Ten worst managerial spells in Prem history as Nuno sacked by Tottenham

Managing in the Premier League isn’t for everyone.

Many have come and gone as they’ve tried their hand in the big time but it’s not a job cut out for the faint hearted.

With pressure piled on from all directions and expectations through the roof, you’ve got to be made of stern stuff to hold down a position in one of the Premier League’s coveted hotseats.

Nuno Espirito Santo has become the latest name to feel the heat and join the Premier League’s lengthy list of sackings after Tottenham Hotspur gave him the chop on Monday.

The former Wolves boss managed a meagre 124 days at the helm with Spurs’ 3-0 home loss to Manchester United on Saturday making it five defeats in their last seven league matches.

While Nuno’s short-lived Tottenham reign will go down in the history books for all the wrong reasons, the Portuguese gaffer can seek solace in knowing he isn’t the only manager to have experienced a disastrous stint in charge.

Daily Star Sport takes a look at the other names in the frame for the unwanted title of worst Premier League managerial spell ever.

David Moyes – Manchester United

Let’s be honest, it was never going to be easy for anyone to step into the shoes of a Sir Alex Ferguson when he called time on his trophy-laden 26-year reign at Manchester United.

The great Scot hand-picked Everton’s David Moyes as his successor and ‘The Chosen One’ duly accepted the poisoned chalice.

A calamitous stint lasting less than 10 months saw Moyes struggle to make the step up as he suffered humiliating defeat after humiliating defeat on his way to breaking a number of unwanted United records.

Andre Villas-Boas – Chelsea

When a suave, young Portuguese manager, fresh from guiding Porto to European glory waltzed into Chelsea, it was a sense of déjà vu for Blues fans.

However, Andre Villas-Boas failed to live up to the billing and repeat the feats of former mentor Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

‘AVB’ looked out of his depth from the start and his controversial decision to attempt to phase out senior stars such as Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba only compounded matters.

Defeat to West Brom after falling out of the top four was enough for owner Roman Abramovich to pull the plug less than a year on from Villas-Boas’ appointment.

To make matters all the more worse for the Portuguese prodigy, caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo went on the guide the Blues to FA Cup and Champions League glory later that same season.

Roy Hodgson – Liverpool

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After an impressive spell at Fulham, which included steering them to a Europa League final, Hodgson gleefully accepted the job at Liverpool. In hindsight, perhaps he wished he didn’t.

Humiliation at the hands of Northampton Town in the League Cup was a serious low point as Hodgson mustered a paltry 13 wins in 31 games.

By mid-January, the Reds found themselves perilously close to the bottom of the league, leading to Anfield bosses making the old-timer the first manager in the club’s history to be sacked in the middle of the season and the man with the shortest managerial reign for Liverpool.

Frank De Boer – Crystal Palace

However, reigns don’t come much shorter than Frank De Boer’s with Crystal Palace.

The Dutchman was roped in to change the style and philosophy of football at Selhurst Park, but it was soon discovered that De Boer didn’t have the players or the coaching ability required for such a drastic change.

The Eagles lost their first four matches without scoring a single goal and looked doomed for the drop should De Boer continue in his first ever Premier League manager gig.

Palace rightfully cut their losses and called it quits, parting ways with the man once labelled “the worst-ever Premier League manager” by Mourinho.

Jan Siewert – Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield upset the odds when David Wagner guided the minnows to the Premier League but struggled in his second season after initially securing survival.

The former Dortmund II boss was then replaced by another Dortmund II coach as the Terriers looked to repeat their miraculous trick.

With Huddersfield destined for the drop, the inexperienced Siewert had his work cut out, however, his side didn’t even put up a fight, claiming a mere five points and only netting nine goals in 15 matches as they were swiftly relegated.

So much for that new manager bounce.

Paul Jewell – Derby County

Derby were in dire straits with their Premier League status on the line when they decided to replace the doomed Billy Davies with Paul Jewell in November 2007.

However, by March, The Rams had secured relegation and the earliest top-flight exit of any Premier League club in history.

Jewell’s derby failed to win a game during his top-flight tenure and set a remarkable club record of 21 games without a win on their way to just 11 points in the entire Premier League season.

That’s going to take some beating.

Bob Bradley – Swansea

The only American to ever manage in the Premier League, Bob Bradley lasted just 85 days at Swansea City – the second shortest in the league’s illustrious history.

During his 11 games as the Swans’ boss, Bradley only managed two wins and saw his shoddy side concede 29 goals during that time.

If it’s any consolation for the former USA national team coach, three other managers were thrust into the Swansea City hotseat that season and also flopped as the Welsh outfit were sent down to the Championship.

Terry Connor – Wolves

With Wolves on the brink of relegation, new life at the club was needed.

Mick McCarthy was sacked with number two Terry Connor given his shot at the big time and 13 matches to save Wolves’ season.

The managerial change made no difference whatsoever as the inexperienced assistant failed to win a single match during his reign, managing four points and conceding 33 goals, as the West Midlands club were relegated anyway.

Connor has since reclaimed his more comfortable role as McCarthy’s assistant with Ireland, Ipswich, APOEL and Cardiff.

Remi Garde – Aston Villa

Garde landed the Aston Villa job with the club languishing bottom of the Premier League in November 2015.

However, in another story which shouts uninspiring, the Frenchman couldn’t change his side’s fortunes as they managed a meagre 12 goals and 12 points in his 20 games in charge.

Garde watched on as his underperforming squad registered the fourth-lowest Premier League points tally in the club’s history and endured a first ever relegation from the Premier League.

Les Reed – Charlton

And finally, the man who holds the record for the shortest managerial tenure in Premier League history.

Reed was given what would prove to be his only managerial outing when Charlton sacked Iain Dowie in November 2006.

Dowie’s number two lasted just 41 days before being given the chop having seen his side dumped out of the League Cup by lowly Wycombe Wanderers and register one solitary win during his six weeks, while earning himself the infamous nicknames “Les Miserables” and “Santa Clueless”.

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