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Five Premier League managers with abbreviated tenures at the top


The English club Crystal Palace parted ways with manager Ian Holloway less than five months after he led them to promotion. We look at the past five Premier League managers to get their side to the top flight on to not see out the following season.


1. Brian McDermott, Reading: He led the club to the Championship title in 2012, and their Premier League start was brisk enough for McDermott to be voted manager of the month in January. But a run of four defeats, which left Reading deep in the relegation zone, led to his firing in March.

2. Nigel Adkins, Southampton: He engineered successive promotions with Southampton to climb from League One to the Premier League. The club were competitive in the first half last season and were three points clear of the relegation zone in January when he was replaced by Mauricio Pochettino.


3. Neil Warnock, Queens Park Rangers: QPR went up in May 2011, but struggled in the first half of the season. A 2-1 defeat at home to Norwich City on January 2 was the breaking point for the London side’s owner, Tony Fernandes, who fired Warnock, left, and brought in Mark Hughes.


4. Chris Hugton, Newcastle United: The dismissal of the popular manager generated anger on Tyneside. He had led the club to the Championship title in 2010 but, despite victories over Sunderland and Arsenal, he was fired in December and replaced by the present manager, Alan Pardew.


5. Owen Coyle, Burnely: Coyle and Burnley were the surprise of 2008/09 as they won promotion through the play-offs. Their first top-flight home game was a 1-0 victory over Manchester United. Coyle quit Burnley in January 2010 to go to Bolton, his former employers, who were relegated.