Picture this: The shortest managerial careers in football

Aston Villa have sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo after just 12 matches and 124 days in charge - quite a lot of which was the summer break. Yahoo Sport looks at others who have been ushered out of the door quickly.


Roberto Di Matteo

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Mido - Zamalek

Former Tottenham and Middlesbrough striker Mido was sacked as manager of Egyptian side Zamalek after just 37 days. Appointed on January 4 2016, he won his first four games, but a draw and a defeat was followed by a 2-0 loss to arch-rivals Al Ahly to leave them seven points behind them in the table...

Martin Ling - Cambridge United

In 2009 Martin Ling was appointed manager at the Abbey Stadium but just eight days later he walked out after a disagreement with chairman George Rolls. However, 16 days later, still in August, Ling returned to the club after Rolls left and stayed until 2011

Colin Todd - Derby County

Club legend Colin Todd replaced Jim Smith in 2002 with the Rams in relegation trouble. He lasted 17 games and 98 days at which point he was fired.  

Micky Adams - Swansea

In 1997 Micky Adams took over Swansea but within 13 days he had lost all three matches and was replaced by Kevin Cullis - who only lasted a match and half in (very) temporary charge.

Jacques Santini - Tottenham

Jacques Santini's time at Tottenham was brief. Appointed in 2004 after quitting the France national team, he lasted just 13 matches at White Hart Lane after reportedly falling out with club sporting director Frank Arnesen.

Steve Wigley - Southampton

It's not easy being a Pompey legend if you are at Saints and Steve Wigley found that. Just one win 14 matches - ironically against Portsmouth - saw the man who replaced Paul Sturrock himself replaced by December 2004.

Paolo di Canio - Sunderland S

Paolo di Canio became a folk hero in Sunderland in 2013 when he saved them from relegation from the Premier League and beat Newcastle on the way in a five-match spell. But seven games into the next season Paolo became an unemployed folk hero with the Black Cats struggling yet again...

Leroy Rosenior - Torquay

The guv'nor when it comes to short terms in charge. Appointed on May 17 2007, Leroy Rosenior was sacked at the same press conference just 10 minutes later when the club was taken over. He said: "It was a shock but we had a good laugh about it. They thought I had done a fantastic job... and are going to sort me out a bit of compensation."

Sammy Lee - Bolton

The long-time assistant to Sam Allardyce at Bolton got his chance when Big Sam quit in 2007 but just 11 matches and 40 days later, Little Sam was out.

Chris Hutchings - Bradford

In 2000 Bradford appointed assistant manager Paul Hutchings to replace Paul Jewell after he quit. The Bantams beat Chelsea and reached the semi-finals of the Inter-Toto Cup (remember that) but just one Premier League win in 12 by November meant he was fired.

Chris Hutchings - Wigan

Almost seven years to the day after being axed at Bradford for winning just one Premier League match in 12 which was a 2-0 defeat of Chelsea - after replacing Paul Jewell - lightning struck twice for Chris Hutchings who, incredibly at Wigan had replaced Paul Jewell, beat Chelsea... 12 games... etc

Paul Hart - QPR

Paul Hart lasted just 28 days and five games at the helm of QOR when he fell out with star man Adel Taraabt and had to go...

Paul Gascoigne - Kettering

It was hard to imagine a free spirit like Gazza making a genuine fist of management and after just 39 days and six games in charge of non-league Kettering, Gazza and the club went their own separate ways

Gian Piero Gasperini - Inter

Gian Piero Gasperini had just 5 games in charge at the San Siro in 2011. One was drawn, four was lost as was his job after a 3-1 defeat to Novara.

Iain Dowie - Charlton

In 2006, Charlton picked Iain Dowie as the replacement for Alan Curbishley. It did not go well for Dowie and just 12 games later, he was fired with the team in relegation trouble.

Les Reed - Charlton

Les Reed was picked to replace Iain Dowie at the Valley in 2006 - but it all unravelled very quickly. Just 41 days, seven games, 1 win and a cup defeat to fourth tier Wycome Wanderers later, "Les Miserables" as he was nicknamed by the press was an ex-Charlton manager.

Luigi Delneri - Porto

In 2004 Porto appointed Luigi Delneri to replace Jose Mourinho but 36 days and no matches later he was fired for "poor time keeping" after missing a training session.

Serse Cosmi - Palermo

Serse Cosmi was appointed manager of Serie A Palermo in 2011 and although he did manage to beat Inter in his four matches in charge, three defeats meant he was shown the porta chiusa

Steve Coppell - Manchester City

Back in the days when Manchester City were mere mortals, they looked to Steve Coppell to take them up a notch in 1996 but within 33 days and six matches the former Manchester United winger quit almost in tears, citing the pressure of the job  

Terry Connor - Wolves

With Wolves looking doomed to relegation from the Premier League in 2012, they appointed Terry Connor to save them. He didn't and after 13 matches he was shown the Molineux exit.

Brian Clough- Leeds

Why Brian Clough, a self-confessed hater of Leeds and everything to do with them, ever took the Elland Road job is a mystery but in 1974 he did. He lasted just 44 days and seven games before he decided to go and make Nottingham the best team in Europe. Twice. 

Steve Claridge - Millwall

In 2005, Millwall appointed their ex-striker Steve Claridge as manager following the departure of Dennis Wise but 36 days and no matches later he was axed and replaced by Colin Lee - the man he had asked the Lions board to appoint as his assistant. Millwall were relegated that season. 

Steve Bruce - Wigan

In his early days of management Steve Bruce was hard to pin down.  He became Wigan boss in 2001 but quit after eight matches and two months after they failed to win promotion through the players. He lasted a whopping 18 games in his next job - Crystal Palace - but return to Wigan in 2007 for a 68-game spell.

Jorg Berger - Arminia Bielefeld

Jorg Berger was apointed manager of Bielefeld on May 18 2009 for the final match of the season - which they had to win to retain Bundesliga status. In the end they drew 2-2, Berger was let go on June 30 and tragically within a year he had died.

Henning Berg - Blackburn

Having said he woul never manage the club he played for, it was a shock when Henning Berg was appointed Blackburn Rovers boss in 2012. Ten games, one win and 57 days later he was fired.

Dave Bassett

In 1984 Dave Bassett decided to leave Wimbledon and become Crystal Palace boss. Four days later, not having a contract, he quit and returned to the Dons where he led though the divisions...  

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