2013/14 Managerial Casualties

We will be keeping you up-to-speed with all the latest managerial departures during the new 2013/14 English football season. Here you can keep track on the managers who don't make it through to May...

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May 2014

Brian McDermott, Leeds United, mutual consent 30th May

Brian McDermott

It came as no surprise to learn that Leeds United and Brian McDermott had parted ways at the end of May. The former Reading boss was expected to leave Elland Road during the summer after enduring a difficult relationship with the club's controversial owner Massimo Cellino, plus a 15th-place finish certainly didn't help his cause.

Back in January when Cellino was trying to take over the club, he shocked the Leeds faithful by sacking McDermott, only to reinstate him three days later following widespread uproar. However, McDermott's confidence obviously took a knock, while the players were obviously affected by all the drama as their play-off hopes fell apart.

Mauricio Pochettino, Southampton, resigned 27th May

Mauricio PochettinoMauricio Pochettino resigned from his post at Southampton after 18 months in order to become the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur. The popular Argentine enjoyed a superb spell in time of the Saints, and departs the south coast having secured an 8th place finish with a record Premier League points tally.

Pochettino won numerous admirers for his possession based style of football, while he was also credited with propelling the youngsters through to the first team from the club's exceptional academy. In total the 42-year-old won 38%, draw 30% and lost 32% of his games at the helm.

Tim Sherwood, Tottenham Hotspur, sacked 13th May

Tim SherwoodDespite having the best managerial win record of any of the recent managers at White Hart Lane, Tim Sherwood was dismissed as manager of Tottenham Hotspur by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who activated an exit clause in the managers contract.

Sherwood ended his season with the side sitting in the sixth place slot in the Premier League table, narrowly missing out on the Europa League place for next season as they finished on 69 points, three points behind fifth place Everton.

Oscar Garcia, Brighton & Hove Albion, resigns 13th May

Oscar GaricaWeeks before the end of season Garica agreed with the board at Brighton that he would resign from his position as manager of the Championship side if he failed to take the club to the play off finals at Wembley. For the second year in succession Brighton failed to advance past the semi final stage in the Championship play offs, leaving Garcia to honour his words and depart.

The Seagulls finished in sixth place in the 2013/14 Championship table on 72 points.

Pepe Mel, West Bromwich Albion, mutual consent, 12th May

Pepe MelAfter five months in charge of West Bromwich Albion the Spanish manager was dismissed from his post at the West Midlands club. Pepe Mel was less than a third into his 18-month contract at The Hawthorns and had secured (just) their Premier League status. The side finished the season on 36 points in 17th place and just three points away from the relegation zone.

It took Mel a full seven games before he achieved his first win with the side in March against Swansea, eventually he managed to win only three games of his 17 in charge of the Baggies.

April 2014

David Moyes, Manchester United, sacked 22nd April

David Moyes

David Moyes' shocking tenure in charge of Manchester United came to an end on April 22, just 10 months into his six-year contract. The much criticised Scot had endured a torrid time since succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson in May, with the devastating defeat to his former side Everton ironically proving to be the final straw.

Moyes leaves United down in 7th in the table, 13 points adrift of the top-4, and a staggering 20 points off league leaders Liverpool. United's form in 2014 has been particularly woeful, with the Red Devils losing 10 of their 22 games in all competitions, registering a win percentage of just 41%. Meanwhile the club were dumped out of the domestic cups following surprise defeats at home to Swansea and Sunderland, whereas Bayern Munich put them to bed in the Champions League.

Ronnie Moore, Tranmere Rovers, sacked 9th April

Ronnie Moore

Tranmere Rovers sacked their disgraced manager Ronnie Moore after he admitted to breaking the Football Association's betting rules. The 61-year-old had been suspended since February following an investigation, but on 6th April was relieved of his duties at the League One club.

Moore had been in his second spell in charge of Rovers, having previously managed the Merseyside club between 2006 and 2009. He returned in March 2012 and saved Rovers from relegation, while they finished 11th last season.

Chris Hughton, Norwich City, sacked 6th April

Chris HughtonAfter just under two years in charge at Norwich City, Hughton was sacked following the sides defeat to fellow relegation contenders West Bromwich Albion. The defeat leaves Norwich in 17th place in the table, one place above the relegation zone and five points clear of closet rivals Fulham.

Although Hughton was clearly struggling the decision to sack the manager and replace him with youth team coach, Neil Adams may have raised some eyebrows as the Canaries face a tough fixture list which sees the club set to face Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.

