Tuesday 24 October 2017

Five managers who have lost their jobs in unusual circumstances

Gus Poyet
Gus Poyet
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

After returning from a short holiday, Michael Laudrup was summoned by the board and informed his services would no longer be required as manager of Swansea City.

The growing discontent within the club at Laudrup’s manner was brought to a head when he went on holidays after the weekend defeat at West Ham United, the final straw in a fractious relationship with chairman Huw Jenkins.

Here are other managers that lost their job in unusual circumstances

Gus Poyet

When Gus Poyet appeared on BBC as a pundit during last year’s Confederations Cup, little did he know he would be discussing his sacking as Brighton manager.

The bizarre situation occurred live on TV as he was informed that the club had announced the Uruguayan had lost his job in front of millions of viewers.

The sacking immediately took precedence over the game itself and made for uncomfortable, yet compelling viewing.

Vicente del Bosque

Hard to imagine that a Champions League winning manager could ever be sacked after landing such a prestigious trophy – Avram Grant may have also tested that theory had Chelsea beaten Man United in Moscow in 2008 – but that is the amazing fate that fell on Vicente del Bosque in 2003.

“Del Bosque was showing signs of exhaustion. I want to be sincere about this – our belief that he was not the right coach for the future,” club president Florentino Perez said at the time.

Del Bosque won the Champions League twice while in charge at the Bernabeu and the club has failed to land Europe’s top trophy since, with 63 year-old going on to win a World Cup and European Championship with Spain.

Possibly not Madrid’s wisest decision.

Martin Jol

Spurs could at least have had a decency to wait until the game was over before letting it be known that Martin Jol was heading for the exit door.

Rumours were abound that the popular Jol was to be replaced and when pictures emerged of Tottenham vice chairman Paul Kemsley and club secretary John returning from a trip to Spain after speaking to Juande Ramos, the writing was on the wall.

Daniel Levy had intended to tell the Dutchman after the Europa League game against Getafe, but a friend text during the match to say that the news had broken.

Trevor Francis

It is now more than a decade since pundit Trevor Francis last managed, with Simon Jordan ending what may well have been his final managerial reign at Crystal Palace in 2003.

The Palace chairman revealed in his book that when it came to terminating Francis’ time in charge, the former England international found the news difficult to take that particular day.

“Trevor Francis didn’t take it very well,” Jordan recalled. “He just sat there quietly and said ‘But it’s my birthday’. I had no idea. What could I do? I said ‘Many happy returns, Trev,’ and gave him his P45.”

Happy birthday indeed.

Leroy Rosenior

Brian Clough’s 44 day stint in charge of Leeds United was so short that it is still regarded with notoriety despite chairmen these days have less patience than ever before.

The case of Leroy Rosenior at Torquay however really takes the biscuit.

On the 17th of May 2007, Rosenior was appointed manager at Plainmoor. He lost his job jthat very day.

Now a BBC pundit, Rosenior had been bought back to manage Torquay for a second spell by chairman Mike Bateson, but barely 10 minutes after his opening press conference came to an end, he received the bizarre news.

Bateson called Rosenior and told him that he’d just sold the club. What’s more, the new owners didn’t want him and he was to leave via the revolving door through which he’d only just made his entrance.

Not surprisingly Rosenior, whose son Liam plays for Hull City, has the unenviable record of the shortest managerial reign in the Football League

Online Editors

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport