Vote For November's Naffest Gafferby Jack Kitson / 05 December 2012, 15:41Tweet
It is that time of the month again where you the Sack Race readers vote for November's Naffest Gaffer. There were only four managerial departures in November but two of them came in the top flight, with Roberto Di Matteo becoming the latest victim of trigger-happy Roman Abramovich.
Ian Holloway was the first manager to leave his post after he decided to leave Blackpool to join fellow Championship side Crystal Palace just three days into the month. Then, on the 7th Michael Appleton replaced Holloway at Bloomfield Road after moving up a league from south coast side Portsmouth.
A quiet two weeks followed before the Sack Race exploded into life when Roberto Di Matteo become the shock first casualty of the top flight after Chelsea ruthlessly sacked him on the 21st. Just 48 hours later Mark Hughes joined him in the job centre following QPR's decision to send him packing following a torrid start to the season.
Naffest Gaffer of the Month Award: November 2012 Contenders
Martin O’Neill - Sunderland
Sunderland gaffer Martin O’Neill experienced another month to forget as his struggling side lost three of their five matches, which extended their dismal run to just two wins from their last 21 Premier League games. O’Neill ended November as the favourite for the chop in the Premier League Sack Race and he could find himself out of work if the Black Cats’ woeful run continues into December.
Alan Pardew - Newcastle
Sunderland’s North East rivals Newcastle also failed to deliver, with the Magpies unable to win any of their seven matches in all competitions. Poor defeats to Southampton, Stoke and West Ham have suddenly put the spotlight on boss Alan Pardew, who only signed an unprecedented eight-year contract back in September.
Dave Jones - Sheffield Wednesday
Dave Jones ended the month as the manager under the most pressure following a shocking run of five consecutive defeats. Wednesday may have started November on a high with a win against relegation rivals Peterborough but a truly dreadful losing streak has piled the pressure on the former Cardiff boss, who is now clinging onto his job at Hillsborough.
Do you agree with our five shortlisted managers for the Naffest Gaffer of the Month, or are there any other contenders worthy of a mention? Get involved in the action by leaving your comments below and casting your vote on our Facebook poll at facebook.com/thesackrace.