Taking the helm of a large club, the only defence a manager may have is to blame the board. This should be Graeme Souness' next step now that Newcastle have sacked him.
After all, he's spent months blaming everybody else for his own shortcomings. Journalists routinely allow him to get away with blaming referees every time Newcastle under-perform. If not, he blames injuries or other misfortunes.
But blaming Sir Freddy would be the first example of fair comment from Souey since he arrived at St James Park. The astonishment was almost universal when he was appointed - he was about to be sacked by Blackburn, and since then, he has actually taken fewer points per game than he did for the Rovers.
Sir Freddy must have been the only spectator who didn't know how that appointment was going to end.
Brian Clough (peace and blessings be upon Him) used to say that Chairmen should resign when managers are sacked. They appointed them, after all. There is no clearer case than this one. The Toon Army should be calling for Sir Freddy's head in the same way that Southampton fans are (rightly) demanding Rupert Lowe's knackers.
My fellow Forest bloggers never tire of demanding Gary Megson's head. I disagree with them.
Anyone who thinks that Forest's problems are located in the dugout just hasn't been paying attention for the last couple of years.