Being a football manager is probably one of the most precarious professions you could choose in modern day Britain.
Managers are never too far away from getting the sack as clubs count the cost of every defeat and start to press the panic button when they slip closer to relegation or look like they are going to miss out on promotion.
It has been stated that the average manager lasts just 1.4 years in his job. So, for every Arsène Wenger, who is currently in his 18th year in charge of Arsenal Football Club, there are countless other managers who have been sacked from their posts long before they have had time to get comfortable.
Loveaflutter is going to take a look at the five of the shortest manager reigns in English football history.
Brian Clough 44 days.
Brian Clough’s time in charge of Leeds United in 1974, when they were champions of England, is perhaps the most well-known shortest managerial reigns in football history. It has been made into a feature film called the Damned United. His time in charge at Elland Road, where he took over from the club’s most successful manager Don Revie, started with him telling the players that they could throw all the medals they had one in the previous decade into the biggest bin they could find as they had won them all by cheating.
Clough disliked Leeds United’s rough tactics during the late 1960s and early 70s and set about trying to change their style. However, he alienated most of the Leeds squad and after failing to win any of his first six games he was shown the door as manager.
Darko Milanic – 32 days.
You may think Brian Clough will go down as Leeds United most unsuccessful manager, but you’d be wrong. The 2014/15 season saw Leeds United go through quite a few managers. The season started with Dave Hockaday in charge but he was sacked after just six games. However, because he had been in charge of pre-season that year it meant he beat his successor, in terms of days in his post, by some considerable distance. Slovenian Milanic came to the club as manager with a good reputation having guided Maribor to European football in his home country. However, Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino labelled his appointment ‘a mistake’ after six games, claiming that he was too negative and sacked after three draws and three defeats.
Steve Coppell – 33 days.
In the mid-1990s Steve Coppell left Manchester City after just six games in charge as manager. He cited pressure of the job as the reason for leaving, although his relationship with the chairman, problems in his personal life and City’s spiralling debt at the time probably all added to the strain he was under. He returned to his beloved Crystal Palace as manager before going on to have a successful spell in charge of Reading.
Alex McLeish – 40 days.
Alex McLeish left Nottingham Forest after just five weeks in charge as manager following a fall out with the club’s Kuwaiti owners. He was not the most popular choice among Forest supporters when he was appointed, thanks to his negative, long ball tactics. Then when he tried to sign George Boyd on transfer deadline day in January 2013 the deal fell through at the last minute, with reports that the owners had already decided to part with their Scottish boss as the reason. Sure enough McLeish left the manager post days later.
Leroy Rosenior – 10 minutes.
Rosenior’s time in charge of Torquay United in 2007 will take some beating as the shortest reign of any football manager. He had the misfortune of taking over the Gulls hotseat minutes before then chairman Mike Bateson sold the club to a local consortium. The new owners didn’t want Rosenior in charge and sacked him as manager immediately.