The Top 10 Worst Premier League Manager Appointments Ever Have Been Named
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From Arsenal to Manchester United, Aston Villa to Newcastle, the 10 worst Premier League managerial appointments ever have been named.
It's that time of year when many clubs take a chance on a new boss to inspire a mid-season turnaround. Let's hope they go better than this collection of cheese-healers and winless wonders who were simply awful for their Premier League clubs.
10. Unai Emery (Arsenal)
Yes, there's bigger problems at Arsenal than just who's manager. No, Emery did not help himself as he failed to deal with any of Arsenal's long-term problems or improve results. After a year and a half in charge, few could tell you what kind of side Emery was actually trying to build. Good ebening and goodbye.
They have to ESSSSSSPLAIN that one pic.twitter.com/uM2ZsyNGSJ
- Chris Alaimo (@ChrisAlaimo6) December 22, 2020
9. Felix Magath (Fulham)
Took over with a brief to save Fulham from relegation in February 2014, failed, then started poorly in the Championship and was sacked after a run of 11 league games without a win. But, let's face it, the only thing anyone remembers about Magath: he told Brede Hangeland to treat a knee injury with cheese. Case closed.
8. David Moyes (Manchester United)
Stepping into Sir Alex Ferguson's shoes was an impossible job - but Moyes did an amazing job in making it look even harder than it was. His 2013 summer transfer window was a nightmare and he somehow turned Man United from feared champions into banter club in months. Moyes has done great work at other Premier League clubs - but not at this one.
Just a reminder that David Moyes signed Fellaini instead of Thiago for Manchester United because Moyes wasn't "convinced of his quality." pic.twitter.com/T6t322q1uV
- Football Factly (@FootballFactly) September 20, 2020
7. Bob Bradley (Swansea)
The first American to manage a Premier League club clearly loved those high-scoring US sports! His Swansea side conceded 29 goals in only 11 league games - a record-setting pace that could have seen him break the -100 goals against barrier, if he'd been allowed to continue. He was not.
6. Paul Ince (Blackburn)
A hot-shot young manager when he got the Blackburn job in 2008, after Ince had done a fine job at MK Dons. Following three wins in 17 games as Rovers boss, Ince just looked "shot" sadly - his tenure proving so disastrous that Blackburn fans were chanting for Graeme Souness. File under: you know things are bad when.
5. Tony Adams (Portsmouth)
A legendary captain and player - and a legendarily bad manager, unfortunately. Appointed full-time Portsmouth boss in October 2009, Mr Arsenal Adams managed to take just 10 points from 16 games - with a club that had won the FA Cup the previous season - before he was sacked.
Tony Adams: "Arsene Wenger taught me nothing"
Adams Win %:
Wycombe - 22.6%
Portsmouth - 18.2%
Gabala - 33.3%
Granada - 0%
We know...:joy: pic.twitter.com/hNx33124FC
- Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 7, 2017
4. John Carver (Newcastle)
Newcastle were a respectable 10th when Carver took over, as caretaker at first, in January 2015. He couldn't quite take the Magpies down, but he came damn close, going on a club-record eight-game losing streak despite saying he was the "best coach in the Premier League". He claimed the quote was taken out of context. Let's hope so. Because he was not.
3. Remi Garde (Aston Villa)
Frenchman took over with Villa rock bottom of the league in 2015. So, at least the only way is up, right? Wrong! Garde's side scored 12 goals, to go with their 12 points and 12 defeats, before he was sacked after 20 league games with Villa still bottom. Oh, he also dropped Jack Grealish. Wonderful.
2. Frank De Boer (Crystal Palace)
Statistical perfection. Four Premier League games, four defeats, zero goals scored. In fairness to De Boer, no manager deserves to be judged on just four league games. In unfairness to De Boer, not much he's done since suggests Palace let a managerial genius go too soon.
1. Steve Kean (Blackburn)
A disaster on and off the pitch. Kean was a surprise choice to replace Sam Allardyce in 2010 with Blackburn around mid-table. He almost got Rovers relegated in his first season, completed that job in his second, before belatedly getting fired with the club in the Championship.
During his tenure, Kean was recorded in Hong Kong bar falsely alleging that Allardyce had been sacked from Blackburn because he was a crook (Allardyce was awarded "substantial" damages as a result). Kean was also convicted of drink driving - his defence that his drink had been spiked following a game against Man United being rejected in court. Setting up a strong defence clearly not Kean's strong point, as Blackburn fans know too well.
Claudio Ranieri was Leicester manager for less time than Steve Kean was Blackburn manager.
- Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) February 23, 2017
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