Managers are often dismissed for either poor on-field performance, a breakdown in relations with the club owner, or increasing pressure to turn things around.
Although managers come and go, 70% have a short stint, and the other 30% stay with a lot of pressure and utmost scrutiny from the media and the fans.
According to “Le Professeur” in 2019, the former Arsenal manager likened been a manager to living on a volcano, any day could be your last. Apparently, that’s exactly what the profession dishes out to every manager on the job.
With the way managers are been relieved of their duties over the years, it’s quite alarming and raises questions about when a manager should be sack which remains one of the most contentious issues.
That said, now in modern football club owners, chairman or director really don’t care about the aforementioned, since all they wanted is an instant success.
Without further ado, CheapGoals has dug into a chunk of the shortest managerial stints
- Gian Piero Gasperini – (5 Games, 3 Months)
The case of Gasperini with Inter Milan when he was appointed as their next manager back in 2011, could be likened to dead on arrival.
The current Atalanta gaffer was appointed by then Inter owner Massimo Moratti, following a brilliant season with Genoa to replace Leonardo.
Gasperson as he’s often called by Genoa fans hit the ground running with terrible on-field performances. Losing four of his five matches in charge including the Italian Super Cup loss to arch-rival Milan, a Champions League defeat to Turkish side Trabzonspor, and a shameful defeat to newly-promoted Novara.
All of the accumulated defeat didn’t go down well with Moratti, who thought he had brought in the messiah manager for the club, he was then sacked with a zero percent win rate in just three months on the managerial position.
He later confessed his Inter career “was the worst moment of his managerial career”, “At that point, everything had already been decided, there was an absurd climate around us and the players were already resigned to their fate, we got everything wrong”.
However, since then Gasper has gone on to build a brilliant reputation for himself as a manager, especially with his swashbuckling “La Dea” (The Goddess) side in the Seria A and Europe.
- Leroy Rosenior – (0 Game, 10 Minutes)
Rosenior was a striker for most of his career, and he was a decent player throughout his professional career, but sadly he wasn’t a brilliant manager when he took up the managerial role at Torquay United in 2007.
The former Sierra Leone player sacking at Torquay was the quickest managerial stint in the history of English football, with zero game and 10 minutes on the job. A record he would likely hold forever, having been appointed by the lower side in 2007 following their relegation out of the football league replacing Keith Curle.
Ironically, his appointment by “The Gulls” was a return to a familiar team he had managed for four years from 2002 to 2006. Unfortunately for Rosenior, upon his appointment as the gaffer of The Gulls, a consortium bought fifty-one percent of the club shares from then chairman Mike Bateson, and surprisingly the first order of the consortium was to relieved Rosenior of his job before his first game.
Ten years later when speaking to the media, Rosenior said:
“I went down, did the press conference and Mike rang me about 10 minutes later”. “I thought he was joking but he said, you’re not going to believe this, but they’ve given me the offer I want”.
- Luigi Del Neri – (0 Game, 36 Days)
The departure of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea in 2004 following a breathtaking success with the Dragoa side brought about the appointment of Del Neri as Jose’s successor.
The Italian earned himself a brilliant reputation back in Italy with his impressive work in bringing Chievo from Seria B to the topflight.
After his announcement as Jose’s successor, many were of the opinion that he would do a brilliant job with the Portuguese giant, considering how he tutored a smaller team in history, culture, and perhaps financial capability compared to Porto who are European champions as at that time.
Del Neri couldn’t build on the successes Jose left behind, he was sacked before the season began with club President Jorge Pinto Costa citing his lackadaisical way of failing to keep to time, after missing a training session. The Dragoa officials were also irritated with the amount of time Del Neri spent away from the club.
Del Neri took two days off during his time with Porto and also missed a training session claiming he missed flight connections while returning to Portugal, all of his excessive excuses didn’t go down well with the board and coupled with the way he’s handling the team.
- Billy McKinlay – (2 Games, 8 Days)
Watford board was very notorious for their nonchalant ways of sacking managers since the takeover of the club in 2012 by the Pozzo family.
The Scot, McKinlay became Watford’s third manager the Hornets had employed following the departure of Oscar Garcia less than two months into the job due to ill health.
However, despite McKinlay guiding the Hornets just for two games with a win and a draw in his first two games in charge, he was sacked having only used eight days on the managerial post with Watford.
Replacing McKinlay at the club was former Partizan Belgrade gaffer Slavisa Jokanovic, who was also relieved of the job after winning promotion from the Championship to the topflight. He admitted he was ‘disappointed and surprised to have lost his job after just eight days in charge with the Hornets.
- Jorg Berger – (1 Game, 5 Days)
In the 2008-09 Bundesliga season, Arminia Bielefeld was going through a torrid time in the league. In order to rescue their season, they brought in Berger an experienced manager with over 39 years of managerial experience in Germany.
The destiny of “Die Blauen” survival rest on avoiding a defeat and getting a must-win against their opponent Hannover 96. Sadly, Berger couldn’t save Die Blauen from relegating after drawing against their opposition which sent them down to the second tier of German football “Bundesliga II”.
