as no surprise to the Wanderers boss, he's been in the job long enough to know that vague phrase "pressure" is on the manager when his team is doing badly.

But is football right to have such a knee-jerk reaction in times of trouble?

What good does it do to show one person out of the door and then open it to someone else?

Look at Leeds and Sunderland – a manager a year, give or take, for the last decade and it hasn't changed anything really.

Wouldn't it be better to leave one person in the job and allow him to gain knowledge and experience of that particular club, its people, its workings, its culture?

Changing a manager is also extremely expensive. You have to pay off the man you're sacking and usually a lot of his backroom staff.

Then you have to pay a new set of people who, history often shows, do pretty much exactly the same job as those you've got rid of.

And the expenditure travels down to the players, many of whom are shown the door and paid off and a whole lot of new ones brought in at great expense.

And what traditionally happens at the end of all this? The team usually has an initial improvement in results before they settle into performing similarly to the previous one.

The problem lies with the fans. No matter what anybody tells you it is the fans that change the manager, not the club.

When the fans demand a change strongly and sustainable it usually eventually happens. The problem is that the default response of fans to poor performances is to sack the manager.

The grass always looks greener to them but it rarely, if ever, is.

Owen Coyle was welcomed like a returning hero and his time at Wanderers followed the above aforementioned sequence of good start, tailed off then the fans demanded a change.

It was similar with Freedman apart from the hero bit, and the same with Lennon.

It seems crazy to me that people are even thinking about wanting Lennon to go. He showed he could run a big club at Celtic where although it's a two-horse race in the league there are still major challenges.

And if he did go, what would people want then? Bolton are not in a position at present to attract tried and tested managers so would find themselves with yet another man taking on his biggest job yet in the hope of making his name.

It didn't work with Coyle and Freedman so why would it work with anyone else.

Changing the manager should be the last resort, not the default reaction to difficulties.


Views from the sports desk

CRAIG NELSON: I HAVE never understood how working-age people can afford the time or money to join a golf club.

With a young child and a demanding job, I maybe get to play two or three times a year.

It costs between £15 and £30 to play a round, but, if I wanted to join a bottom-end club, annual membership would be at least £500 meaning I would need to play around 20 times a year to make it worthwhile.

So it is easy to see why this great game has been accused of being elitist, and the news that Wentworth is to raise its joining fees to £125,000 does not exactly help dispel golf's image.

CLAIRE CAMERON: IMAGINE entering a competition knowing the highest you can finish is third.

With the nominations for the Ballon d'Or announced earlier this week, that's exactly the situation for Robert Lewandowski, Neymar (pictured) and Sergio Aguero.

Current holder Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi have won the past seven awards between them.

In much the same way that Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have dominated tennis in recent years, it looks like it will take a very special player to pip the duo to the top two spots again.

Perhaps it is time FIFA introduced a "best of the rest" award.

ROBERT KELLY: OLE Gunnar Solskjaer has returned to his former club Molde hoping to replicate his first successful spell as manager.

The 42-year-old led the club to two league titles and the league cup before leaving for Cardiff in 2014.

Kop legend Kenny Dalglish is a prime example of a manager that struggled to repeat former glories.

He took over at Anfield as player-manager in 1985 and led Liverpool to three league titles and two FA Cups.

After returning in January 2011 he helped them win the League Cup and make the FA Cup final in his first full season in charge but was promptly sacked after they could only finish eighth in the Premier League.