The earliest kicks in a Premier League season


We can now affirm that the 2021/22 season within the Premier League is de facto underway – we have now had our first management dismissal!

Not surprisingly, Watford have been the primary membership to get itchy toes and hearth their supervisor this yr, regardless of not beginning so badly.

But two wins of seven in a fresh, harder division and 14th place within the desk usually are not sufficient for Hornets proprietor Gino Pozzo, who determined it was time to recharge the Random Football Manager Generator after simply seven video games.

However, he will not be the primary to get the boss equal of an early tub, nor will he be the final.

So, let’s take a have a look at the 20 managers who’ve launched the few video games right into a new season.

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Tim Sherwood provided us some iconic Premier League moments throughout his time at Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa’s excavation, however his profession finally fell aside.

He was sacked by Villa 10 matches through the 2015/16 season, after failing to win in 9 of these matches. Relocation kind, and so it went.

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Big issues have been anticipated of Ronald Koeman throughout his time at Everton, however the whole lot fell aside in 2017. He spent a bucket of money, didn’t make all of the gel and left Toffees within the relegation zone after 9 video games.

That was the top of the street for Koeman, who can now be discovered managing * Checking notes * Barcelona ?!

Pointing the solution to the entrance door / Ben Radford / Getty Images

Sunderland will not be a spot the place it’s best to search for a deposit on a home should you are a soccer supervisor – possibly look into renting an condo on a month to month foundation.

Despite being in cost for seven years, Peter Reid solely received 9 video games into the 2002/03 season.

A common man in Sunderland / Ian MacNicol / Getty Images

Sunderland wanted assist to return out of a relocation cease in 2015, Gus Poyet fired and employed Dick Advocaat. The Dutchman did the job, securing prime standing and noting a vital victory over Newcastle in the method.

He solely lasted eight video games subsequent season, however he did what he might for the Black Cats.

Not as much as it / Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

The man who took over from everybody’s favourite Italian grandfather, Claudio Ranieri, didn’t final too lengthy in the new seat. Craig Shakespeare saved Leicester City within the Premier League and loved a enjoyable Champions League run, nevertheless it all got here to a head initially of the next season.

He was fired after simply eight video games within the 2017/18 season and Claude Puel was chosen as his alternative.

So near glory / OLI SCARFF / Getty Images

Poor Brendan Rodgers. He had are available a whisker (and a slip) to win the Premier League title with Liverpool in 2013/14, however the near-hero fashions have been rapidly forgotten on Merseyside.

After a stoop subsequent season, Rodgers then managed eight video games within the 2015/16 marketing campaign and was fired after a draw in opposition to rivals Everton. Jurgen Klopp was chosen as a alternative and the remaining is historical past.

An enormous sweater / Julian Herbert / Getty Images

A shocking time then – and it turned out rapidly. Stuart Gray collected six factors from eight video games, and the poor run noticed his time as Southampton boss take a really untimely finish in 2001.

Five factors from eight video games / Michael Cooper / Getty Images

Making begin is essential to setting the tone in your Premier League season, so Leicester have been in a difficult place eight video games within the 2001/02 promotion.

Peter Taylor’s males had solely collected 5 factors from a attainable 24, and the foxes selected to tug the set off.

Seven and gone / Matthew Ashton – AMA / Getty Images

Swansea City have been as soon as a part of the Premier League furnishings, and in 2016 they have been led by Italian supervisor Francesco Guidolin. He arrived in England firstly of the calendar yr comparatively unknown, however impressed through the final months of the 2015/16 season.

But simply seven video games into his second season on the membership, Guidolin was launched – even on his birthday. It’s simply superior.

The Last Fired / David Rogers / Getty Images

Xisco Munoz. The Watford coach took over in December 2020, had his membership promoted and is now out of a job simply a couple of months later.

The Hornets had not even made a unhealthy begin to the brand new season, however Watford homeowners have requirements – requirements which can be seemingly unattainable for any coach on the planet.

The Special One / Mark Thompson / Getty Images

Undoubtedly one of the crucial surprising dismissals in soccer. Early in his fourth season at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho misplaced his mojo and determined to go to battle. He challenged proprietor Roman Abramovich to again him up with signings or hearth him.

