Languagecaster’s weekly football phrase is the phrase ‘Vote of confidence’. You can find out more about this football phrase by reading the transcript below and listening to the audio file. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here. This post also features in our podcast show, along with a main report and our weekly predictions.

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Weekly Football Phrase – vote of confidence

This week’s football expression is ‘vote of confidence‘ which is often heard in football when a manager is under pressure and facing the sack. If a team are performing badly then the media or the team’s fans may call for the manager to be removed meaning that the chairman of the club has to make a decision: to keep or to fire the manager. If the chairman supports the manager we say that the club has offered him a vote of confidence – the club will stick with him. However, this phrase ironically does not always guarantee a manager’s job is safe, indeed it is seen as being very bad luck if a manager receives a vote of confidence as more often than not it means that he will be sacked in the very near future. Many Premier League managers are currently under pressure and are hoping to not receive the dreaded vote of confidence from their chairman in the future. Vote of confidence.

Example: 8 managers sacked after a vote of confidence, as Claudio Ranieri departs champions Leicester (, 23 February 2017).

Example: Mark Hughes receives the dreaded vote of confidence (, 18 December 2017)

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