2014/15 Managerial Casualties

We will be keeping you up-to-speed with all the latest managerial departures during the new 2014/15 English football season. Here you can keep track on the managers who don't make it through to May...

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February 2015

Lee Johnson, Oldham Athletic, resigned 25th February

Lee Johnson traded his post at Oldham Athletic for the dugout at fellow League One side Barnsley, who sat seven places below the Latics in the table. Rumours were rife that Johnson was set to make the switch after he was spotted at Barnsley's 1-0 win away to Scunthorpe, with the highly-rated manager then moving clubs the following day.

Back in 2013 Johnson became English football's youngest manager after he took charge of Oldham at just 31 years of age. Johnson proceeded to save the Boundary Park outfit from the dreaded drop, before steering them to 15th last season. Johnson leaves the Latics two points and two places outside the play-off zone, with a record of 36 wins, 35 losses and 32 draws.

Steven Pressley, Coventry City, sacked 23rd February

Steven Pressley

League One has claimed yet another manager when after 100 games in charge of the Midlands club Steven Pressley was sacked as the manager of struggling Coventry City. Under Pressley the side who share their ground with Rugby Union outfit Wasps have moved down to the 21st slot in the League One table taking them into the dreaded relegation zone.

Pressley has operated his best when tied to the constraints of losing his best players during the summer and being forced to rely on the use of loan signings this season. The side will be looking after initially by former Leeds manager Dave Hockoday and Pressley's assistant Neil MacFarlane.

Darren Ferguson, Peterborough United, resigned, 21st February

Darren Ferguson

Manager Darren Ferguson ended his second spell in charge of Peterborough United after his side succumbed to a 3-0 away defeat to MK Dons, which has left the club sitting in the 15th spot in League One. The side had only managed to win one of their last five matches in the league.

In his leaving statement Ferguson felt that a new challenge was needed for both himself and the club. Also leaving the club are coaches Gary Breen, Gavin Strachan and Jimmy Walker along with video analyst Steward England and sports scientist Marc Lindsey. Academy manager Dave Robertson has been placed in caretaker charge of the club.

Paul Buckle, Cheltenham Town, mutual consent 13th February

Paul Buckle

Paul Buckle's tenure at Cheltenham Town lasted just 79 days after the League Two club parted ways with the League Two club. Buckle only bagged the job back in November- replacing Mark Yates in the dugout - however just one win in 13 games has resulted in the 43-year-old losing his job at Whaddon Road. The Robins went down 2-0 to Southend United in what proved to be Buckle's final game at the helm, with the former Bristol Rovers boss becoming the 11th fourth-tier casualty this term. The defeat left the club winless in six matches, and just one point and one place above the relegation zone.

Danny Wilson, Barnsley, sacked 12th February

Danny Wilson

Barnsley terminated the contracts of manager Danny Wilson following a disappointing run of from. Wilson, who was in his second spell at the south Yorkshire club, was sent packing after consecutive defeats to Swindon and Fleetwood, which left his troops 17th in League One. Six losses in nine games in all competitions is a sorry return, and one that has ultimately cost Wilson his job at the club.

Wilson, who memorably led Barnsley up to the Premier League in 1997, returned to Oakwell for a second spell in 2013. However, the 55-year-old was unable to save the struggling club from relegation from the Championship after they finished second-from-bottom of the table. Wilson was tasked with mounting a push for promotion this season, but recent results simply haven't been good enough, forcing the Reds to wield the axe.

Paul Lambert, Aston Villa, sacked 11th February

Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert became the fifth victim of the 2014/15 Premier League Sack Race after Aston Villa gave him the boot following a 10 game winless run. The decision came 24 hours after Villa suffered a 2-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Hull - their fifth league loss on the spin - which saw the confidence-depleted Midlands club slip into the relegation zone.

Many supporters had grown increasingly frustrated with Lambert, who took charge of Villa back in June 2012, due to a lack of improvement under the Scot's tutorship. In his first two seasons at the helm Villa finished 15th, however the current campaign has been a nightmare. Following a bright start the club have struggled, particularly in front of goal, with just 12 12 league goals from 25 games the lowest tally in Premier League history. The lacklustre loss to Hull ultimately proved to be the final straw, with Lambert axed on 11th February 2015.

