Nightmare starts for dugout debutants Garry Monk and Owen Coyleby Jack Kitson / 08 August 2016, 10:31Tweet
The weekend not only marked the start of The Football League season, but the managerial debuts for a host of bosses dotted around the three tiers. Unfortunately it was a losing start for seven of these gaffers, a couple of whom suffered more damanging defeats than others...
Garry Monk (Leeds United)
The summer appointment of Garry Monk had understandably inspired optimism ahead of the 2016/17 campaign. The trigger-happy club - well their controversial owner Massimo Cellino - had raced through six managers in two years prior to Monk’s surprise arrival in June.
In Monk Leeds had lured over a hungry, young manager who impressed during his managerial debut with Swansea, despite losing jis job last season. However, in his first game in charge of Leeds Monk endured a nightmare start after his troops suffered a worrying 3-0 defeat at QPR.
Of course, there are still 45 matches remaining, but this is certainly not the start that the 37-year-old would have envision, with the Whites rock-bottom of the table.
Owen Coyle (Blackburn Rovers)
It’s fair to say that Owen Coyle’s controversial appointment in June caused quite a stir given that he'd previously managed Blackburn’s fierce rivals Burnley, along their with their other North West neighbours Wigan and Bolton. With this in mind the 50-year-old would have craved a winning start on Saturday in order to win over a few of the doubters.
However, it was not to be as Rovers were hammered 4-1 at home to Norwich. Coyle may have only taken charge of a single game, but he has a lot to prove, and if his troops put on a poor showing away to League Two outfit Mansfield on Tuesday then he will be a marked man...and it's only August.
Other Debut Defeats
Five other managers also helplessly watched on as their new sides lost over the weekend.
Aston Villa endured a horrific 2015/16 season, suffering relegation out of the Premier League for the first time in their history. Roberto Di Matteo was the man tasked with picking up the pieces, but on Sunday he was unable to register any points on the board, with his side losing 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday.
For the fourth time in the last five seasons Sheff Utd started the season as the favourites in League One - a division they have been stuck in since 2011. The likes of Danny Wilson, David Weir, Nigel Clough and most recently Nigel Adkins have tried and failed to return the Blades to the Championship, and it's now up to Chris Widler to change the club's fortues...and there is a lot of work to do following an opening day 1-0 defeat to Bolton.
Elsewhere in League One Russell Slade’s Charlton were defeated 2-0 at Bury, while Stephen Robinson’s Oldham lost 3-0 to Millwall, whereas down in the fourth-tier John Sheridan’s Notts County were beaten 2-0 at Yeovil. The Magpies have rocketed through their managers, which is something that new boss Sheridan is know doubt well aware of.