Class of 2016: Managerial casualties of the Premier League this season

Every season of the Premier League promises great drama on and off the field. While most of the limelight stays on the players, the managers manage to steal some of it from time to time. Now that the 2015-16 season has ended, we take a look at all the managers who have left their posts this season.

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri was the bookies' favourite for the first manger to be sacked when the season, began but he went on to win the title. Eventually, it was Sunderland's Dick Avocaat who first threw in the towel while Watford's Quique Sanchez Flores was the last.

Dick Advocaat (Sunderland)

Dick Advocaat, Sunderland's ex-manager. AFP

Dick Advocaat, Sunderland's ex-manager. AFP

The Dutchman had saved Sunderland from relegation last season as interim boss after taking over in March, then decided to resign, but eventually changed his mind and opted to stay on for another season. It proved a bad decision, as frustrated by lack of investment in the squad, he resigned on 4 October, with the Black Cats in the relegation zone after an eight-match winless run.

Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool)

Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers left the club without any silverware. AFP

Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers left the club without any silverware. AFP

Failure to deliver a single piece of silverware since arriving from Swansea City in 2012 eventually proved Rodgers' downfall. After coming agonisingly close to winning the Premier League in 2014, Liverpool regressed dramatically and Rodgers paid the price on 4 October, when he was axed following a lacklustre draw in the Merseyside derby against Everton.

Tim Sherwood (Aston Villa)

Aston Villa' Tim Sherwood was sacked in October. AFP

Aston Villa's ex-manager Tim Sherwood. AFP

Sherwood took charge of Villa in February 2015 following the departure of Paul Lambert, and initially looked like a good appointment, saving the club from relegation and leading them to the FA Cup final in the 2014-15 season. But the former Tottenham Hotspurs boss was sacked on 25 October after a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Swansea, a sixth straight top-flight defeat, which left the club bottom of the table.

Garry Monk (Swansea City)

Garry Monk was dismissed after managing just one win in 12 matches. AFP

Garry Monk

Hired in February 2014, the former Swansea defender earned plaudits for leading his team to a club best eighth-placed finish in the Premier League last season. However, the 36-year-old couldn't maintain that momentum and he was dismissed on 9 December, after just one win in 12 league and cup games, a 3-0 defeat at home to Leicester City proving the final straw.

Jose Mourinho (Chelsea)

Jose Mourinho was sacked because of a rift with the players. AFP

Jose Mourinho was sacked because of a rift with the players. AFP

By far the most high-profile managerial casualty of this season, Mourinho was sent packing on 17 December, after a 2-1 defeat at Leicester days earlier left last season's champions one point above the relegation zone. After months of rumours that Mourinho was unsuccessfully trying to quell a dressing room mutiny from players unhappy with his tough management style, Chelsea confirmed that "palpable discord" between manager and squad had been the decisive factor in his exit.

Steve McClaren (Newcastle United)

Newcastle United's Steve McClaren was sacked after just nine months in charge. AFP

Newcastle United's Steve McClaren was sacked after just nine months in charge. AFP

The former England manager's nine-month spell in charge ended in March after several days of speculation that he would be sacked following a 3-1 home defeat by Bournemouth that left the side second-bottom in the table and with just 10 games remaining in which to preserve their Premier League status.

Remi Garde (Aston Villa)

Remi Garde's miserable four-month reign at Aston Villa ended in March. AFP

Remi Garde's miserable four-month reign at Aston Villa ended in March. AFP

Although Garde was recommended by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, the former Lyon coach didn't come close to justifying his compatriot's faith. He notched just two wins from 20 league matches in a miserable four-month-long reign. By the time Garde departed by mutual consent, Villa were 12 points adrift of safety and destined for relegation to the second tier for the first time in 29 years.

Roberto Martinez (Everton)

Roberto Martinez initially made a great impression with Everton but left with his reputation tarnished. AFP

Roberto Martinez initially made a great impression with Everton but left with his reputation tarnished. AFP

Just one win in Everton's last 10 games was enough to convince the club's hierarchy that Martinez had to go, as fans began to show their disdain for the Spaniard. Martinez, who had initially made a good impression after his arrival from Wigan Athletic in 2013, was dismissed after a woeful 3-0 defeat at Sunderland left Everton 12th in the Premier League and his reputation significantly tarnished.

Quique Sanchez Flores (Watford)

Despite taking Watford to 11th place, Quique Sánchez Flores decided to part ways with the club. AFP

Despite taking Watford to 11th place, Quique Sánchez Flores decided to part ways with the club. AFP

Given he'd achieved the pre-season target set for him of keeping the Hornets in the Premier League — without the stress of a relegation battle — as well as guiding the team to an FA Cup semi-final, Flores' exit said more about the club's owners, the Pozzo family, who are now looking for their seventh full-time manager since taking charge in June 2012, than it did about the Spaniard.

Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City)

Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini will be replaced by Pep Guardiola. AFP

Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini will be replaced by Pep Guardiola. AFP

Manuel Pellegrini's reign as Manchester City manager ended with a 1-1 draw at Swansea on Sunday that was enough to effectively ensure his successor Pep Guardiola will be able to lead the club into the Champions League next season. Even though his tenure officially ends on 30 June, his inclusion in the list is warranted as it was established as early as February that he would not be at City next season. Despite winning three trophies in the past three years — one league title and two Capital One Cups — Pellegrini's failure to bring European success meant that the team owners ended up looking elsewhere.

The season may have ended but the managerial casualties could continue. With rumours about Louis van Gaal's departure gathering steam, will there be an 11th addition to this list? Or will it be Arsenal, who finally decide that it's time to part ways with Arsene Wenger?


Published Date: May 18, 2016 03:30 pm | Updated Date: May 18, 2016 03:30 pm


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