Abramovich selected the latter, and after two Premier League titles through the pirevious three years, Special One Special Gone was solely six matches within the 2007/08 marketing campaign.

Dismissed in 2003! You get fired in 2003! / Ross Kinnaird / Getty Images

Not the final entry in Tottenham Hotspur, that is obviously. The soccer panorama was very totally different in 2003, and firstly of the 2003/04 season, North Londoners needed to press the panic button.

Six video games into the brand new season, Spurs fell to the underside three after a 3-1 defeat to Southampton, and sufficient was sufficient for the board. The blame was positioned on Glenn Hoddle’s shoulders, and he was despatched packing.

A hearth in Sunderland / Michael Regan / Getty Images

Oh, what we miss the times when Sunderland have been within the Premier League. Every season was crammed with hazard and relegation terror, however they virtually all the time gave a wonderful and miraculous escape – till they clearly didn’t.

Paolo Di Canio was commissioned to encourage one in every of the nice refugees of 2013, and he did simply that and saved the Black Cats in the highest flight with a memorable Tyne-Wear derby win.

But 5 video games into 2013/14 he was gone. Soccer is awaiting no man.

Player Manager / Ben Radford / Getty Images

It all smelled of roses for Gianluca Vialli and Chelsea initially of the 2000/01 marketing campaign, once they kicked it off with a trophy – the celebrated Charity Shield.

That was the place the completely happy days ended, as fall-outs with gamers, poor outcomes and full chaos noticed Vialli get chopped, a handful of matches into the brand new season.

An extended reign with an abrupt finish / Ross Kinnaird / Getty Images

Leeds United went by a few many years of being an absolute basket case for a membership, however Howard Wilkinson’s dismissal was a mannequin of what was to are available Yorkshire.

Wilkinson was in command of the Whites for half a decade, however his reign got here to an abrupt finish in 1996, when he was fired after simply 5 video games.

Once Man Citys supervisor / Alan Crowhurst / Getty Images

Manchester City haven’t all the time been the celebrity membership they at the moment are, and their state of affairs was very totally different again in 1993.

Frustrated by neighbors Manchester United’s good begin to the season and with only one level on 12 personal, the Citizens took their anger in opposition to Reid and fired their supervisor 4 video games into the season.

Poor Peter, by some means finally ends up on this record twice. Just give him time!

Another Pozzo Victim / Ian MacNicol / Getty Images

Time to place some respect on Javi Gracia’s title, as a result of he has lasted the longest of any supervisor all through the Pozzo period. After guiding Watford to an FA Cup remaining in 2019, the coach was fired a couple of months later – and solely 4 video games into the brand new season.

Watford then named Quique Sanchez Flores (who was sacked 10 video games later) and ended the season relegated to the Championship. Probably a rash, this.

A Legend About the Game / Stu Forster / Getty Images

It was the top of an period at St James’ Park, when membership legend Sir Bobby Robson was launched from his duties in 2004, 4 video games into the brand new season.

It was a tragic day for them at Newcastle United who waved goodbye to a coach who desperately needed to return them to the highest of English soccer. Those days now really feel like a distant reminiscence for the magpies.

“The worst coach in Premier League history” / Alex Livesey / Getty Images

Frank de Boer was employed by Crystal Palace on June 26, 2017. On September 11, 2017, Frank de Boer was fired by Crystal Palace. Who higher to sum up his time with the Eagles than Mr Mourinho?

“I read a quote from the worst coach in Premier League history, Frank de Boer,” mentioned Mourinho.

“He said it’s not good for Marcus Rashford to have a coach like me, because the most important thing for me is to win.

“If he was coached by Frank, he would be taught to lose as a result of he misplaced each sport.”

The shortest performing supervisor / Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

What a wierd time within the historical past of Tottenham Hotspur this was. Despite having so little expertise as a supervisor, Christian Gross received the Spurs job.

He virtually received them relegated within the 1997/98 marketing campaign, however they virtually held on. However, he solely received three video games through the 1998/99 season earlier than Spurs pulled the plug on this experiment. Madness.

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