Justin Edinburgh, Newport County, resigned 7th February

Justin Edinburgh

After weeks of speculation Justin Edinburgh traded his seat in the Newport County dugout in order to take charge of Gillingham. Edinburgh had been linked with the League One post for some time, but the clubs were struggling to agree on the compensation package, something that was eventually resolved.

Edinburgh was appointed County boss back in October 2011 and went on to lead the Welsh club up into the Football League following a 25 year absence. The former Tottenham defender proceeded to steer the Exiles to a respectable 14th-place finish in League Two, and went on to enjoy a cracking start to the current campaign. However, the Edinburgh-Gillingham saga had a negative effect on the club's form, with promotion changing County losing their last three games up until Edinburgh's departure.

Gary Johnson, Yeovil Town, sacked 4th February

Gary Johnson

Just days after signing several players in the transfer window Gary Johnson has become the latest managerial casualty in League One. Johnson had been in charge of the Yeovil Town for three years and was in his second spell in charge at Huish Park. During his time there he had helped to secure three promotions, including a play-off final success which won the Glovers a place in the Championship.

However, the side are now sitting at the foot of League One, four points from safety, and have only secured two wins from their last 10 outings in the league. As a result Johnson's assistant and former full time boss Terry Skiverton has been given the role of caretaker until further notice.

Harry Redknapp, QPR, resigned 3rd February

Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp became the fourth casualty of this season's Premier League Sack Race after resigning from his post at Loftus Road. The 67-year-old cited knee surgery as his reason for leaving Queens Park Rangers, as the upcoming operation would prevent him from doing his job at such a pivotal stage in the season.

Redknapp's abrupt decision to step down came just a day after he failed to work his magic in the transfer market, with the veteran gaffer unable to lure in any new recruits to aid the club's battle against the dreaded drop. The former Tottenham Hotspur boss left the club 19th in the top-flight, with a tally of 19 points from 23 matches.

Stuart Pearce, Nottingham Forest, sacked 1st February

Stuart Pearce

Nottingham Forest axed club legend Stuart Pearce 24 hours after they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home to struggling Millwall, which was their sixth loss in their last seven games. Pearce had been under considerable pressure following Forest's wretched run of form, during which they have scraped together just three wins from their last 23 matches.

Pearce took charge of his former club in the summer and went on to enjoy a stunning start, leading the Reds to an 11 game unbeaten start to the new Championship season. However, since then Forest have slumped from the summit of the second-tier down to 12th, with the club 13 points adrift of the play-offs at the time of Pearce's departure.

January 2015

Bob Peeters, Charlton Athletic, sacked 11th January

Bob Peeters

Charlton Athletic became the latest Championship club to sack their manager after sending Bob Peeters packing following a winless run of nine matches in all competitions. The Belgian boss, who only took charge in May (on a 12-month contract), was hurled out of the exit door after just 25 league games, which ending with a 1-0 defeat at home to lowly Brighton.

Peeters enjoyed a cracking start to life at The Valley, leading the Addicks to an 11 game unbeaten start to the season (W4 D7). However, since suffering their first league defeat in early October the London outfit have gone on to win only two of their 13 second-tier fixtures, which has subsequently caused the owners to make a change. As a result Peeters leaves the club 14th in the table; 10 points adrift of the play-offs, and eight above the relegation zone.

Neil Adams, Norwich City, resigned 5th January.

Neil Adams

After months in charge of the Championship side Neil Adams has handed in his notice making him the 14th change in the Championship so far this season. His exit follows a 2-0 defeat to League One outfit Preston North End ending their chances of success in the FA Cup this season.

Adams leaves the club sitting in 7th place in the Championship, just three points out of the play-offs. However the writing had been on the wall for Adams following the introduction in November of former Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan who was brought in to assist Adams.

Alan Pardew, Newcastle United, resigned, 3rd January

Alan Pardew

Much to the delight of Newcastle fans (who had even gone so far as to create a website called sackpardew.com and organise demonstrations to sack their manager) and no doubt owner Mike Ashley (who won't have to pay Pardew a hefty contract fee) the club will be on the hunt for a new manager following Pardews exit to take on the managerial role at struggling Crystal Palace which became available following the sacking of Neil Warnock.

