12 of football's ludicrously short managerial reigns

Paul Scholes Oldham
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<--pagebreak-->Paul Hart, QPR, 2009/10 (28 days)

P5 W1 D2 L2

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". 

Micky Adams, Swansea, 1997 (13 days)

P3 W0 D0 L3

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. 

Dave Bassett, Crystal Palace, 1984 (4 days)

P0 W0 D0 L0

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. 

Martin Ling, Cambridge United, 2009 (9 days)

P0 W0 D0 L0. (Ling later returned following the departure of the club’s chairman and managed the club for 87 games)

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. 

Kevin Cullis, Swansea, 1996 (8 days)

P2 W0 D0 L2

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

Billy McKinlay, Watford (8 days)

P2 W1 D1 L0

It all happened so quickly. First he was appointed first-team to coach to Oscar Garcia, then got given the gig full-time three days later when the Spaniard stepped down for health reasons. So, having relinquished his role as assistant manager for Northern Ireland and overseeing two unbeaten matches, he was promptly binned off for Slavisa Jokanovic (who later got them promoted, in fairness). 

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