PEARLMAN SAYS: Weekend shows County boss Justin Edinburgh was right to stay
7:01am Tuesday 17th December 2013 in Sport
THIS weekend proved unequivocally that Justin Edinburgh was absolutely right to turn down the chance to manage Portsmouth.
Don't for a second think I'm basing that assessment on County's superb 2-0 win at Portsmouth, because one swallow doesn't make a summer, and other appropriate clichés.
No, that is based on the sacking of Steve Clarke by West Brom, the probable pinnacle for 2013 managerial departures that can best be summed up in one word... madness.
Because in today's game, any manager that isn't called Arsene Wenger is only ever five or sick matches from being under massive scrutiny or losing his job.
It doesn't matter that Steve Clarke over achieved massively in getting the Baggies to 8th, he still got the boot for failing to reach a benchmark that he himself set.
The position of the football manager has never been more precarious as clubs across the land and not just in the top flight adopt the European policy of dropping bosses at the drop of a hat. It's a phenomenon that is booming.
So with that said, why would Edinburgh go to a basket case of a club like Portsmouth where the recent average tenure of a manager is about 25 minutes? Indeed, the Pompey official Twitter feed intimated new boss Richie Barker had been sacked on Saturday after one game (it was merely an operator error).
Edinburgh is loved at Newport, is revered by the fans and is one of the few bosses in the land with actual job security.
The one thing that can't be snatched from a manager is their CV and Edinburgh is making an impact at County that will ensure his CV stands out among his contemporaries.
There is no doubt in my mind Edinburgh is destined for bigger things than Newport in League Two. But the fact he knows his next job might only last six weeks, that he understands the reality of how the game is played today, stands him in really good stead.
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