October 18, 2021

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5 Coaches with the Shortest Term in the Premier League

So not infrequently we see news about the sacking of coaches from Premier League clubs.

Every season, there is only the name of the coach who was expelled from his position. Making mistakes and performing below standards is something that cannot be tolerated in the Premier League, especially for club owners or officials who always want their club to shine.

No one knows for sure how long the tenure of a coach in the Premier League. Some can last a long time like Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger, and some only last a few days like the coaches on this list.

 

1. Rene Meulensteen (75 Days)
Fulham sacked head coach Rene Meulensteen in 2013, just 75 days since he was appointed as Fulham coach. Meulensteen has ambitions for Fulham to make a massive squad overhaul.

This is evident because in his 8 matches as a coach at Craven Cottage, he made eight debuts for players under the age of 21. The goal is the club’s long term plan, without thinking about the short term.

Meulensteen coached Fulham in just 13 games. His record is also very bad, with 3 wins, 1 draw and 9 defeats with just 10 points.

 

2. Frank de Boer (77 Days)
Frank de Boer is arguably one of the worst managers in Premier League history. He has a rigid attitude, and is too obsessed with the typical Dutch style of play that does not match English football.

He was appointed as Crystal Palace coach in June 2017 on a 3 year contract. However, de Boer managed Palace for less than 3 years, after 77 days of signing the contract, he was sacked by Crystal Palace.

The reason is because of the poor results they got in the first four Premier League matches. Of those 4 matches, Crystal Palace lost 4 times, conceded 7 goals and did not score 1 goal against the opponent.

 

3. Bob Bradley (85 Days)
Back in 2016, Ryan Giggs almost became manager of Swansea City. However, Swansea prefer Bob Bradley over Giggs, this is quite surprising to many parties. Before coming to Swansea, Bradley had coached the United States national team for 5 years and after that for Egypt for 5 years.

When Bradley replaced Francesco Guidolin, Swansea were just above the relegation zone on goal difference. Bradley must make sure Swansea are safe and stay out of the red zone. However, this expectation failed to materialize.

Of the 11 matches played by Swansea with Bradley, Swansea only won 8 points, the results of 2 wins, 2 draws and the rest ended in defeat. Bradley is the first coach from the United States to become manager of a Premier League club.

 

4. Quique Sanchez Flores (85 Days)
The 2019/2020 season is the second time Quique Sanchez Flores has coached Watford. Where previously he had also coached Watford in the 2015/2016 season and the results were very satisfying. Now, they are trying to repeat the same thing that happened in the past.

However, it did not go smoothly. Because the coach could not bring Watford to appear solid in the Premier League. Quique Sanchez Flores has only lasted 85 days since he was appointed head coach of Watford.

The notes are also minor. From 10 matches, Watford only won 1 game, drew 4 and lost 5 times.

 

5. Terry Connor (91 Days)
For someone who serves mostly as assistant manager, it’s a shame that Terry Connor’s appointment as manager was so inappropriate. Wolverhampton Wanderers dropped in the relegation zone in 2012, when Connor was appointed midway through the 2011/2012 season.

Connor took over from Mick McCarthy, who was sacked after leading Wolves to 18th. However, Connor could not bring meaningful changes to Wolves.

Connor’s career as Wolves coach was short, just 91 days. He underwent 13 Premier League matches with 9 defeats and 4 draws, with just 4 points.

 

As a coach, getting fired is indeed a painful thing. However, if it continues to be maintained, the club he is handling will continue to decline and may enter the relegation zone or experience bad results.