March 2014

John Ward, Bristol Rovers - replaced 28th March

John WardRovers boss John Ward has been moved to the position of director of football with the League Two club and he has been replaced as manager by his assistant manager, Darrell Clarke.

Ward was serving his second spell in charge of Rovers Bristol Rovers when he arrived in December 2012 replacing the departed Mark McGhee

Clarke arrived with the Pirates in June 2013 after leading Salisbury to promotion to the Conference Premier.

Richie Barker, Portsmouth - sacked 27th March

Richie Barker

After just under four months in charge of the League Two club Richie Barker was sacked by the south coast club following their 3-0 defeat against Rochdale which was their six game in a row without a win and their third loss on the bounce.

The decision to sack Barker is order for Portsmouth to boost their chances of Football League survival with the club having just seven fixtures left to play with three of those including fellow relegation contenders.

Billy Davies, Nottingham Forest - sacked 24th March

Billy Davies

Billy Davies lost the Nottingham Forest job for a second time, less than 48 hours after his struggling side were thrashed 5-0 in the East Midlands Derby by play-off rivals Derby County. The defeat extended the club's winless run to seven Championship games, and it also saw them slip out of the top-six, much to the anger of owner Fawaz Al Hasawi.

The decision was not a surprising one considering the club's slump, although it came less than six months after Davies had signed a new four-year deal at the City Ground. Prior to their recent slump Forest had been in contention for an automatic promotion spot, although that goal is now out of the question. Since re-joining the club in February 2013 Davies came within a whisker of securing a play-off spot, only to agonisingly miss out on the final day of the 2012/13 campaign.

Chris Powell, Charlton - sacked 11th March

Chris Powell

Chris Powell lost his job at Charlton in the wake of the club's disappointing defeat to League One side Sheffield United in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. The Addicks had been struggling for form in the Championship, with four defeats in their last five games leaving them rock-bottom of the table.

The decision to sack Powell was a surprising one considering that just days earlier the former defender appeared to sign a new deal at the Valley. However, his relationship with the club's new owner, Roland Duchatelet, was strained at best, with the latter deciding to pull the plug and bring in Jose Riga as Powell's replacement.

February 2014

Rene Meulensteen, Fulham - sacked 14th February

Rene Meulensteen

Rock-bottom Fulham sacked their second manager of the season after sending Rene Meulensteen packing after just 75 days at the helm. The Dutchman had only been in the dugout since early December but the Cottagers decided that a change needed to be made following just four wins from 17 games in charge.

It is safe to say that Meulensteen has not enjoyed his venture into management, as earlier in the season he lost his job at Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala after a remarkable 16 days. As a coach he was part of Sir Alex Ferguson's team at Man Utd, a venue he enjoyed great success at, having helped the club win a plethora of trophies.

Michael Laudrup, Swansea City - sacked, 4th February

Michael Laudrup

Swansea City sacked Michael Laudrup just under a year after he led the club to Capital One Cup glory. The Dane had been under pressure following a run of just one win in 10 Premier League games, which included six defeats, but was seemingly safe after Swans chairman Hue Jenkins dismissed claims that he would be axed.

However, just 24 hours later and Laudrup had been ruthlessly dismissed, with his final game in charge proving to be a 2-0 defeat at West Ham, a loss which left the Welsh side just two points above the relegation zone. In total Laudrup won 29, drew 24 and lost 31 of his 84 games in charge.

January 2014

Chris Wilder, Oxford United - resigned, 25th January

Chris Wilder

Chris Wilder resigned from his post at Oxford United in order to take charge of fellow League Two side Northampton Town manager. The decision was a surprising one considering that promotion chasing Oxford were 18 places and 23 points above the rock-bottom Cobblers.

Despite his bizarre departure it can't be argued that Wilder’s five year reign at the U's was undoubtedly a successful one, having recorded 121 wins and 70 draws from his 269 games in charge. The obvious highlight was winning the Conference Premier in 2009/10, while he has since made the club an established League Two side.

Paul Ince, Blackpool - sacked, 21st January

Paul Ince

After two days of heavy speculation Blackpool sacked Paul Ince after less than a year in charge at Bloomfield Road. The future of the under-fire boss had been in severe doubt following a wretched run of form, which had seen the Championship club lose nine and draw one of their last 10 games in all competitions.

It was a fary cry from the start of the season whereby the Seasiders stormed out of the blocks by winning five and drawing one of their opening six games, which was their best ever start to a league campaign. However, after failing to win a single game since November the club opted to make a fresh change in the dugout.

