When each manager decides to step into a new role, there is an initial burst of excitement as well as anticipation. The media frenzy not to mention the all-important journalist scrum in order to obtain the most important sound bites for the national newspapers.
Whether a manager or coach outlines his ideal for the new club or the objectives to take his team to the next level, the majority realise that it is a fickle industry.
The super intense and highly pressured milieu of soccer management is laden with a number of different pitfalls. From intense pressure from multimillion dollar owners to an underperforming side, you can rest assured that the season will have plenty of ups and downs.
On the other hand, we all know it will all end in tears sooner rather than later. There are exceptions to this phenomenon that have bucked this particular trend such as Sir Alex Ferguson. The departed Manchester United manager left at the end of the 2012/13 season after nearly 27 seasons in charge of the Red Devils.
Nowadays it seems to be the case that many owners just do not have the patience with managers or coaches. In fact, managerial stints are becoming as short as chairmen and owners look for short term success.
Unfortunately, there are some who have barely had time to touch the ground. Check out below our rundown of the shortest managerial careers of all time.
10. David Moyes, Manchester United: 295 days
Although not the shortest time in charge of any club, it is without question the most talked about sacking of the moment. It took only 10 months in charge for the Glazer family to dispense with the services of David Moyes. The former Everton boss was faced with the daunting challenge of taking over the Old Trafford hot seat from none other than Sir Alex Ferguson. Moyes was in the job for less than a year with a host of records being broken for all the wrong reasons. This included home defeats to West Brom for the first time since 1978 and Newcastle for the first time in more than four decades.
9. Colin Todd, Derby County: 98 days
Known as the Rams, Derby County terminated the contract of Colin Todd after less than 100 days in charge. He was actually only given 17 games in charge as they were perilously close to the Premier League relegation zone but this did not stop the club shifting their managerial stance.
8. Brian Clough, Leeds United: 44 days
Considered to be one of the most iconic managers in the history of the game, it was not all sunshine and roses for Brian Clough. He lasted only 44 days at Leeds United in 1974. A very brief stay, Clough had an arduous relationship with the players from the beginning, while the players loathed Clough too. However this led Clough to take charge of East Midland rivals Nottingham Forest where he went on to win two European Cups.
7. Les Reed, Charlton Athletic: 41 days
During 2006, Les Reed was in charge at Charlton Athletic for a grand total of 41 days. He was successful as a coach with a string of clubs and utilised his vast experience to manage the Addicks. Lasting only six weeks, Reed was responsible for mammoth defeats, namely 5-1 against Tottenham Hotspur and a cup defeat to Wycombe who were two divisions below. A former Premier League side, Charlton had been in the top flight for nearly a decade but came to an end in the same season. The grim news was eventually delivered to Reed on Christmas Eve.
6. Alex McLeish, Nottingham Forest: 40 days
Former Scotland international Alex McLeish did not fare much better and was only in charge of Nottingham Forest for 40 days in total. The former Birmingham City and Aston Villa coach was at the City Ground for only five weeks. This was largely in part thanks to a disagreement over transfer policies. After discussions with the clubs Kuwaiti backed owners, there was always only going to be one winner.
5. Steve Coppell, Manchester City: 33 days
A brief stint for former Crystal Palace manager Steve Coppell during the 1990’s saw him in charge of Manchester City, currently one of the richest clubs in the world. This short stay ended after just 33 days at the helm with stress as one of the main factors for stepping down from his official post. The ex-Manchester United winger held the reigns for less than seven games.
4. Paul Hart, Queens Park Rangers: 28 days
During the 2009/10 season, Paul Hart was only at QPR for less than 30 days. He was known for a high profile fallout with current AC Milan player Adel Taarabt, while the clubs owners at the time Flavio Briatore agreed his departure citing that it was by ‘mutual consent’.
3. Kevin Cullis and Micky Adams, Swansea City: 7 and 13 days
Welsh side Swansea City have the dubious honour of featuring in the top three positions. During the 1990’s they had half a dozen coaches in the space of just 18 months. Two of these cameo roles were Kevin Cullis and Micky Adams. Cullis took charge of two matches and Adams swiftly followed after less than a fortnight when funds for players did not come to fruition.
2. Martin Ling, Cambridge United: 9 days
Martin Ling was off after just nine days in charge during the 2009/10 season. Cambridge United were in the Conference at the side but this did not detract from a less than harmonious relationship with the chairman at the time. Irreconcilable differences were touted and Ling departed.
1. Leroy Rosenior, Torquay United: 10 minutes
The actual record for the shortest managerial career goes to Torquay United’s Leroy Rosenior who only last a whole ten minutes. In essence, Rosenior was unlucky enough to be in the midst of a club takeover and was presented as manager at the end of the season in May 2007. As soon as Rosenior was announced as manager, a new group informed the press of the takeover and preferred their own boss.
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