Pardew was allowed to speak with the club once a compensation deal had been sorted between the clubs, talk of Pardew being sacked was a moot point for Ashley as the manager was locked into one of the longest contracts in the Premier League. Pardew had been at St James' Park since December 2010 and was the fourth longest serving manager in English football.

December 2014

Peter Taylor, Gillingham, sacked 31st December

Peter Taylor

It may be the season of goodwill and peace on earth to all men but that does not seem to be extended into the world of football management.

Gills boss Peter Taylor was given the news of his exit on New Years Eve, normally a time for celebration but not if you are League One club hovering around the relegation zone.

After 14 months in charge at Priestfield Taylor was relieved of his duties with "immedite effect" three days after the club were defeated 3-1 at home to promotion hopefuls Bristol City.

Alan Irvine, West Bromwich Albion, sacked 30th December

Alan Irvine

You spend months waiting for a sacking to occur and then along comes the second exit in the Premier League in just a matter of daysl after seven months in charge or West Bromwich Albion, managerAlan Irvine was sacked following a 2-0 defeat at Stoke City.

Irvine took over the running of the club in June 2014 after the exit of Pepe Mel and was handed a 12 month rolling contract, but after 19 games in charge in the League he had only managed to secure four wins and the defeat at Stoke left the club in 16th place in the Premier League table

Neil Warnock, Crystal Palace, sacked 27th December.

Neil Warnock

For a time it looked as if the Premier League would be able to hold out until the start of the New Year before the first manager of the season was sacked and the managerial merry-go-round could spin into action, but following a 3-1 loss to Southampton at home the Eagles descended into the bottom three with just one win from their last 12 league games.

Warnock was with his second spell with the club rejoining in August 2014 after the departure of Tony Pulis but his second spell in charge failed to ignite the team with Warnock only winning three of his 16 games in charge

Sami Hyypia, Brighton, resigned 22nd December

Sami Hyypia

Sami Hyypia threw in the towel just three days before Christmas following a desperately disappointing six months at the Brighton helm. The Finn, who lasted 200 days in the dugout, recorded only three wins from 22 Championship matches in the dugout, leaving the Seagulls struggling down in 22nd in the Championship table.

Saturday's 1-1 draw away to Wolves extended the south coast club's winless run to six games, while they had in fact only triumphed once in 18 league fixtures dating back to August.

As a result of this draw Hyypia had decided that enough was enough and resigned from his post, which the club reluctantly accepted and once again started their search for a new manager.

Nigel Adkins, Reading, sacked 15th December

Nigel Adkins

Nigel Adkins become the 13th Championship manager to suffer the sack after Reading threw him out of the exit door 48 hours after the club suffered their worst league loss in 15 years: a 6-1 thrashing at Birmingham City. The dismal defeat was Reading's ninth in their last 15 matches in all competitions, and left the Royals 16th in the table and 10 points adrift of the play-offs.

Adkins originally took charge of the Royals in March 2013 following the sacking of Brian McDermott. The former Southampton boss was unable to save the club from relegation to the Championship, but was tasked with inspiring an immediate return to the top-flight the following season. In a topsy-turvy season the Royals agonisingly missed out on the play-offs by a single point on the final day. A bright start to the current campaign has rapidly been eclipsed by a dreadful run, with the Birmingham result ultimately costing Adkins his job at the Madejski Stadium.

Mauro Milanese, Leyton Orient, sacked 8th December

Mauro Milanese

The Football League witnessed another sacking on Monday 8th December after Leyton Orient dismissed Mauro Milanese after just six weeks in charge. The Italian endured a poor start to life at Brisbane Road, losing five of his eight matches in charge, including Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Gillingham in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Back in October Milanese was appointed as the surprise successor to interim boss Kevin Nugent, which ultimately proved to be a short-lived and unsuccessful decision by the club's owner Francesco Becchetti. During his six week tenure the O's were not only dumped out of the JPT, but they also flopped in the FA Cup. Meanwhile their league form was disappointing, with Milanese leaving the Londoners hovering dangerously above the relegation in 19th, having picked up just four points from five matches.

