25 Worst Soccer Coaches of All Time
It is hard to explain all of what makes a manager terrible, but then again it is quite simple.
Some guys just are not up to the job. No matter their history as a great player or great assistant, sometimes the transition just was not or it not for them.
Many a great player has been believed to be destined to be a great manager. However, more often than not, that never works out.
Some magically get job after job despite terrible track records. Others are one and done and luckily the football world has been able to almost forget them—if not for people like me who like to throw it in their face.
Paul Jewell led Derby County to their lowest top flight points total in history with 11. He also lead Derby Country to be the lowest finishers in the English Premier League's history.
Jewell did not win a game during the first part of his career in the EPL and was sacked the following December.
Ian Dowie relegated Crystal Palace, was sacked by Charlton Athletic after only a handful of games, and his attempt to save Hull City after their sacked Phil Brown was nothing short of futile.
Peter Reid's time at Sunderland and Manchester City is not the darkest of his career, but he certainly did little to make a good name for himself while at Leeds United, Coventry City and Plymouth Argyle.
Roy Keane was a class player and began his managerial career by leading Sunderland back to the English Premier League.
However, by the time he left, the Black Cats players were thankful. His time at Ipswich was all but racked with frustration.
From first to worst, French born Manager Jacques Santini was a success in France for a short time before moving to Tottenham Hotspur.
His 13 games in charge at White Hart Lane were one of the more pitiful campaigns in Spurs history and forever will taint his record.
Poor Sammy Lee just has never been one for the number one spot by the touch line.
His 14 games in charge at Bolton Wanderers saw him end on the high note of benching both Gary Speed and Kevin Nolan in his final match loss to Chelsea in 2007.
Graeme Souness was feared as a player, but he never managed to strike that kind of fear into his opponents from the dugout.
Along with dismantling Liverpool when he took over, a purge from which the club is still suffering from to this day, he never lived up to the promise he showed at Glasgow Rangers in his first managerial job.
While Docherty did win Manchester United their first FA Cup for 14 years in 1977 by beating Liverpool, and saved United from relegation in 1973, it is not enough to excuse what he did.
That is, relegate them in the 1973-74 season. A team that had just won the European Cup six years before and should never have been out of the top tier.
Hibernian's best player, Frenchman Franck Sauzée, was asked to take over for departing manager Alex McLeish in 2001 when he left for Rangers and the Ibrox.
Sauzée didn't have a chance as he was not, and never will be, the type cut out for management. He made it only a few months before his only appointment to date was terminated.
Yes, Ruud Gullit won the 1997 FA Cup with Chelsea. Since then all we have heard are crickets and party songs as the former Dutch legend has never cut it anywhere he took the helm.
Even with decent winning percentages with several teams including Chelsea, Feyenoord Rotterdam and the LA Galaxy, he is just another great player that will never be more than a mediocre manager.
While Stuart Gray did manage to beat Arsenal with Southampton in the final match at The Dell, he then proceeded to Cristen St. Mary's Stadium with a run that saw him win only three of his next 17 games in charge of the Saints.
One win in 14 games in charge of Southampton is perhaps one of his worst claims to fame.
Steve Wigley also wiggled out of promoting Aldershot Town for three straight years. He is one of only a handful never to manage a promotion with the club.
Egil Olsen has had 18 spells as a manager. One club, Frigg Oslo FK, has hired and fired him four times in his career.
Despite his leadership of Norway, and getting them to the top of their 1998 World Cup qualifying group over England and the Netherlands, Olsen never was able to parlay that success as club level.
His 2000 campaign with Wimbledon led them nearly to relegation. However, his sacking saw him leave before he could see it through and many will blame him for the clubs complete collapse in the four years since his tenure which saw Wimbledon close up shop and become Milton Keynes Dons.
Sturrock is known mostly for his 13 game pitiful excuse for a management attempt at Southampton. He later had a 99 game stint at Plymouth Argyle where he enjoyed an exceptional 28 percent win statistic, having nearly more draws than wins.
His first time at Argyle was much more decent. He is a good bottom level manager, but he never will make it above League Two.
Brian Kidd's longest time as a manager was for 44 games for Blackburn Rovers, how he even managed to get to that job is amazing considering in his previous tenures with Barrow and Preston North End. He only won five out of a total of 23 games and lost and drew nine each.
While David Platt has returned to coaching as a first team coach for Manchester City, he has never returned to management since he was last in charge of the England U-21 National team.
When you start your career by leading Serie A Sampdoria back to the Serie B for the first time in 17 years it is not always a good sign.
At least he was not responsible for their surprise return to the second tier last season.
Charlton Athletic endured Les Reed for all of seven games in which he won one, lost five and drew another.
He has yet to sit in another club's hot seat since.
Bulgarian Hristo Stoichkov was a great player and rivaled some of the best in the game.
However, he was an awful manager, and his attitude drove players on the Bulgarian National team to refuse to play for their country under him.
Scottish manager Jim Fallon led Dumbarton, Scotland's fourth oldest club, to two successive relegation's before losing his job.
I don't know who was worse, Fallon a manager, or the club's board for letting that happen before giving him the sack.
Bryan Robson was a great player, but he has never been great manager and there is a reason he is without a job at the moment.
He relegated Middlesbrough as much as he promoted them in his first, longest and best tenure of his career. Since then, he has never been on the good side of a club since his playing days.
Dave Bassett was decent in his time for Wimbledon, winning 144 games out of 303, but where ever he went the term relegation seemed to magically become part of the equation.
He highlighted his falterings during an eight month term at Leicester City where he managed a four wins, eight draws and fifteen losses.
Mike Walker nearly ruined Everton's tenure in the top flight of English Football. He had been a success at both Colchester and then Norwich City, but his time as the Toffees manager will forever cement him in the books as one of the worst ever.
Glenn Roeder marred his name by getting West Ham United relegated with one of the clubs lowest points totals in history during their 2002-03 campaign.
He somehow later managed to achieve appointments to Newcastle United and Norwich City. None of them were fruitful.
Alan Ball Jr.
Alan Ball Jr. was a legendary player. But, in 20 years of management he got more clubs relegated than anything else.
The biggest achievement of his career was second place in Football League division two with Portsmouth in the 1986-87 season.
The older brother of Nicolas Anelka, Claude, paid Raith Rovers £200,000 in order to be the club's manager.
One draw and nine losses later he was removed.
Anelka would later admit that his ambitions for the club were more grand than he knew how to manage.