Graham Turner - Shrewsbury Town, resigned 21st January

Graham Turner After four years in charge Graham Turner has stepped down as manager of the League One outfit, bringing a close to his second spell in charge of the club (his first being his managerial debut which ran from 1978-1984). The resignation follows their 3-0 defeat at home to Rotherham which was their third successive defeat.

Although Turner led Shrewsbury to promotion back into the third teir in the 2011/12 season and then he managed to keep them up the in 2012/13 the team are now struggling and at the time of Turner's resignation they were in the 20th spot in League One.

Alan Knill, Torquay United - sacked, 2nd January

Alan Knill

Alan Knill became the first managerial casualty of 2014 after Torquay United terminated his contract at Plainmoor. The Gulls endured a poor first-half of the season, winning just five of their opening 24 League Two games. Back-to-back defeats to fierce rivals Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle ultimately cost Knill his job, with the painful results leaving the club 23rd in the table.

Knill took over on a permanent basis in May 2013 following three months as caretaker boss. He now departs with a record of nine wins, 12 draws and 20 defeats from 41 games in charge.

December 2013

Malky Mackay, Cardiff - sacked, 27th December

Malky Mackay

Malky Mackay became the fourth Premier League boss to lose his job in what proved to be a torrid December for top-flight managers. It was the worst kept secret in football with Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan ruthlessly axing the popular gaffer, who had the full support of the Bluebirds faithful.

Mackay took over the Welsh club in June and last season become the first manager in the club's history to lead them up to the Premier League after winning the Championship. The club enjoyed a reasonable start to life in the top-tier, with highlights including wins over Man City and fierce rivals Swansea. However, after a public row with Tan it was only a matter of time before the controversial Malaysian businessman acted, with Mackay's final match a 3-0 defeat at home to Southampton.

Steve Lomas, Millwall - sacked, 26th December

Steve Lomas

Steve Lomas was sent packing on Boxing Day following Millwall's 4-0 defeat away to Watford, which was their third loss on the spin. The former West Ham player failed to win over the supporters during a torrid six months in charge at the New Den.

It was always going to be difficult for Lomas to endear himself to the Lions faithful following his controversial appointment during the summer. He was unable to inspire them due to poor results on the pitch, with the Lions winning just five wins of his 22 matches in charge.

Aidy Boothroyd, Northampton Town - sacked, 21st December

Aidy Boothroyd

Another poor result for Northampton Town ended Aidy Boothroyd's tenure as manager of the League Two side. The 4-1 defeat by Wycombe was the clubs 14th loss this season and it leaves the Cobblers at the bottom of the table on 18 points from 21 games.

Boothroyd took control of Northampton in November 2011 with the side in danger of being relegated from League Two, he guided to them to safety and in the following season took them to the play-offs and the final at Wembley but the side have struggled winning only four games.

Gianfranco Zola, Watford - resigned, 16th December

Gianfranco Zola

Gianfranco Zola decided it was time to step down from his position at Vicarage Road following a dismal run of nine games without a win. Watford's failure to win since early October had seen them drop well off the pace in the Championship, with league leaders QPR a whopping 17 points ahead after 20 games.

The former West Ham boss leaves the Hornets with 33 wins, 15 draws and 27 defeats from his 75 games in charge. He will be remembered fondly at the Hertfordshire club after coming agonisingly close to leading them up the Premier League in his first season in charge. They narrowly lost to Crystal Palace in the play-off final but the memories of their stunning late semi-final win will long live in the memory.

Andre Villas-Boas, Tottenham Hotspur - sacked, 16th December


The plug was pulled on Andre Villas-Boas by Daniel Levy and the Tottenham board following Spurs humiliating 5-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool in front of the White Hart Lane faithful on Sunday, 15th December and it was a matter of when rather than if following that loss.

Less than 24 hours later, the former Porto and Chelsea boss was given his marching orders after the North London club struggled to find any sort of consistency in the Premier League, winning just eight of their first 16 games of the season.

Steve Clarke, West Bromwich Albion - sacked, 14th December

Steve Clarke

The sacking of Steve Clarke by West Brom was something of a shock as the former Liverpool and Chelsea assistant had only been in charge at the Hawthorns for 18 months and had guided the Baggies to their highest ever Premier League finish last season. However, just three wins from 16 games this season, including four straight defeats, culminating in the 1-0 defeat at Cardiff saw the Albion board call time on the 50-year-old.