Paul Murray, Hartlepool United, sacked 8th December

Paul Murray

Paul Murray was sent packing after just six weeks at Victoria Park. The 38-year-old was only handed the job back in October, but a poor start hit a nadir after Pools suffered a shock FA Cup exit at home to non-league side Blyth Spartans, in what proved to be Murray's final match in charge. The damaging result followed four defeats in five League Two games; leaving the struggling club rock-bottom of the Football League, and six points adrift of safety.

In total Murray oversaw seven matches; losing five, drawing once and winning once, which was a 2-0 cup triumph at home to East Thurrock. Murray's exit means that Hartlepool have now been through two managers this season.

November 2014

Mark Yates, Cheltenham Town, sacked 25th November

Mark Yates

Mark Yates became the second League Two manager to lose his job in the space of five days after Cheltenham Town sacked him packing following a run of four consecutive league defeats. In fact the struggling Robins had only recorded two wins from their last 13 league games, a poor streak of form which left them down in 18th, 11 places adrift of the play-offs and just five above the relegation zone.

As a result the Robins have decided to end the tenure of English Football's third longest serving boss, with the 44-year-old departing Whaddon Road after nearly five years at the helm. Yates, who made 230 appearances for Cheltenham as a player, was appointed manager of the club back in December 2009 and went on to oversee 257 matches: 93 wins, 69 draws and 95 defeats.

Paul Cox, Mansfield Town, mutual consent 21st November

Paul Cox

Paul Cox parted ways with Mansfield Town by mutual consent on 21 November following a nine game winless run dating back to mid-September. The League Two outfit's embarrassing failure to beat non-league side Concord Rangers in the FA Cup proved to be the final straw, with both the club and Cox deciding that they had reached the end of the road after three-and-a-half-years.

Cox took charge of Mansfield in May 2011 and went on the lead them to promotion up to the Football League in his second campaign in charge. Last season the Stags finished 11th in the fourth-tier, however a failure to win since September left the club down in 19th. In total Cox won 78, drew 46 and lost 51 of his 175 matches in charge.

Uwe Rosler, Wigan Athletic, sacked 13th November

Uwe Rosler

It took some time but after just short of two weeks November finally, and inevitably, experienced its first managerial casualty. To virtually no one's surprise the change-up came in the Championship with Wigan's Uwe Rosler becoming the league's 12th dismissal this season after the club sent him packing.

Rosler, who was only appointed back in December 2013, lasted less than a year in the dugout. The German enjoyed a great start to life at the Latics after leading the Greater Manchester side to a 5th-place finish last season. However, the club have failed to bounce back from their play-offs defeat, with chairman Dave Whelan opting to make a fresh change following a run of just three wins in 17 Championship games this season.

October 2014

Jose Riga, Blackpool, sacked 27th October

Jose Riga

Blackpool called time on Jose Riga's tenure at the Lancashire club after just 14 league games in charge, during which time the Belgian boss could only guide the team to one victory! As such, the Seasiders found themselves rooted to the foot of the Championship with just six points and a further seven from safety and chairman, Karl Oyston, decided it was time to pull the trigger on the former Charlton manager.

Riga was Blackpool's sixth manager in two years since Ian Holloway left to join Crystal Palace and the third in 2014. Lee Clark has been appointed as Riga's replacement and as the fourth manager in 2014, they now have had more gaffers sit in the dugout than they have had league wins this calendar year.

Gary Rowett, Burton Albion, resigned 27th October

Gary Rowett

Former Blues midfielder Gary Rowett traded League Two high-flyers Burton Albion for Championship strugglers Birmingham City. The 40-year-old, who replaces the sacked Lee Clark, certainly has his work cut out as he takes charge of a confidence-depleted side wounded by their 8-0 capitulation at home to Bournemouth. However, it's now hoped that Rowett, who played for the Midlands club in the late 1990s, can inspire a dramatic turnaround in fortunes at St Andrews.

Rowett spent two-and-a-quarter years at Burton, with whom he led through to the fourth-tier play-offs in each of his two full campaigns. The Brewers had also enjoyed a cracking start to the current campaign, with Rowett leaving the club up in third with a record of 28 points from 15 matches.

