What they are actually saying is 'I'm not good enough and I want someone to blame.' Every club has financial limitations and managers have to work within those limitations, if they don't want to then they shouldn't take the job on.
Society is a now now now materialistic society, the public are not prepared to wait and save up for the latest pointless man toy, they want it now and marketing is geared round creating a need and want for a product before it is released.
That has unsurprisingly transferred itself to football where the fan wants instant success but calls for stability in the same breath and chairman want instant success. There has to be a happy medium found. The chairman has to find the right manager to keep long term and you don't know if the man is the right one until he is in the post.
Take Juande Ramos who we appointed thinking he was a quality manager. It turns out Sevilla were happy to see him go because he wasn't the reason for their success, he hadn't built their team, as their staff admitted to us years later. We won the League Cup and then sat bottom of the league. Wikipedia shows us that Ramos has not managed any club for more than 133 games, he lasted 27 games at Real Madrid before they fired him.
Sometimes you have to appoint a manager for now, a manager to do a job who is not going to be your long term choice. Harry Redknapp is a now manager, he deals in older players and doesn't build for the future, the team is always having to find replacement parts and stop gaps. That can sustain you for a while but in the end it will go pear shaped, it's not a sustainable model for long term success.
Andre Villas-Boas was though to be the man and every time I hear his name I hear my Chelsea mate saying 'He will ruin your club.'
As it was he upset all and sundry, the players, the staff and the hierarchy. His bitterness is evident and his recent outburst comical. I love it when a manager can't even appreciate that a footballer has a choice of who he plays for and that players can actually choose not to play for Spurs.
"The chairman proposed a challenge to increase Tottenham's competitive level, but immediately [Luka] Modric left and we didn't get any of the targets I had identified, such as Joao Moutinho, Willian, Oscar or Leandro Damiao.
"These were promises that were not kept. I had a group of players I had not chosen. In two years I lost [Rafael] van der Vaart, Modric, [Gareth] Bale, and all the promises made were unfulfilled.
"In any event I don't look at my time at Tottenham as a negative experience. It was an experience I needed to have."
So he bands on negatively and says it wasn't a negative time, make your mind up. According to a Spurs spokesman speaking to the Press Association he is rewriting history, something not unknown in Russia.
"It's unfortunate that Andre has felt the need to pass comments like these. Not only has he attempted to rewrite history, he has clearly forgotten the facts."
Clearly, given such strong words, there is ill feeling among the two, proof if ever it was needed that he alienated the hierarchy at the club.
After conducting research into Mauricio Pochettino and club opinion it became quite clear that the club felt they had found the right man after the excellent work Tim Sherwood did. He was appointed for a reason which I searched for and speculated on at the time. Clearly it was an interim role, but why, there was more to it than just waiting for Louis Van Gaal.
His reign showing the club, who was playing for it and who was playing for themselves. It showed we had a group of players with the right mental attitude and a group with the wrong mental attitude. It showed the club that unless they weeded out those who felt they could dictate to the manager, the club would forever be the nearly club.
Now I am not one who subscribes to the petty hatred towards Sherwood, he did an immense amount of good, probably the best youth development man we have ever had. I grant you he has a bit of a chip about only getting 5 months but he can't seriously have believed he was going to get more surely.
I'm sure in his talks with Levy he made it clear he'll weed out the loafers, the manner in which he did it may leave a bit to be desired but he clearly showed the club there were underlying problems with the players because the club are now trying to offload the very loafers he exposed.
Mauricio Pochettino is the man to benefit from that. As expected the club have stood squarely behind him, even when performances and results were poor. No longer is the manager on the chopping block but the players are. Those prepared to work, to adapt, to improve stay, those who want to stay in their comfort zone doing what they do for their nice cheque can go.
Last night showed what is possible and now there is a semi-final against Sheffield United coming up with the carrot of a Wembley final for the winners.
The prospect of leaving and dropping down a grade of club, plus the prospect of a Cup semi-final, that may be the enough carrots for some of the underachievers to improve, Townsend certainly improved last night.