Ten managerial reigns shorter than Hockaday's 70 days at Leeds

In an unsurprising move, Leeds have sacked coach Dave Hockaday after just 70 days at Elland Road. To mark the occasion, Nick Harper looks back at some of the shortest managerial reigns (or 'quickest sackings', if you're feeling cruel) in the history of English (and Welsh) football...

1. Brian Clough, Leeds United, 1974 (44 days)

The short but infamous stint they made a film (and book) about. Brian Howard Clough arrived at Elland Road to take over from Don 'The Don' Revie, who had led Leeds to the League Championship the previous season and moved on to the England job. Clough made enemies of everyone he encountered from the outset and was sacked after taking four points from a possible 12. He went to Nottingham Forest and set about winning two European Cups. Played 7 Won 1 Drew 3 Lost 3

2. Les Reed, Charlton Athletic, 2006 (41 days)

Les Reed's 41-day stint as manager at the Valley saw him win just once and oversee a League Cup defeat to League Two Wycombe Wanderers. The man they nicknamed Les Misérables was sacked on Christmas Eve and replaced by Alan Pardew. P8 W1 D1 L6

3. Alex McLeish, Nottingham Forest, 2012-13 (40 days)

Fresh from taking Birmingham City down into the Championship, McLeish replaced Sean O'Driscoll, with the brief of taking Forest up into the Premier League. He lasted 40 days, a disagreement with the Kuwaiti owners over transfer policy leading to his departure "by mutual consent". P7 W1 D2 L4

4. Steve Coppell, Manchester City, 1996 (33 days)

In between spells in charge at Crystal Palace, Coppell took the job at Manchester City. Back then, City were synonymous with epic underachievement, but Coppell packed it in after six games, citing stress. P6 W2 D1 L3

5. Paul Hart, QPR, 2009/10 (28 days)

Only ever a stop gap appointment, yet few expected Paul Hart to be done and dusted at Loftus Road in less than a month. Bar, perhaps, the itchy-fingered owner, Flavio Briatore. Hart was another who left by "mutual consent". P5 W1 D2 L2

6. Micky Adams, Swansea City, 1997 (13 days)

Swansea City went through six managers inside 18 months in the 1990s, with Micky Adams lasting less than two weeks. He walked away after promised transfer funds failed to materialise. Astonishingly though, he wasn't the club's shortest-standing manager during that period. P3 W0 D0 L3

7. Martin Ling, Cambridge United, 2009 (9 days)

Taking the job after his predecessor quit following "issues" with the chairman, Ling took over at the Conference club and lasted all of nine days. He too had irreconcilable differences with the man at the top. P0 W0 D0 L0. (Ling later returned following the departure of the club’s chairman and managed the club for 87 games)

8. Kevin Cullis, Swansea City, 1996 (8 days)

In and out at Swansea City in just over a week and two games. Cullis was either unceremoniously sacked or he resigned, depending on who you listen to. P2 W0 D0 L2

9. Dave Bassett, Crystal Palace, 1984 (4 days)

In the job so short a length of time, Dave 'Harry' Bassett hadn't even signed a contract at Palace before changing his mind and heading back to Wimbledon. P0 W0 D0 L0

10. Leroy Rosenior, Torquay United, 2007 (10 minutes)

Appointed just as a consortium took over the club, and when the ink on the deal was dry they wanted their own man. In and out inside 600 seconds. A record unlikely to be beaten. P0 W0 D0 L0

Taken from Top 10 For Men by Nick Harper, published by Octopus and out now


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