Hughton, Ancelotti, Mourinho? Football's most unfair managerial sackings

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Chris Hughton’s sacking came as a shock to many after he kept Brighton in the Premier League this season.

The former Norwich and Newcastle manager has enjoyed success at the Amex Stadium since taking over four-and-a-half years ago.

Following his appointment in 2014, Hughton successfully led the club to Premier League promotion three years later - the club’s first return to the top flight since 1983.

The 60-year-old manager kept the club in the division for two consecutive seasons but will not be given an opportunity to continue in the role any further.

Reaction to the news has been one of surprise, with many thinking Hughton has been treated somewhat harshly by the Seagulls.

He joins a list of other managers in recent times who have unfairly lost their jobs.

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Vincente Del Bosque, Real Madrid

In a glittering four-year spell at the club, Del Bosque led the Spanish giants to two La Liga titles and, more impressively, two Champions League crowns between 1999 and 2003.

Despite winning the second of his league titles in his final season, failure to retain the Champions League resulted in Real Madrid deciding not to renew Del Bosque’s contract in 2003.

Jose Mourinho, Chelsea (the first time)

Chelsea had gone nearly 50 years without a league title before Jose Mourinho rocked up in 2004. One year on, the Portuguese manager marked the half century anniversary from their sole success by making them champions of England once more.

After repeating the trick the following season, Mourinho then added the League Cup and FA Cup to his trophy haul despite missing out on a hat-trick of domestic wins in his third year at Stamford Bridge.

However, a poor start to the next campaign saw Chelsea part ways with their most successful manager following a reported falling out with owner Roman Abramovich.

Jose Mourinho was first sacked by Chelsea in 2007  (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Jose Mourinho was first sacked by Chelsea in 2007 (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Chris Hughton, Newcastle

Hughton is no stranger to an unfair sacking. Following Newcastle’s relegation in 2009 under club legend Alan Shearer, the former Tottenham player was tasked with helping the club get back into the Premier League.

Losing just four league games all season, Hughton’s team smashed the 100-point mark as they cruised their way to the Championship title and promotion back to the top flight.

Just four months into the new season however, with the club comfortably mid-table, owner Mike Ashley decided he was not the man for the job and was shown the door.

Sam Allardyce, Blackburn Rovers

Having steadied the ship following the disastrous reign of Paul Ince when appointed two years earlier, ‘Big Sam’ had Blackburn sitting a comfortable 13th in the Premier League table as 2010 drew to a close.

However, when the club’s new owners arrived at Ewood Park, they harboured grander ambitions and Allardyce was harshly shown the exit door.

Within 18 months, the club were relegated under his replacement Steve Kean.

Sam Allardyce was sacked by Blackburn Rovers following the Venkys takeover of the club   (Photo by John Walton - EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)
Sam Allardyce was sacked by Blackburn Rovers following the Venkys takeover of the club (Photo by John Walton - EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)

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Carlo Ancelotti, Chelsea and Real Madrid

The Italian led Chelsea to the club’s first ever Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010 but a second-placed finish 12 months later was deemed not good enough for Abramovich who again decided to pull the trigger.

Failure to build on initial success cost Ancelotti his job at Chelsea (Getty)
Failure to build on initial success cost Ancelotti his job at Chelsea (Getty)

History was to effectively repeat itself at Real Madrid. Ancelotti helped the club land the much sought after ‘Decima’, ending a 12-year Champions League drought in the process.

Unfortunately, a semi-final defeat to Juventus the following year as well as a runners-up finish to rivals Barcelona saw him relieved of his duties.

Roberto Mancini, Manchester City

Mancini ended Manchester City’s long trophy drought with a FA Cup win in 2011 and famously followed it up by leading the club to a first league title in 44 years in dramatic circumstances a year later.

Just twelve months on however, the Italian was shown the door at the Etihad despite a second place finish in the league.

Claudio Ranieri, Leicester City

Ranieri made history in 2016 when he took a team threatened with relegation the previous season and turned them into arguably the most unlikely champions of England in the long history of the game.

Indeed, Leicester’s title-winning season was perhaps the greatest underdog story of all time.

But a dramatic, though not entirely unexpected, dip in form the following season resulted in Ranieri being fired by Leicester less than eight months after leading the club to their greatest success.

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