12 of football’s ludicrously brief managerial reigns


Oh, Scholesey: it could have been lovely. But alas, his romantic return to boyhood club Oldham Athletic has been reduce brief immediately after just 31 days. 

In a statement, the former Manchester United midfielder sobbed: “The fans, players, my pals and household all knew how proud and excited I was to take this part. In the brief period considering the fact that I took on the part it however became clear I would not be in a position to operate as I intended and was led to think prior to taking on the part.”

The issue is, although, some of these gaffers would have loved to have been in the job for so lengthy. Other folks could not wait to get out… 

Marcelo Bielsa, Lazio (two days)

P0 W0 D0 L0

On July six, 2016, Bielsa was announced as the new manager of Serie A side Lazio. On July eight, 2016, Bielsa resigned. The Argentine was annoyed by what he saw as broken promises in the transfer marketplace, so quit prior to he’d even got began. A furious Lazio attempted to sue him for €50m. 

Brian Clough, Leeds, 1974 (44 days)

Played 7 Won 1 Drew three Lost three

The brief but infamous stint they produced a film (and book) about. Brian Howard Clough arrived at Elland Road to take more than from Don ‘The Don’ Revie, who’d led Leeds to the league title the preceding season and moved on to the England job.

Clough produced enemies of absolutely everyone he encountered from the outset and was sacked immediately after taking 4 points from a attainable 12. He went to Nottingham Forest and set about winning two European Cups. 

Leroy Rosenior, Torquay, 2007 (10 minutes)

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Appointed just as a consortium took more than the club, and when the ink on the deal was dry they wanted their personal man. In and out inside 600 seconds: a record unlikely to be beaten. 

Les Reed, Charlton, 2006 (41 days)

P8 W1 D1 L6

Reed’s 41-day stint as manager at The Valley saw him win just after and oversee a League Cup defeat to League Two Wycombe Wanderers. The man they nicknamed Les Misérables was sacked on Christmas Eve and replaced by Alan Pardew. He later did very all appropriate as Southampton’s astute head of football improvement, thoughts, earning the south coast club roughly £86bn from transfers to Liverpool alone (ish). 

Alex McLeish, Nottingham Forest, 2012/13 (40 days)

P7 W1 D2 L4

Fresh from taking Birmingham down into the Championship, McLeish replaced Sean O’Driscoll with the short of taking Forest into the Premier League. He lasted 40 days, a disagreement with the Kuwaiti owners more than transfer policy top to his departure “by mutual consent”.

Steve Coppell, Manchester City, 1996 (33 days)

P6 W2 D1 L3

In in between spells in charge at Crystal Palace, Coppell took the major job at Manchester City. Back then, City had been synonymous with epic underachievement, but Coppell packed it in immediately after six games citing pressure.