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Five shortest managerial reigns
Paolo Di Canio lasted just 13 games as Sunderland manager. David Jones / EPA

Five shortest managerial reigns


Paolo Di Canio’s six months as manager at Sunderland was one of the shortest spells as an English Premier League manager. Thomas Woods looks at the five shortest reigns, in terms of games in charge.

Les Reed, Charlton Athletic Reed was assistant to Iain Dowie and took over when Dowie was fired in 2006. “Les Miserables” is a headline printed at the time of his tenure. His 42 days in charge saw Charlton eliminated from both cup competitions by lower league opposition and move into the relegation zone. He was fired on Christmas Eve.

Jacques Santini, Tottenham Santini agreed to take the Spurs job while still France manager – a move he later blamed for his downfall. France were knocked out of Euro 2004 by Greece in a quarter-final shock and Santini’s new era at White Hart Lane saw him win just five of 13 games before leaving for “personal reasons”.

Paolo Di Canio, Sunderland The most memorable moment of Di Canio’s reign was his exuberant celebrations after beating local rivals Newcastle United 3-0 away in his second game in charge, helping them avoid relegation. That was as good as it got as he won just two more games and fell out with most of his players.

Colin Todd, Derby County The 2001/02 season saw Derby have three managers as they were relegated following a six-year spell in the top flight. When Jim Smith resigned in October 2011, assistant Todd stepped up and lost 11 of 17 games in charge. He was replaced by John Gregory, but the drop still beckoned.

Roy Hodgson, Liverpool Hodgson’s time at Liverpool seemed doomed from the start in 2010, with the fans failing to warm to him and calling for club legend Kenny Dalglish to return to the club. Now the manager of England, he lasted 20 league games at Anfield (31 total), winning just seven times.