Darko Milanic, Leeds United, sacked 25th October

Darko Milanic

Leeds United's tumultuous season hit a nadir on 25th October when Darko Milanic was sacked after just 32 days in charge. The Slovenian, who was a shock appointment in September, failed to win any of his half-a-dozen games in charge (D3 L3), which culminated with a dismal 2-1 defeat at home to Wolves, leaving the club 18th in the Championship with just 16 points from 14 fixtures.

In the process Milanic became the third manager to be axed by trigger-happy owner Massimo Cellino, who previously sent Brian McDermott packing after just five games, before dismissing Hockaday six games into the new season.

Lee Clark, Birmingham City, sacked 20th October

Lee Clark

Birmingham City sacked Lee Clark less than 48 hours after they lost 1-0 at home to Bolton. The disappointing defeat, which was their third in a row at home, left the struggling Blues just one place above the Championship relegation zone, with just two wins from 12 league games.

Clark took charge of Birmingham back in June 2012 following the departure of Hughton. Since his appointment the Midlands outfit have consistently struggled, finishing 12th in his debut season, while back in May they surviving the dreaded drop on the final day of the campaign. A poor start to the current crusade ultimately forced the board to act, with Clark becoming the ninth Championship casualty so far this term.

Rob Edwards, Tranmere Rovers, sacked 13th October

Rob Edwards

Rob Edwards became the second League Two boss to lose his job on 13 October after Tranmere Rovers sent him packing. The under-fire gaffer had endured a difficult start to life in the dugout, winning just two of his 14 games (in all competitions) at the helm. The rock-bottom Merseyside outfit had been on a seven match winless run, which included four consecutive defeats.

The former Exeter City coach took charge of the Prenton Park club back in May following their relegation from League One. Nine points from 12 fourth-tier games, along with a first round exit from the League Cup, resulted in those in power wielding the axe after just five months.

Nigel Worthington, York City, resigned 13th October

Nigel Worthington

Nigel Worthington resigned from his post at York City following their 3-1 defeat at Newport County, which left the club 22nd in League Two, with just one win to their name all season. The Minstermen's latest loss was their fourth on the spin, while they had previously been dumped out of the Capital One Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy at the first hurdle.

Worthington took charge of York in March and went on the steer them to a 17th place finish. In his first full season at the helm the former Northern Ireland boss led the club through to the play-offs, where they lost narrowly to Fleetwood, who went on to win promotion up to League One.

Russ Wilcox, Scunthorpe United, sacked 8th October

Russ Wilcox

Just over five months after leading Scunthorpe United to promotion up to League One Iron boss Russ Wilcox lost his job. United endured a poor start to life back in the third-tier, losing eight of their opening 11 matches, while the Johnstone's Cup Trophy defeat at home to Notts County proved to be the final straw.

Wilcox stepped up from his caretaker role into the full-time job on Christmas Eve 2013. The former Iron player went on to enjoy a simply stunning 28-game unbeaten run, which shattered a 125-year Football League record, before finally losing his first game in April. However, he still memorably led United to promotion, although their woeful start to the 2014/15 campaign has ultimately cost him his job.

Billy McKinlay, Watford, sacked 7th October

Billy McKinlay

In a remarkable turn of events Watford ruthlessly sacked the unbeaten Billy McKinlay after just two matches in charge (W1 D1). The Hornets harshly booted the former Fulham coach out of the door in order to appoint a more experienced manager with a proven winning record, in Slavisa Jokanovic

McKinlay has only been handed the job eight days earlier after replacing Oscar Garcia, who had been forced to step down due to health concerns. As a result McKinlay's brief tenure is the sixth shortest managerial reigns in English football. The Scot departed Vicarage Road with Watford third in the Championship, but level on points with the top-2 teams.

Colin Cooper, Hartlepool United, resigned 4th October

Colin Cooper

Colin Cooper resigned from his post at Hartlepool United in the aftermath of the club's shocking 3-0 reverse at home to fellow League Two strugglers Carlisle United. The comprehensive defeat was Pool's seventh league defeat of what has been a difficult season, as they dropped to the bottom of the Football League, with a meagre tally of just eight points from 11 matches.