The Midlands club are now placed 16th in the Premier League on 15 points from 16 games and just two points away from the relegation zone.

Owen Coyle, Wigan Athletic - mutual agreement 1st December

Owen Coyle

In a day that will be referred to by future football historians as "Black Sunday" it was indeed a dark day for football managers as Wigan boss Owen Coyle became the third and final manager to leave his club by "mutual consent" on this day in a weekend that has been one of the busiest ever on the sackrace.

Coyle had only been in charge of the Latics for less than six months taking over from the Everton bound Roberto Martinez but their 3-1 home defeat against Derby was the sides fourth loss from five games and the team are now in the bottom half of the Championship table in 14th place on 22 points from 16 games.

Dave Jones, Sheffield Wednesday - sacked 1st December

Dave Jones

With the Owls winning just one game all season the latest defeat at the weekend was the final nail in the coffin for manager Dave Jones who departs the club as they languish at the bottom end of the Championship table on 11 points from 16 games just one place above Barnsley who also sacked their manager David Flitcroft last week.

Jones took over Gary Megson with the team in League One and succeeded in gaining promotion and keeping the club in the Championship finishing in 18th place in the 2012/13 season.

Martin Jol, Fulham - sacked 1st December

Martin Jol

A 3-0 defeat to London rivals West Ham has seen the end of Martin Jol's tenure as manager of Fulham. The result was Fulham's fifth successive defeat in the Premier League with the side now in the relegation zone with just 10 points from 13 games.He has been replaced by former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen with immediate effect.

Jol took over at Fulham in June 2011 on an initial two year contract following the resignation of Mark Hughes

November 2013

David Flitcroft, Barnsley - sacked 30th November

David Flitcroft

After less than a year in charge at Oakwell David Flitcroft has been sacked by Championship club Barnsley following a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Birmingham City which has left The Tykes sitting at the bottom of the Championship table on 11 points from 17 games and six points from safety, claiming only one win from their last 10 games. Also out of the door are Technical Coach Martin Scott and coach Guy Proctor. Assistant manager Micky Mellon has been placed in charge as caretaker manager along with coach Paul Heckingbottom.

Flitcroft took over the reigns as manager after the sacking of Keith Hill in December 2012.

Sean O'Driscoll, Bristol City - sacked 28th November

Sean O'Driscoll

In what has come as a surprise to some Robins fans O'Driscoll has been sacked by the League One side. This follows a turnaround in the teams fortunes as they had suffered just one defeat from their last seven games.

However the team were still in the relegation zone of the league on just 15 points from 18 games as they had started the season very poorly failing to win their first 12 games of the season.

O'Driscoll had been in charge of the teams since January 2013 with the club already at the bottom of the Championship and we was unable to save them from relegation.

Richie Barker, Crawley Town - sacked 27th November

Richie Barker

Richie Barker was sacked by Crawley Town following a run of seven games without a win with the side suffering from a goal scoring drought, only scoring on one occasion in those games. This has left the club pottering in the mid-table section of League One on 22 points from 18 games.

Barker had been in charge of Crawley since August 2012 but prior to his sacking he was being heavily linked with the vacant manager’s position at League Two side Portsmouth.

Guy Whittingham, Portsmouth - sacked 26th November

Guy Whittingham

Guy Whittingham lost his job at Portsmouth just a year after he took charge at Fratton Park. The decision comes after the League Two side had suffered back-to-back FA Cup and JP Trophy exits, followed by consecutive league defeats, leaving them 18th in the table and six points above the relegation.

The former Pompey player originally took caretaker charge of the south coast side back in November 2012, before being handed the job on a permanent basis in April 2013. He was unable to save the administration hit club from relegation to the fourth-tier and a poor start to the current campaign has ultimately cost him. He departs with a record of just 11 wins in 51 games.

Brian Laws, Scunthorpe - sacked 20th November

Brian LawsBrian Laws became the first managerial casualty of November after Scunthorpe United sent him packing. At the time the Iron were only be two points adrift of the League Two play-offs but the owners decided to make a change in the dugout after five games without a win in all competitions, which included a dismal defeat to local rivals Grimsby in the FA Cup.

Laws had previously been in charge of the Iron on two occasions, with his third spell now ending in disappointment. Laws leaves the club with a record of 17 wins, 14 draws and 21 defeats from 52 games.

October 2013

Chris Kiwomya, Notts County - mutual consent 27th October

Chris KiwomyaChris Kiwomya became League One's third manager to lose their job in the month of October following Notts County's defeat to Preston. The loss left the struggling club rock-bottom of the table with just two wins from 13 games this season, which has included a whopping 10 defeats.

