Shortest-Serving Managers In English Football History

Jose Mourinho is ‘not surprised’ at the decision by Crystal Palace to sack Frank De Boer, the immediate past manager of the Eagles, Sam Allardyce, thinks it was an unnecessary panic decision with club chairman Steve Parish taking to Twitter to plead with the fans.

Reactions have continued to trail Palace’s decision which came after just 77 days with 4 games under his belt but let’s take a look at the top ten shortest managerial stints in English football history.


10. Steve Claridge – Millwall – 36 days

Steve Claridge was appointed as manager of Millwall in the summer of 2005 but he didn’t even get to start the season. Theo Paphitis replaced him on July 27, 2005.

9. Steve Coppell – Man City – 33 days

In 1996, Former Manchester United player, Steve Coppell was the manager at Manchester City for 6 games in the space of 33 days before he resigned, citing the pressure of the job as his reason.

8. Paul Hart – QPR – 28 days

Paul Hart was appointed QPR manager in December 2009. He lasted just 5 games in 28 days

7. Oscar Garcia – Watford – 27 days

Oscar Garcia was the manager at Vicarage Road in 2014 and presided over the team’s loss to Charlton Athletic. He was admitted to hospital due to minor chest pains and after missing the team’s game against Blackpool, he stepped down from his position after only 27 days.

6. Micky Adams – Swansea – 13 days

It was a poor start to the campaign and there were major disagreements between Adams and the board over transfer funds. Adams walked away from the club after just 13 days at the helm.

5. Martin Ling – Cambridge United – 9 days

Ling was appointed manager by Cambridge in July 2009 but resigned 9 days later. More interestingly, after a board room change weeks later, he was reappointed to manage the team.

4. Billy McKinley – Watford – 8 days

Former assistant to David Moyes at Real Sociedad, McKinley was the head coach at Watford under Oscar Garcia and after Garcia stepped down due to his illness, McKinley was appointed to take over as manager of the team. In another twist 8 days later, McKinley was shown the door and was replaced by Slavisa Jovanovic.

3. Kevin Cullis – Swansea – 7 days

Kevin Cullis resigned after only his second game in charge due to the uncomfortable boardroom power struggle that was going on at the club in that moment.

2. Dave Bassett – Crystal Palace – 4 days

Dave Bassett didn’t actually sign a contract in June 1984 before making a U-turn on his decision to move from Wimbledon to Palace. He said he had a rethink and decided that he had unfinished business at Wimbledon.

1. Leroy Rosenior – Torquay – 10 minutes

In a very dramatic turn of events on May 17 2007, Leroy Rosenior (father of Brighton full-back Liam Rosenior) was traveling to Torquay haven been appointed to replace Keith Curle only to be informed that the club had been sold 10 minutes after his appointment and the new consortium owner had appointed Paul Buckle as manager with immediate effect.