Premier League bosses who have been relegated during their managerial careersby Jack Kitson / 29 March 2017, 13:53Tweet
The Premier League makes a welcome return this weekend, and while the title race may be all but over, the fight for survival is likely to go down to the wire, with the likes of Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Hull, Swansea and Crystal Palace all bidding to avoid the dreaded drop down to the Championship.
Below we take a look at which of the current 20 Premier League bosses have suffered relegation during their managerial careers, and it’s fair to say that there are a few surprises.
- Club: Burnley
- Season: 2014/15
It may come as a shock to hear that Sean Dyche is the only (current) boss in the top-flight who has previously been relegated from the Premier League.
In his first full season in charge of Burnley Dyche led the club up to the top-flight, breaking a number of club records along the way, but he was then unable to keep his troops in the Promised Land, as they sunk back down to the Championship.
However, Burnley remained loyal to Dyche, and Dyche loyal to Burnley, and it proved to be a wise decision from both parties as the Englishman proceeded to orchestrate an instant return to the top-flight - the Clarets won the second-tier title - and he’s currently in the process of keeping them there for the first time in their history.
- Club: Arezzo (Italy)
- Season: 2006/07
Antonio Conte? The Antonio Conte who is currently waltzing towards the title in his first year in English football. Correct. The Italian may be a dead cert for the LMA Manager of the Year award (1/20 Sky Bet), but it hasn’t always been so easy for the passionate boss.
Back in 2006/07, during his first season in management with Italian side Arezzo, Conte was sacked after just four months, only to be reinstated as the club’s boss a few months later. Despite a turnaround in results Conte was unable to save his side from relegation down to Serie C1, which occurred on the final day of the season.
- Club: Mainz (Germany)
- Season: 2006/07
Before the days of Liverpool and Borrusia Dortmund Jurgen Klopp spent a whopping seven years in charge of German outfit Mainz 05, with whom he led up to the Bundesliga and into the UEFA Cup.
However, in 2006/07 Mainz 05 fell out of the German top-flight, missing out on safety by three points. But, a season later Klopp was in charge of Dortmund, with whom he went on to lead to back-to-back Bundesliga titles.
- Club: Nancy (France)
- Season: 1986/87
Arsene Wenger has been at Arsenal for so very long (20+ years) that people would be forgiven for forgetting that he managed a few other teams prior to his arrival in North London back in 1996.
But, alas he did, and in his first ever job in management he was relegated with French outfit Nancy. Wenger took charge of the club back in the summer of 1984, leading them to 12th and 18th in his first two seasons, before then dropping out of Ligue 1 in his third and final campaign at the hem.