LMA Report: 2014/15 season on course to break record for managerial sackings

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 21 April 2015, 10:09

The League Managers Association (LMA) have dropped a bombshell after revealing that the current campaign is on course to rip-up the records books for the most managerial sackings in a season.

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The damning report, which includes statistics up until the end of March 2015, shows that a titanic 40 gaffers (now 42) have fallen at the wayside across the Premier League and Football League, which is just three short of the 46 bosses who were booted out the exit door back during the 2006/07 campaign.

  • 42 managers have suffered the sack so far this season.
  • The Championship has witnessed 17 sackings to date.
  • Arsene Wenger remains the longest-serving gaffer...by some distance.

According to the report there has been a whopping 49 (now 52) manager changes this season, 42 of which have been dismissals. Perhaps surprisingly, the Premier League manager-merry-go-round has been relatively quiet compared to the 2013/14 season, which contained 10 departures (during the actual campaign).

In fact, the top-flight didn't witness a change in the dugout until late December 2014, when Neil Warnock left Crystal Palace. However, there have since been five other changes; seven short of the previous season.

The main culprit in the cut-throat business of football management is the Championship, which has produced a simply staggering 17 sackings, including Wigan's Malky Mackay who was sent packing earlier this month.

Trigger-happy Watford were, unbelievably, on their fourth boss by early October, while only eight teams are with the same manager they started the season with, four of which are currently located in the top-6. As a result many Championship incumbents will no doubt be questioning why they are in this business, especially considering that the average tenure of current second-tier managers is just 0.74 years.

Elsewhere, there have been 10 sackings in both League One and League Two, although that number has extended to 11 following Sunday's axing of Micky Adams, who left Tranmere Rovers rock-bottom of the Football League, with just two matches remaining.

Meanwhile, Arsenal's Arsene Wenger remains the longest-serving manager, having been in charge of Arsenal since way back in 1996. The Frenchman, who has overseen over 1060 Gunners games in England, is currently bidding to hoist his sixth FA Cup trophy, with his side locking horns with Aston Villa in May's Final.

Wenger has 10 years on the second man on the longest-serving list: Exeter City's Paul Tisdale, who is followed by Karl Robinson (MK Dons), while Dean Smith (Walsall) and Jim Bentley (Morecambe) complete the top-5. Meanwhile, Rotherham boss Steve Evans remarkably finds himself inside the top-10, despite only being in charge of the club for three years (since April 2012).

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