Cooper took charge at Victoria Park 16 months ago. In his first season in charge of Pool they flirted with the play-offs, before enduring a horrific end to the campaign (eight defeats in their final 12 games) and only just managed to avoid the drop by three points. Cooper was unable to change things around at the start of the current campaign, and leaves his position after taking the club as far as he can.

Dougie Freedman, Bolton Wanderers, mutual consent 3rd October

Dougie Freedman

At the start of October Dougie Freedman became the sixth casualty of the Championship season after leaving Bolton by mutual consent. The 40-year-old had been under immense pressure following the struggling club's dire start to the crusade, which had seen them pick up a miniscule five points (W1 D2 L7), with Wednesday's 4-0 hammering at Fulham proving to be the final straw.

Freedman took charge of the Trotters just under two years ago after surprisingly leaving his post at high-flying Crystal Palace. The Scot went on to impressively change results around at the Reebok Stadium, leading Bolton from 20th up to 7th by the end of the campaign, however they agonisingly missed out on promotion on goal difference on the final day. The Great Manchester club failed to build on their progress the following season, finishing down in 14th, while the current campaign has been an absolute disaster.

September 2014

Oscar Garcia, Watford, resigned 29th September

Oscar Garcia

Watford manager Oscar Garcia was forced to step down as head coach of the Championship club due to ill health. The 41-year-old Spaniard only took charge of the Hornets 27 days ago but was unfortunately unable to continue in the dugout following health concerns.

Garcia landed the Watford job on 2 September following the surprise departure of Beppe Sannino, who resigned despite enjoying a cracking start to the season. However, after Garcia's first match at the helm - a 1-0 victory over Charlton - the former Brighton boss spent a week in hospital with chest pains, and while he went on to recover, he now requires rest away from the dugout.

Russell Slade, Leyton Orient, resigned 24th September

Russell Slade

Russell Slade handed in his resignation two days after Leyton Orient rejected an approach from Cardiff City. Slade was reportedly infuriated with his side's reluctance to speak to the managerless Bluebirds, and subsequently quit after four-and-a-half-years in charge of the Brisbane Road club.

Last season Slade led the London side to the League One play-offs, only to heartbreakingly lose on penalties to Rotherham. However, he had been under pressure at the O's following a sluggish start to the current league campaign, while the club had also been dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Sheffield United, which turned out to be his final game in charge.

Felix Magath, Fulham, sacked 18th September

Felix Magath

Felix Magath was eventually sent packing less than 24 hours after his suffered were beaten 5-3 at Nottingham Forest. The defeat was the club's sixth of the season, which left them rooted to the bottom of the table, with just one point to their name.

The German took charge of the club in February, but failed to inspire a turnaround, with the London outfit's 13-year stay in the Premier League coming to an end in May. Magath held onto his job over the summer but Fulham's woeful start to the new season has forced owner Shahid Khan to wield the axe.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Cardiff City, mutual consent 18th September

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

After heavy speculation over his future it was finally officially revealed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had parted ways with Cardiff City. The Bluebirds had stuttered of late, failing to win any of their last four matches, which left them languishing down in 17th.

The Man Utd legend arrived on the scene in January following the departure of Malky Mackay. The likeable boss was a popular choice at the time, but unfortunately for both himself and the club his lack of experience ultimately cost him, with the Welsh side suffering the dreaded drop back down to the Championship. Despite having a talented squad at his disposal the Norwegian was unable to click them into gear back in the second-tier.

Micky Adams, Port Vale, resigned 18th September

Micky Adams

Micky Adams quit Port Vale following six successive defeats in all competitions, including five consecutive League One losses. The rotten run of form had piled the pressure on the under-fire Adams, who decided to hand in his resignation shortly after his side were thrashed 3-0 at home by Bristol City.

Adams' resignation brings to an end his five-year stay at Vale Park. The 52-year-old was appointed manager of for a second time back in the summer of 2011, just four months after leaving the club. In his second season in charge, after returning, Adams led Vale to promotion up to League One, following a 3rd place finish, and then followed this up with an impressive 9th standing in the third-tier. However, the current campaign was a different story, with the club losing their last five league games on the spin.

