Worst 10 Premier League managers ever including miserable Spurs and Villa spells
Management is a tough gig, we all know that.
Granted, we all think that we might be able to do the job that the highly-paid, usually well-dressed figure in the dugout is doing, but we don't know that for certain.
Sometimes, for all of your positive intent and purpose, things just don't go to plan.
And that is exactly what happened during these 10 nightmare stints in charge of Premier League clubs.
Whether it was through poor tactics, losing the players, a lack of trust from the board or just being plain awful, these 10 bosses endured torrid times in charge of their various clubs.
That's why we remember them as 10 of the division's worst bosses.
10. Felix Magath, Fulham
The first German to manage in the Premier League ought to have been a major coup for Fulham given the success he’d enjoyed at Bayern Munich earlier in his career when he won two Bundesliga titles.
But instead he left Craven Cottage in September 2014, six months after arriving, having failed to keep them in the Premier League and having lost his first four games in the Championship.
His overall record read: W4, D4, L12.
Oh, and he tried to get Brede Hangeland to use a cheese curd wrapped in a dressing to help alleviate swelling around a knee.
9. Remi Garde, Aston Villa
Villa were bottom of the Premier League when the Frenchman arrived in November 2015 and bottom when he left the following March.
They didn’t win their first game under Garde until the January of that season and managed only one more in the league before the campaign ended.
Garde left midway through a run that saw them lose 12 of 13 games, drawing the other one, and unsurprisingly Villa finished bottom, with just 17 points from 38 matches.
8. Egil Olsen, Wimbledon
The football wasn’t pretty but it was damn effective as Olsen oversaw Norway’s march up the FIFA rankings to an incredible second in an eight-year reign that ended after the World Cup in 1998.
And it was the success he enjoyed with his national team which prompted Wimbledon’s then-Norwegian owners to recruit him.
Olsen loved a long ball, but by the time he arrived at the Dons in 1999 the players there wanted a more finessed approach to the game and he was sacked within 12 months, with the club being relegated from the Premier League for the first time in 14 years.
7. Paolo Di Canio, Sunderland
Director David Miliband resigned and Durham Miners’ Association held protests over the Italian firebrand’s appointment at the Stadium of Light because of his political leanings, setting the tone for a tumultuous six months in charge.
He managed to keep Sunderland up at the end of the 2012-13 season but was sacked little more than a month into the following season with CEO Margaret Byrne claiming senior players had approached her and his position had become untenable because of ‘brutal and vitriolic’ criticism of the squad.
6. Pepe Mel, West Brom
The one positive West Brom fans take from the Spaniard’s time at their club was the fact he kept them up in the Premier League with a 17th-placed finish in 2014.
But there certainly weren’t any tears shed when he left the Baggies by mutual consent the day after the season ended.
His record of three wins in 17 games saw to that.
5. Jan Siewert, Huddersfield
The rot had set in well before Siewert arrived at Huddersfield but 12 defeats and two draws in 15 Premier League games was not the return the Terriers were looking for when they brought him in to replace David Wagner.
Siewert is still only 37 and will hopefully be given another chance soon.
But when opportunity does knock again for the German, it won’t be an English top-flight club at his door.
4. Steve Wigley, Southampton
Plenty of Southampton fans feared Wigley wasn’t ready for such a big job given his only previous experience as a manager was a three-year spell at Aldershot.
And they were right.
He lasted just 14 matches after succeeding Paul Sturrock and registered only one win in that time — albeit over arch-rivals Portsmouth.
3. Bob Bradley, Swansea
The first American to coach in the Premier League did so for just 85 days.
Of the 11 games for which he was in charge, the Swans lost two and drew seven, with a 4-1 hammering at the Liberty Stadium by West Ham proving the final straw.
Swansea did score a reasonable amount of goals under Bradley but, the trouble was, they conceded bundles as well — 29 flew in during his short stay.
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2. Jacques Santini, Tottenham
Arrived at Tottenham with a reputation as one of the finest coaches France had produced but lasted just 13 games before quitting for ‘personal reasons’, later admitting that he had frustrations with sporting director Frank Arnesen.
One of the issues was that Santini had wanted an attacking midfielder but Arnesen signed Michael Carrick from West Ham and, during the Frenchman’s reign, the player would be given just 19 minutes of first-team football.
Carrick went on to win five Premier League titles, the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League following a £24.5million move to Manchester United; Santini took a job at Auxerre in 2005 and was sacked in 2006.
1. Frank De Boer, Crystal Palace
Palace wanted the Frank De Boer who’d managed Ajax to four Eredivisie titles in six seasons but got the Frank De Boer who’d lasted just 85 days at Inter Milan.
His stay in south London was eight days more brief than his sojourn to Italy, with Palace beaten in all four of the games for which he was in charge.
They didn’t score a single goal in any of them, either, prompting the club to pull the plug on the Dutchman and fast with Roy Hodgson coming in to steady the tiller.
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