Writer: Joe Brown
Date:Monday March 12 2007
Peter Jackson when asked about Terry Yorath's role after he (Jackson) was dismissed, said the following
Terry (Yorath), who clearly had his health problems, was an exceptional coach and a very good friend of mine and his departure from the club was a big decision to make, but one I thought was the right one.
We at Vital tend to think this is understating the effect the splitting of this partnership had on the decision making process of the management at the club, the form of the team and consequently ultimately led to Jackson's departure.
Yes it can be argued that this season prior to Yorath's ties with the club being ended, the sides form and therefore L1 placing was not much better than when Jackson departed but this fails to recognise that Terry Yorath had had some health problems for a while and so his influence on this season as a whole was some what diminished, not just since his departure.
Other managers too have suffered from the demise of a well know partnership, most notably for those of you old enough to remember, Brian Clough with the ending of his tie's with Peter Taylor
Clough had very clear ideas about what he wanted as a manager, but it was Taylor who would provide the talent. Clough and Taylor`s relationship was symbiotic, Clough a brilliant and unrivalled tactician and man-manager, Taylor an incredible scout and talent spotter. Taylor would produce the bullets, Clough would fire the shots.
Clough was not as successful without Taylor as with him by any stretch of the imagination.
Manchester United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson had the current England manager Steve McClaren as his number two in the all conquering late nineties.
Whilst United have had success since McClaren left for Middlesbrough it has not been on the same level as yet.
Kevin Keegan and Arthur Cox, were something of a double act.
Many examples can be brought forward and we could argue about the relative success of them during, prior and post their liaisons's.
We at Vital think that Terry Yoraths departure had much more to do with Peter Jackson's dismissal than he would care to admit, it is just an opinion, and lets face it football is full of opinions.
If you have an opinion on this article please let us know.
Date:Monday March 12 2007
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