James Beattie, Accrington Stanley, mutual consent 12th September

James Beattie

James Beattie surprisingly departed Accrington Stanley by mutual consent on the eve before the club's match at home to AFC Wimbledon. The League Two club had endured a poor start to the season, losing six of their seven games in all competitions, however a victory over Tranmere the previous weekend had appeared to boost confidence...

Beattie took charge of the Reds in May 2013, and despite being hampered by financial @, the former Southampton player impressively managed to keep them in the Football League, by steering them to a 15th-place finish. However, four points from six games at the start of the 2014/15 campaign proved costly.

Joe Dunne, Colchester United, mutual consent 1st September

Joe Dunne

Joe Dunne became the second Football League manager to pack his bags on the opening day of September after he parted ways with Colchester United. The break-up occurred following a woeful start to the new season, which saw the U's take one point from their opening five games, while they were also dumped out of the League Cup.

Five defeats on the spin in all competitions forced the club to react and Dunne subsequently became the first League One boss to lose his job. In total he won 27 of his 95 matches at the helm over the course of two years.

Graham Kavanagh, Carlisle United, sacked 1st September

Graham Kavanagh

Graham Kavanagh become the first League Two manager of the season to suffer the sack after Carlisle United sent him packing following a crushing 5-0 defeat to Cambridge. The Blues could only register two points from their opening five games, leaving them 22nd in the table and without a win to their name since early April.

Kavanagh took charge of Carlisle in September 2013, following the sacking of Greg Abbott, but endured a difficult campaign at the helm, which culminated in relegation down to League Two on the final day. The 2014/15 season started off in a similar fashion, resulting in the club wielding the axe on Transfer Deadline Day.

August 2014

Giuseppe Sannino, Watford, resigned 31st August

Giuseppe Sannino

Giuseppe Sannino surprisingly resigned from his post at Vicarage Road at the end of August, despite Watford's fine start to the season. The Italian had led the Hornets to four wins from their opening five matches, which put them in second spot heading into September. However, Sannino suddenly decided that he had taken the club as far as he could, and subsequently stepped down from the helm.

Sannino took charge of Watford in December 2013 following the shock departure of Gianfranco Zola. Last season the London club finished down in a disappointing 13th place, but they dusted off the cobwebs and enjoyed a cracking start to the 2014/15 campaign, beating the likes of Bolton, Rotherham, Leeds and Huddersfield up until Sannino's exit.

Dave Hockaday, Leeds United, sacked 28th August

Dave Hockaday

Leeds United sacked Dave Hockaday after only six matches at the helm. The former Forest Green Rovers boss was a shock appointment back in June, but after just half-a-dozen games in charge the club's owner Massimo Cellino decided that he was the wrong man for the job.

The 56-year-old was under considerable pressure from the word go, and his side's poor start to the season - four defeats in six games - resulted in Cellino pulling the trigger before the month of August even come to a close. In total Hockaday won two and lost four of his six games at the helm.

Tony Pulis, Crystal Palace, mutual consent 14th August

Mark Robins

With just two days to go before the start of the 2014/15 season Crystal Palace fans were shocked over rumours that boss Tony Pulis was set to leave the club, his odds were slashed from 40/1 to 4/1 and then late on 14th August it was announced that he had left the club via the old classic "mutual consent" making the manager the first managerial casualty of the 2014/15 Premier League.

The reasons for the departure appear to be based around tense discussions between Pulis and Palace chairman Steve Parish and the managers frustration with the lack of summer transfer signings.

Mark Robins, Huddersfield Town, sacked 10th August

Tony Pulis

Huddersfield Town sacked boss Mark Robins just one game into the new 2014/15 Championship season following a crushing 4-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth on the opening day. At first glance the surprise decision seems both a harsh and ruthless, however if you take into account the club's dreadful form at the end of the previous season (2 wins in 13) then it becomes clearer.

Robins took charge of the Terriers in February 2013 and went on to save the club from relegation. In his first full season in charge he once again kept the Yorkshire outfit in the second-tier after steering them to a 17th place finish. However, their disappointing end to the 2013/14 campaign, followed by their shocking start to the current season, proved to be costly for Robins.

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