12 managerial reigns that make Frank de Boer's four league games at Palace look lengthy

Frank de Boer

The Dutchman has been sacked at Selhurst Park after losing three of his opening four league games. Nick Harper looks back at some more oh-so-brief stints

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1. Brian Clough, Leeds, 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'd led Leeds to the league title 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, 2006 (41 days)

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. He's since done quite all right as Southampton's astute head of football development, mind. P8 W1 D1 L6

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

Fresh from taking Birmingham down into the Championship, McLeish replaced Sean O'Driscoll with the brief of taking Forest 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 top 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 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, 1997 (13 days)

Swansea City went through six managers inside 18 months in the 1990s

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

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

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