It is an unfortunate aspect of modern football that pressure and impatience go hand in hand, especially when it comes to any analysis of football managers.
Indeed, one could very well argue that Yanga’s erstwhile coach, Sam Timbe has been the victim of football’s self-destructive drive to constantly win matches without any slip-ups.
How else then can one explain Timbe’s demise at a club which he had guided to remarkable success within his short spell at the helm?
It is important to briefly revisit the two major titles that the Jangwani street side won under Timbe’s stewardship in an incredibly short time. Let us not lose sight of the fact that after a ding-dong battle with rivals Simba, Yanga emerged as the deserving champions of the Mainland Premier League last season.
Hot on the heels of this title win, Yanga admirably lifted the prestigious East and Central African Club Championship diadem, affectionately dubbed Kagame Cup here in the country.
Consider too that the Kagame Cup features the crème de la crème of the regional football scene and therefore makes for ferocious competition. Sadly though, Yanga have endured a torrid start to their campaign this season, which has made Timbe’s life in the hot seat extremely difficult and uncomfortable.
However, it is really strange and incomprehensible that Yanga club officials would dispose of Timbe’s services just when their results are beginning to pick up in a big way.
Indeed, due to Timbe’s efforts, the club had managed to heave itself out of the relegation zone to presently occupy second place on the league table, behind the pace-setters Simba.
It also throws into serious question the judgment of Yanga officials, who promptly gave Timbe the heave-ho once the going began to get sour. After all, which illustrious manager in global football today has not had the misfortune of suffering a terrible run of poor results?
It just goes to show that modern football, both domestically and internationally, seriously needs a heavy injection of patience, especially where managers are concerned.
Lloyd Elipokea is a sports