Despite the belief the Bielefeld board had in Berger, having built the reputation of helping teams avoiding relegation in German football. Unfortunately, the “Fireman” as his nickname suggests couldn’t conjure enough firepower and magic to help Die Blauen avoid going down, as such he was shown the exit door just five days in charge.
- Paul Scholes – (7 Games, 31 Days)
When the former Manchester United midfield maestro was appointed as Oldham Athletic manager it was a piece of good news for every united fan as they thought he’s probably the chosen one the club needed to change things off and on the pitch.
Surprisingly less than four weeks to his appointment, his resignation from the position left many astonished having claimed he couldn’t cope with the mounting pressure from the club owner, Abdallah Lemsagam, who once told him not to pick a player for an upcoming match.
According to Scholes, “Once I get told don’t play him, that’s when it is time for me to go”.
Paul Scholes lasted just seven games in charge of his boyhood club in League Two, winning only one game out of the seven games he oversees.
Apparently, given the farcical nature of life at Oldham and the persistent meddling of the owner with the team affairs, it’s quite understandable for Scholes to resign.
- Serse Cosmi – (4 Games, 34 Days)
Erratic and volatile Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini is undoubtedly the most unsatisfied and one of the worst club owners in terms of on-field performances.
The Italian has made no fewer than 18 managerial changes since 2007, changing coaches like clothes.
Cosmi was another victim of Zamparini’s brutality in sacking coaches after just four games in charge of Palermo when he lost scandalously to rival Catania.
Following the exit of Cosmi, Delio Rossi has rehired, the man whom Cosmi replaced when he was appointed, Rossi also only lasted until the end of the season on the job. After Cosmi’s sack, he said he feels betrayed by Palermo President that not even a month into his coaching tenure with the Sicilian side before he was sacked.
- Alan Shearer – (8 Games, 51 Days)
The change of fortune and upsurge the Newcastle fans expected from club legend Alan Shearer was never fulfilled when he was appointed to take the role for the final eight games of the 2008-09 season, with the Toon Army in 18th place on the league table.
After eight games in charge of the Tyneside club, Alan could only manage to pick up five points from a possible 24, leaving the club in the same relegation spot he met them, as Newcastle flirted with the risk of going down to the Championship which was their faith at the end of the season.
Shearer was Newcastle’s fourth manager in the season in review, claiming “he came in expecting to turn things around, he said he wore a look of shock, and shame at the depth of the mess he inherited”.
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- Steve Bruce – (8 Games, 55 Days)
Current Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has a well-earned reputation for leaving football clubs in unsteady situations, Crystal Palace fans are well-positioned to testify to that fact. However, in Wigan’s case, you cannot blame the gaffer for his early exit.
In 2001, Bruce took his third managerial job at Wigan where he picked up eleven points from the final eight games of the season, which was enough to secure a second division playoff place for the Latics.
Following the elimination of Wigan from the play-offs by Reading, Bruce left the Latics for Crystal Palace a club he also left in similar situations he lasted less than three months on the job.
Bruce’s stint at Wigan is one that came with a lot of unpleasant situations, the Latics had lost the powerful Wilson Palacios and Emile Heskey to Spurs and Aston Villa respectively, while fans favorite Antonio Valencia is rumored to be on his way to United.
With all of the experience and brilliant players who left for bigger clubs, Bruce’s head was turned with the approach from Sunderland as the offer and project on the table looks quite awesome and impossible to reject.
- Alex McLeish – (7 Games, 40 Days)
McLeish joined Nottingham Forest one of the English clubs with a rich history in 2012. The Scottish left the Reds just five weeks in charge of the team.
By July when everything was looking fine with the club, and the fans in a much happier mood with what their darling team is doing, Nottingham Forest’s new owners outlined a three to five years business plan aimed at restoring the club to the topflight.
Sadly, the Kuwaiti owners pulled out of the business deal, and McLeish wasn’t seen as the messiah to help in taking the club to the promised land and he was shown the exit door to later brought in George Boyd in the January window.
It’s was also believed that the Scottish poor on-field performances with one win in seven games also contributed to his exit at the club. In a statement confirming how he left the club, Alex claimed he departed via mutual consent “a difference of understanding of the development strategy”.
Super League: Respect & Dialogue Needed To Restore Normality
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, disapproving the concept of Super League
President Gianni Infantino has called for respect and dialogue as he expressed FIFA’s strong disapproval of the proposed European Superleague project, and has requested that the concerned parties consider their position in line with respecting the institutions that exist to protect the interest of national, European, and global football.
“FIFA is an organization which is built on values, the true values of sport,” said the FIFA President in his address to the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Montreux, Switzerland.
“It is an organization that is built on our statutes, the statutes that define the institutional framework, with the pyramid, with FIFA, the confederations, the associations, the leagues, the clubs, the players. And at FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove of the creation of a super league which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA, which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval for this.”
