Fred must get it dead right - 03/02/2006
GRAEME SOUNESS can have no complaints over his sacking, while the pressure is on Freddy Shepherd to get it right this time, claims former
Quinn says Souness cannot use injuries as an excuse for
"Graeme was in his second year and he didn't have horrific injuries to start with," he said.
"He had big-name signings and spent almost £60m, so don't give me about injuries.
"There are loads of squads in the lower leagues with 16 professionals at their disposal, so don't give me that.
"The reason Freddy took Souness to
"Graeme was Freddy's choice, not the fans, and I think now it's the last chance for Freddy to get it right as
Former Toon winger Chris Waddle agreed with Quinn and claimed Shepherd wielded the axe before the fans turned their anger on him.
"Maybe they would soon have turned on the chairman, and when the pressure started to mount he had to make a decision," said the ex-England international. "Freddy is a big
Former full-back Warren Barton believes Shepherd must not panic over appointing a successor, adding it is "an ideal opportunity'' for Martin O'Neill.
"There's not a great rush,'' he said. "You have got guys there who can steady the ship. There's enough quality in that squad to push them up the league rapidly."
Souness received sympathy from Fulham boss Chris Coleman, who said: "If he had been picking his strongest team week in, week out, it's different, but I don't think he's had that."
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