12 of football's ludicrously short managerial reigns

Paul Scholes Oldham

Paul Scholes has chucked it in at Oldham after a disagreement with the club's direction. Nick Harper looks back at some more oh-so-brief stints

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Oh, Scholesey: it could have been beautiful. But alas, his romantic return to boyhood club Oldham Athletic has been cut short after just 31 days. 

In a statement, the former Manchester United midfielder sobbed: “The fans, players, my friends and family all knew how proud and excited I was to take this role. In the short period since I took on the role it unfortunately became clear I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role."

The thing is, though, some of these gaffers would have loved to have been in the job for so long. Others couldn't wait to get out... 

Marcelo Bielsa, Lazio (2 days)

P0 W0 D0 L0

On July 6, 2016, Bielsa was announced as the new manager of Serie A side Lazio. On July 8, 2016, Bielsa resigned. The Argentine was annoyed by what he saw as broken promises in the transfer market, so quit before he'd even got started. A furious Lazio tried to sue him for €50m. 

Brian Clough, Leeds, 1974 (44 days)

Played 7 Won 1 Drew 3 Lost 3

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. 

Leroy Rosenior, Torquay, 2007 (10 minutes)

P0 W0 D0 L0

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. 

Les Reed, Charlton, 2006 (41 days)

P8 W1 D1 L6

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 later did quite all right as Southampton's astute head of football development, mind, earning the south coast club approximately £86bn from transfers to Liverpool alone (ish). 

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

P7 W1 D2 L4

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".

Steve Coppell, Manchester City, 1996 (33 days)

P6 W2 D1 L3

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.