Paolo Di Canio paid the ultimate footballing price for Sunderland’s poor start to the season when he became the first Premier League sacking of the new season.
The fiery Italian’s departure is rumoured to have come about following a bust up with some senior members of the Sunderland squad although with the Black Cats without a win since April 20th and with just one point on board so far this season matters on the field have played a large part in his dismissal.
While Di Canio’s 12 game, 175 day, reign in charge is one of the shortest in the Premier League and indeed football, however it is not the shortest with the former Swindon boss lasting a lot longer than some of these unfortunate managerial souls.
Henning Berg – Blackburn (57 days, 2012)
The former Manchester United and Blackburn lasted just 57 days with the Championship side last season winning just one game. Berg had previously managed at Lyn and Lillestrom in his homeland and was working as a TV pundit prior to the call from Blackburn.
Famously announced prior to his appointment that “no real managers with credibility would accept a job like that” and early this year took a case against the club for unpaid wages.
Brian Clough – Leeds United (44 days, 1974)
Perhaps the most famous short stay of all occurred in 1974 when Brian Clough took charge of Leeds United. A bad divorce always appeared on the cards when the former Derby man took control at Elland Road.
Clough used to bad mouth Leeds constantly while in charge of the rams and was not a popular figure amongst the Leeds players and fans. In the end the players got their wish and Clough left, later guiding Nottingham Forest to two European cup victories.
Alex McLeish – Nottingham Forest (40 days, 2012)
The former Rangers and Aston Villa manager was a surprise choice to take over at the City ground and there was none when he left just five weeks later following a dispute with the club’s owners over transfer policy although his case was not helped by a failure to win over the squad or fans in his brief time at the club
Martin Ling – Cambridge United (9 days, 2009)
While McLeish, Clough and Berg all made it past the two week mark spare a thought for poor Martin Ling. Ling failed to make it to the dreaded 10 day mark when he took the reins at Conference National side Cambridge United.
The previous manager, Gary Brabin had left the club after just over a year citing a poor relationship with the club’s chairman George Rolls and Ling followed suit after just 9 days citing irreconcilable differences with the same man.
Leroy Rosenior – Torquay (10 minutes, 2007)
All of the above pales in comparison with the plight suffered by Leroy Rosenior.
The former QPR and West Ham United striker lasted just 10 minutes, less than the usual allotted Fergie time, in charge of Torquay United.
Rosenior had the misfortune of being appointed manager just as the club were being taken over by a local consortium.
With the Papers all signed, they decided they wanted their own man in and Rosenior was gone. He has not managed since.