Following Sam Allardyce’s resignation as England’s manager after it emerged that he had rubbished the F.A in a meeting with undercover journalists posing as foreign firm owners, and also offered to help circumvent transfer regulations for a fee of £400,00, here are other managerial reigns that didn’t last as long as Big Sam’s 67-day reign.
Club : NorthEast United
Duration : 53 days
Some months ago, the Brazilian was appointed to take charge of the Indian Super League club. But even before leading them to a debut game, he changed his mind and rejoined Suphanburi FC who he had just recently left.
Club : Leeds United
Duration : 44 days
3 years after Guardiola’s birth, Clough was already a master in ditching key players at clubs. And that cost him his job just after a month of taking over at Elland Road. He was already a vocal critic of the club’s big players as an outsider, so it came as a surprise that he was ever appointed in the first place.
Club : Nottingham Forest
Duration : 40 days
The Championship side appointed him coach in December 2012, but due to a huge disagreement with the club’s Kuwaiti owners over transfer policies, he left by Mutual Consent.
Club : Manchester City
Duration : 33 days
20 years ago, the head coach of the Kerala Blasters of the Indian Super League took charge of City having left Crystal Palace only to leave after a month. His reason : inability to cope with the pressure of the job.
Club : QPR
Duration : 28 days
Following Jim Magilton’s exit from Queens Park Rangers in December 2009, Hart was promptly appointed. But after only 5 games in charge, he also exited.
José Antonio Camacho
Club : Real Madrid
Duration : 22 days
The Spaniard took charge of the La Liga giants in 1998, but left just after 3 weeks and a day following clash of opinions between him and club’s management. He returned in 2004 only to spend few months before resigning, this time due to poor run of results.
Club : Crystal Palace
Duration : Four days
In June 1984, the English man agreed to coach Crystal Palace, then a 2nd division side. However, he was yet to sign a contract and finally had a change of mind by going back to his former side Wimbledon. In his words,
“I gave it some serious thought, but in the end it just did not feel right. We have unfinished business, and I didn’t really want to leave here.”
He returned to Selhurst Park eventually in 1998 to great success.
Club : Lazio
Duration : 48 hours
Prior to the start of this season, the Argentine left the Serie A outfit barely 2 days after his appointment, and his reason was because enough signings weren’t made as earlier agreed upon before his confirmation as head coach.
Club : Levski Sofia
Duration : 24 hours
In what was a clear bitter rivalry grudge, Levski fans weren’t happy with the appointment of Petev, a self-proclaimed fan of CSKA Sofia. Fans of the club mobbed him during his official presentation in a press conference and stripped him of their club’s Jersey. He offered his resignation letter the following day.
Club : Torquay United
Duration : 10 minutes
The National League side appointed their former coach in 2007 in a meeting upon their relegation to the Conference Premier from the Football League One. However, minutes after, he was relieved of his duties as a new owner had bought up the club during another meeting that held simultaneously with his appointment’s.