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, and a model that he promoted in his 16 years at UEFA:
“FIFA is here, and I am here today as FIFA President, to bring full support to European football, to UEFA, and the 55 member associations of UEFA and of FIFA, to the leagues, clubs, players, and to fans. To all the fans, all over Europe, and actually all over the world as well.”
“We can see that there is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some,” the FIFA President added. “People need to think very carefully, they need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, but they need to think about all the people, of all the fans, of all those who have contributed to making European football what it is today. It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than one hundred years. People – with love, with passion, with commitment – have created all this. And we need to protect this. It is our task.”
“FIFA is a democratic organization, an organization that is open,” the FIFA President concluded. “Everyone can bring ideas and proposals, but always with respect for the institutions, leagues, associations, UEFA, and FIFA.
With respect for the history and with the respect for the passion of so many people around the world. I understand as well that on these particular days, emotions are very high, but we need to always keep the line. Football is hope, and it is our responsibility to make hope a reality. So we hope that everything will go back to normal and that everything will be settled, but always with acting responsibly, with respect, with solidarity, and always in the interest of national, European, and global football.”
2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick
Hansi Flick awesome reign with the Bavarian giant is gradually winding down, as it’s looking likely that he may not further manage the Die Roten next season.
Bayern Munich’s quest to win the Champions League consecutively came to end on Tuesday night, via the UEFA’s away goal rules having lost the first leg at home to Paris Saint Germain in the quarter-finals despite being the better side at home.
The Bavarian giant will now focus on league duty and they’re no doubt the team in pole position to win the Bundesliga, as the 2020-21 campaign is gradually coasting home with fewer games left to be played. In that regard, there is a great need for Die Roten to start preparing for next season administration and coaching wise.
The friction relationship between Hansi Flick and the Sports Director has broken down to such as extent that the manager has decided to terminate his current contract.
Hansi Flick sent shock waves through German football on Saturday after a 3-2 win over Wolfburg which keeps the Bavarian in pole position to retain the league title. Hansi Flick issued a statement about his decision to exit when the current campaign draws to a close.
“I told the team today that I informed the club during the week, after the game in Paris, I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season.
“It was important to me that the team learn this from me because there was already a lot of hallway rumours going around.
“We’ve done a great job together for almost two years. I’m absolutely impressed with this team, their quality and their attitude.”
He added: “I also want to thank the club that gave me the chance to manage this incredible team.
“This decision was not easy for me. I’m a fan of this club. Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge all were childhood idols for me.
“I’m eternally grateful to the club for the chance they gave me to become head coach here.”
It’s quite evident that a new manager would be appointed to pave way for a new rebuild of the team especially with the looming departure of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez.
Two potential top managers that could succeed Hansi Flick, should he accept Die Mannschaft managerial position.
- Julien Nagelsmann – (RB Leipzig)
Nagelsmann has been rumoured as a possible replacement to succeed not one but many managers in Europe’s top-flight leagues whose future with their respective clubs are not guaranteed. This time around, the 33-year-old has been rumoured to be one of the possible potential managers to succeed Hansi Flick.
It could be argued that Nagelsmann is the tailor-made manager to take over the reins at the Allianz Arena, and there is no doubt RB Leipzig manager would certainly harbour the dream of managing one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Nagelsmann is presently focusing on the job at hand with RB Leipzig, plus the fact that he’s still under contract with his employers until the end of the 2022-23 season.
With RB Leipzig and Nagelsmann flying high in the Bundesliga in terms of team performances, with next season European football spot already secured, the club’s Executive Director Oliver Mintzlaff may consider letting him leave to join their rival.
However, it’s left to be seen how things would shape up at the end of the campaign.
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- Jurgen Klopp – (Liverpool)
The relationship the German tactician has achieved thus far with Liverpool started in 2015 when he joined the Kop from Borussia Dortmund, since then he has achieved quite an incredible success with the Reds winning their first league title after thirty years and a Champions League triumph.
Liverpool were eliminated early in both domestic cup competitions and failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and it’s quite impossible to say that the Kop will defend their title with their current epileptic form in the Premier League especially when it’s looking done and dusted that the cityzen would clinch the title.
Having used close to six years with Liverpool since he joined the Anfield side, this could be the perfect time for the former Borussia Dortmund manager to take up a new challenge. However, despite Liverpool’s unpalatable 2020-21 campaign, the German has often reiterated that he is in no way finished at Liverpool, despite been link to the Bayern Munich and Die Mannschaft managerial position.
Given his incredible success with BVB, it’s quite evident that he would one day go on to manage either Die Roten or Die Mannschaft. Should Bayern secure the service of Klopp, he would certainly be the right and wise choice for the Bavarian giant.
At the end of the campaign, there would be a breath of fresh air in the Bavarian giant camp, with the new CEO Oliver Kahn taking the mantle of leadership from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. In that sense, it’s left to be seen if the incoming leader would sanction the appointment of a new manager or stick with Hansi Flick. Only time would tell.