Mapping each of the six managerial departures during the 2018/19 Premier League season

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 13 May 2019, 15:30

The doors have slammed shut on another Premier League season during which six managers lost their jobs, on a voluntary and forced basis.

Below we take a look at each of those half-a-dozen departures; from Slavisa Jokanovic in November through to Claudio Ranieri in February.

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This article only features managers that lost their jobs during the standard league season. Brighton’s decision to sack Chris Hughton came a day after the campaign came to a close.

1. Slavisa Jokanovic (Fulham): Sacked, 14th November

Promoted Fulham kicked-off the 2018/19 Premier League Sack Race in mid-November when they sacked Slavisa Jokanovic following a meagre return of five points from their opening 12 games.

After winning promotion the Cottagers splashed the cash in the summer, but the team failed to gel up in the Promised Land, and Jokanovic was axed as a result. As it turned out the decision to replace the Serb with Claudio Ranieri didn’t turn out to be a masterstroke, something we’ll get to in a moment.

2. Mark Hughes (Southampton): Sacked, 3rd December

Southampton followed Fulham’s lead two weeks later when they cut short Mark Hughes’ three-year contract shortly after a 2-2 draw against Man Utd, a game they led 2-0.

The Welshman may have kept the club in the league at the end of the previous season, but in truth his December departure surprised few people, considering that the goal-shy Saints were struggling in 18th, and an absolute eye-sore to watch. Replacement Ralph Hasenhuttl proved to be a huge hit with the fans.

3. Jose Mourinho (Man Utd): Sacked, 18th December

The third managerial departure was Jose Mourinho who, after waves and waves of relentless speculation, was relieved of his duties just before Christmas.

In his first season Mourinho won a treble, of sorts, but finished empty-handed the following campaign, then a series of drab performances and reported spats resulted in an overdue exit halfway through his third.

4. David Wagner (Huddersfield): Mutual Consent, 14th January

David Wagner and Huddersfield parted ways two weeks into the New Year. The American-German can look back on a memorable tenure during which he became the first boss to lead the club into the Premier League, before preserving their top-flight status.

However, the rock-bottom Terriers never got going last season and he opted to leave after 22 games.

5. Claude Puel (Leicester): Sacked, 24th February

Claude Puel was the Premier League’s penultimate sacking. The Frenchman had come under pressure throughout the season, and Leicester finally pulled the plug in late February after a 4-1 thrashing at home to Crystal Palace, the club’s fourth home defeat in a row.

On one hand Puel enjoyed wins over the likes of Man City and Chelsea, however it was his sleep-inducing style of play ultimately cost him.

6. Claudio Ranieri (Fulham): Sacked, 28th February

The sixth and final exit occurred at Fulham who wielded the managerial axe once again, this time on Claudio Ranieri.

The former Premier League winner was unable to sprinkle his magic at Craven Cottage, winning only three of his 17 games at the helm during a spell that lasted only 106 days. However, it wasn’t all bad for Ranieri who bagged the Roma job a week later.

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Managers Departed

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Tony Pulis
Tony Pulis
(Middlesbrough)
17th May
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