Bounceback managers: Jose, Fabio, King Kev, 'Judas' 'Arry and curious Italians

They say you should never go back, but managers do: Steve McClaren is back at Derby and Bruce Arena is the US men's coach again. Josh McLoughlin selects nine other bosses who couldn't stay away...

9. Kevin Keegan, Newcastle United

1992-1997 and 2008

Keegan resigned over disagreements on signings with director of football Dennis Wise, who helped to purchase Xisco and Nacho Gonzalez without the knowledge of the manager

King Kev very nearly guided Newcastle United to the Premier League title in his first spell in charge, but the Magpies fell away in the run-in and ultimately squandered a 12-point lead. Keegan still departed St James' Park as a hero in 1997, though, and he was welcomed back with open arms over a decade later after spells in charge of Fulham, England and Manchester City

He only lasted eight months, however: Keegan resigned over disagreements on signings with director of football Dennis Wise, who helped to purchase Xisco and Nacho Gonzalez without the knowledge of the manager. 

8. Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool

1985-1991 and 2011-2012

It would be 20 years until he set foot in the Anfield dugout again, with Dalglish initally appointed on an interim basis following Roy Hodgson's sacking in 2011

Dalglish became Liverpool player-manager shortly after the Heysel disaster in 1985, guiding the Reds to a league and cup double in his first season and winning the title twice more in 1988 and 1990. 

It would be 20 years until he set foot in the Anfield dugout again, with Dalglish initally appointed on an interim basis following Roy Hodgson's sacking in 2011. A solid start saw him land the job on a permanent basis, but the Scotsman was sacked after an eighth-place finish in his only full season in charge.

7. Francesco Guidolin, Palermo

2004-05, 2006-07, 2007 and 2007-08 (No, really)

Italian chairmen aren't exactly known for their patience and understanding, but Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini is an extreme example even by his countrymen's trigger-happy standards

Italian chairmen aren't exactly known for their patience and understanding, but Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini is an extreme example even by his countrymen's trigger-happy standards. Guidolin's four separate spells in charge of the Sicilians in four years makes a little more sense in that context, although quite why the recently-dismissed Swansea boss kept going back for more is anyone's guess.

Guidolin's first exit - after winning Serie B and then guiding Palermo to sixth spot in the top tier - was of his own accord, and he returned to the Stadio Renzo Barbera after an ill-fated spell at Monaco in 2005/06. He was sent packing by Zamparini after a poor run of form in April 2007 before being brought back just a month later, but a disappointing end to the campaign saw him sacked again.

His successor Stefano Colantuono failed to oversee a turnaround, though, so Guidolin was brought back for a fourth spell in November. He lasted four months this time around, before finally deciding enough was enough. He's steered clear ever since.

Francesco Guidolin

There must have been something about the Sicilian air that kept attracting Guidolin back

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