Which day of the week do managers get sacked most often?

Simon Lillicrap by Simon Lillicrap / 16 January 2017, 15:02

So far this season 33 managers have departed their posts in the top-4 tiers of English football. But which day of the week should managers fear for their job the most?

According to our research, Monday and Tuesday are the most popular days for clubs to sack their managers, both with 7 dismissals each so far this season.

On the other hand, Friday is by far the safest day of the week with not one of the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs dismissing their managers before the weekend’s games. Owners could be seen to be giving their managers a last chance saloon ahead of a game on the Saturday.

Saturday is also a safe day, unless you are managing in the Championship - all four managerial dismissals on that day have come in England’s second tier.

Roberto Di Matteo, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Philippe Montanier have all been immediately dismissed following disappointing results. Whilst Nigel Pearson was dismissed on a Saturday after being suspended by Derby.

Manager Sackings Day of Week

There is a definite rise and fall to the graph, peaking after the weekend’s games before declining slightly on Wednesday and Thursday. The manager sackings on a Wednesday and Thursday could be due to a disappointing midweek performance as it was when Leyton Orient sacked Alberto Cavasin, and Bury sacked David Flitcroft.

In the Premier League, all four managers have been sacked following defeats. Swansea, who have been responsible for half the sackings in the Premier League this season, have got rid of their managers early in the week. Francesco Guidolin was fired on a Monday, whilst Bob Bradley was relieved of his duties on a Tuesday. The other Premier League sackings were Alan Pardew and Mike Phelan who were dismissed on a Thursday and Tuesday respectively.

In fact, Gary Rowett and Martin Allen are part of an exclusive club. Rowett is the only manager this season to be sacked when his side have won the previous game. His Birmingham side beat Ipswich 2-1 before the Blues’ new owners decided to replace him with Gianfranco Zola. Meanwhile Allen also won his last game in charge of Barnet although it was his decision to leave for Eastleigh.

The only two other managers not to suffer a defeat before being sacked were Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink whose QPR side drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest and Tony Mowbray, whose Coventry side started the season on a run of 10 games without a win. His last result was a 2-2 Wimbledon before he resigned.

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