Kiwomya only took charge of the Magpies back March but now leaves with a record of nine wins, nine draws and 16 defeats. Their defeat to Preston was their third on the spin and proved to be the final straw for the owners who now find their club five points adrift of safety at this early stage in the season.

Ian Holloway, Crystal Palace - mutual consent 23rd October

Ian HollowayIan Holloway became the second casualty of the 2013/14 Premier League season after leaving Crystal Palace by mutual consent. The emotional 50-year-old revealed that he was absolutely exhausted and lacked the energy for a relegation dog fight. In total he won 14, drew 14 and lost 18 of his 46 games in charge.

Pulis took charge of Palace in November 2012 and went on to lead them to promotion up to the top-flight via the play-offs. However, the Eagles have struggled on their return, picking up just three points from their opening eight games, leaving them second from bottom and five points adrift of safety.

Tony Mowbray, Middlesbrough - sacked 21st October

Tony MowbrayTony Mowbray became the second Championship casualty after Middlesbrough lost patience following a torrid start to the campaign. Boro had won just two of their opening 12 games, and Saturday's defeat to Barnsley proved to be the final straw.

Mowbray, who had been at the Riverside for three years, was the league's longest-serving manager. However, results in 2013 have been well below-bar, with Boro winning just five of their 33 league games this year.

Kevin Blackwell, Bury - sacked 14th October

Kevin BlackwellA brutal weekend of manager dismissals in the Football League was rounded off on Monday evening with the sacking of Blackwell from the League Two strugglers.

Blackwell had been in charge at Gigg Lane since September 2012 taking over from Richie Barker who had departed to join Crawley Town.

Blackwell had failed to keep Bury in League One as the club struggled with financial problems but following a takeover that was completed in May 2013 he made 23 signings but they the players have failed to make an impact on the sides fortunes with Bury sitting a single point above the relegation zone.

Martin Allen, Gillingham - sacked 13th October

Martin AllenMartin Allen became the second League One sacking of the weekend and the third of the season when he was given his marching orders after 16 months in charge.

Allen had led the Gills to win the League Two title last season but so far this term the side have only managed to win two our of their 11 games played in the league leaving the side in 17th place in the table on 9 points.

His record at the club has him winning 27 out of 64 games, 20 of which were defeats, eight of which were recorded this season.

David Weir, Sheffield United - sacked 11th October

David WeirWeir was sacked after just 13 games in charge of the League One side along with assistant manager Lee Carsley. Weir took control of the side following the exit of Danny Wilson.

At the time of the sacking the Blades were placed 22nd in the league with just five points, having only managed to claim one win in the league so far this season.

United were also knocked out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy by League Two strugglers Hartlepool earlier in the week and were also put out of the League Cup by another League Two side Burton Albion.

September 2013

Nigel Clough, Derby County - sacked 28th September

Nigel CloughNigel Clough was surprisingly axed by Derby County following a defeat to fierce rivals Nottingham Forest, which was the club's third loss in a row. The former Burton boss had been the fourth longest-serving manager in English football - having taken over at Pride Park back in early 2009 - but thye board decided a new direction was needed in order to take the Championship club forward.

Clough, whose father Brian also managed the Rams, leaves the club 14th in the tabls and without a league win since August. Last season he led the club to a 10th-place finish, which was the highest in his reign.

Paolo Di Canio, Sunderland - sacked 22nd September

Paolo Di CanioPaolo Di Canio became the first victim of the 2013/14 Premier League Sack Race after Sunderland sent him packing. The Black Cats had only managed to register a point from their opening five league games, with the 3-0 defeat to West Brom proving to be the final straw.

Di Canio was only appointed back in March but in the end lasted less than six months in the dugout, winning just three of his 13 games in charge. The colourful Italian managed to save the club from relegation last year but after spending the summer completely overhauling his squad he was unable to make them gel together.

Greg Abbott, Carlisle United - sacked 9th September

Greg AbbottGreg Abbott become the first managerial casualty of the 2013/14 season after Carlise United sacked him on 9th September following their shocking start to the campaign. The Blues failed to win any of their opening six League One games, picking up just two points in the process, with their 1-0 defeat to Port Vale proving to be the final straw.

Abbott was the third-longest serving manager in England having originally taken over at Brunton Park in December 2008. During his time at the club he led them to Johnstone's Paint Trophy glory in 2011 after a 1-0 victory against Brentford.

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