Those who say the likes of Glenn Roeder and Glenn Hoddle were not given enough time, have never been to South America.
It is not a continent that treats coaches with much patience.
The figure of the coach was created to be a scapegoat, especially more so in contemporary South America.
Junior was a Brazil legend in the 1980s
Some of the major clubs have huge problems: poor training facilities, players wages unpaid for months, the
best players continually sold to Europe.
Rather than confront some of the
underlying problems, it is far easier just to sack the coach.
Thirty-four rounds have now been completed in the Brazilian championship.
Of the 24 teams, just five have stuck with the same coach. Some of the clubs
have been through four coaches, while others have even appointed the same man twice.
Not too many former Brazilian greats go
into coaching - and if they do they tend to get out quickly
Last week, Corinthians parted company with their coach. Geninho resigned
after a 6-1 defeat made his position untenable.
The biggest club from the
giant city of Sao Paulo, Corinthians, are languishing in 10th place in the
It is debatable whether this is entirely the fault of Geninho.
Corinthians' year effectively ended in mid-May when they were knocked out of
the Copa Libertadores, South America's Champions League.
It was the signal for the break-up of the side.
Key players went off to Turkey, Germany,
Russia, Portugal and France. Some of those that stayed went down injured.
For weeks, Corinthians' strike partnership consisted of Abouda, a 17-year old, and Jo, a year younger.
Both are excellent prospects, but it is surely too early to
have them operate as a pair.
At least now Abouda and Jo can pick up some tips from two of the greats of
Corinthians have appointed Rivelino, a 1970 World Cup
winner and the most famous name in the club's history, to the post of
And the new coach is Junior, the flying left-back from the
1982 World Cup.
Rivelino was a 1970 World Cup winner
The club claim inspiration from Real Madrid, with Rivelino in the role
carried out across the Atlantic by the Argentine Jorge Valdano.
It is an interesting comparison. Not too many former Brazil greats go into coaching and, if they do, they tend to get out quickly.
Who would want
the hassle? A career in the media is far more agreeable. Indeed, both Rivelino and Junior have worked extensively as television pundits.
Real Madrid's Valdano is very much an ideas man. Rivelino, however, comes
across as the stereotype old pro sadly shaking his head at the decline in
modern day standards.
And Junior is no Carlos Quieroz because he lacks a rich coaching CV.
Junior has always been associated with Rio de Janeiro, where he moved when
he was a child.
His playing days in Brazil were spent with the city's biggest club, Flamengo, and had two brief coaching spells there.
Some in the game question whether Junior can adapt to the very
different city of Sao Paulo.
Rivelino should have some idea of the pressures they will face.
years ago he was hounded out of Corinthians - the fans held him responsible
for the fact that the team had gone well over a decade without winning a
A famous name and a high media profile is no protection from the impatience
of Brazilian football.