The Shortest Manager Stints in Premier League History
The job as a football manager can be rewarding and just as horrible, as it can be an unforgiving results based business. Someone is always going to be bottom of the league and that means someone will pay with their job as owners and fans have far reaching expectations.
Let's take a look at the shortest manager stints in Premier League history.
8. Tony Adams - Portsmouth (106 days)
Tony Adams is one of the greatest one club players in Premier League history but he also holds one of the shortest manager stints in league history. Adams held trainee coaching roles in the Netherlands and a spell at Wycombe where he failed to avoid relegation to League Two before joining Portsmouth as assistant manager under Harry Redknapp in 2006.
Redknapp would leave to Tottenham in 2008 and Adams was appointed caretaker manager. After just 16 games as manager and picking up only 10 points, Adams was sacked and replaced with caretaker manager Paul Hart.
7. Colin Todd - Derby County (98 days)
Colin Todd played 600 games in the Football League but couldn't even crack 100 days managing Derby County. Todd had a successful stint at Bolton where he earned promotion to the Premier League and yo-yoed through the top two divisions.
Todd joined Swindon in 2000 and was sacked after five wins in 20 games. He went on to join Derby County as an assistant before taking on the managerial role in late 2001. With a lack of transfer funds available, Todd couldn't reverse their poor form and he was sacked.
6. Terry Connor - Wolves (91 days)
Terry Connor has been an assistant for almost his entire managerial career. In 2012 Connor replaced Mick McCarthy as manager following his sacking from Wolverhampton. In his 13 games in charge he couldn't steer the club away from Premier League relegation, failing to win any games and grabbing only four points.
The club would hire Ståle Solbakken during the offseason as his replacement. In 2018 Connor served as an assistant to Republic of Ireland manager and close associate Mick McCarthy during theit Euro 2020 campaign which failed following a 4-2 shootout loss to Slovakia in the playoffs.
5. Quique Sanchez Flores - Watford (85 days)
Spanish football manager Quique Sánchez Flores was a former manager of Real Madrid's youth team before going on to manager Getafe, Valenica, Benfica, Athletico Madrid and spells in UAE. In 2015 he managed Watford as the fifth manager in the space of only one year.
Flores earned himself the Premier League Manager of the Month award in December 2015, earned a mid-table finish and made the finals of the FA Cup before leaving in 2016 for the Espanyol job in Spain. In 2019 he returned to Watford, managed only one win and was sacked after 85 days. During his reign, Watford lost 8-0 to Manchester City, falling behind 5-0 after only 15 minutes.
...OK tribe, I'll be back tomorrow with part 2 as we count down to the shortest stint in Premier League history
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