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Which Premier League Teams Have Had the Most Managers?

Jocelyn TaubCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2017

Which Premier League Teams Have Had the Most Managers?

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    Steve Bruce became the first EPL manager to be fired this season, beating out Blackburn’s Steve Kean, who many thought would be the first. In fact, the sacking of managers has become so commonplace to football fans that it got me thinking of how many managers have come and gone since the beginning of the EPL era 20 years ago.

    Most fans know that Alex Ferguson is the longest serving manager, having been at the helm of Manchester United since 1986. They probably also know that Ferguson is followed by Arsene Wenger, who has managed Arsenal since 1996 and Everton’s David Moyes, who took over on the blue side of Liverpool in March of 2002.

    What followers will find shocking are the names that come next on the managerial longevity list. Surprisingly, it’s two managers who began their tenure with their current teams while they were still part of the Championship. Fourth is Tony Pulis, Stoke’s manager since June 2006 and members of the EPL since 2008. Next is Mick McCarthy of Wolves, named as Wolves’ manager in August 2006 and leading them back to the top flight in 2009.

    Rounding out the rest of the league are:

    • 6.   Tottenham                Harry Redknapp              October 2008 
    • 7.   Wigan                        Roberto Martinez            June 2009
    • 8.   Norwich City             Paul Lambert                   August 2009 
    • 9.   Manchester City       Roberto Mancini             December 2009
    • 10. Bolton                        Owen Coyle                    January 2010
    • 11. QPR                           Neil Warnock                   March 2010
    • 12. Swansea City             Brendan Rogers             July 2010
    • 13. Newcastle                 Alan Pardew                   December 2010
    • 14. Blackburn                  Steve Kean                     December 2010
    • 15. Liverpool                   Kenny Dalglish                January 2011
    • 16. West Bromwich        Roy Hodgson                  February 2011
    • 17. Fulham                       Martin Jol                        June 2011
    • 18. Aston Villa                 Alex McLeish                  June 2011
    • 19. Chelsea                      Andre Villas-Boas          June 2011
    • 20. Sunderland               TBA                                  TBA  

    Here's a look at the teams that have played in the Premier League and have gone through the most managers (including caretaker managers).

Newcastle United: 19 Managers

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    Newcastle have been a part of the Premier League for all but two seasons and own the dubious distinction of having gone through 19 total managers since the EPL era began 20 years ago.

    This list includes:

    • Kevin Keegan, 2/92-1/97
    • Terry McDermott, 1/97 (caretaker manager)
    • Kenny Dalglish, 1/97-8/98
    • Ruud Gullit, 8/98-8/99
    • Steve Clarke, 8/99-9/99 (caretaker manager)
    • Bobby Robson, 9/99-8/04
    • John Carver, 9/04 (caretaker manager)
    • Graeme Souness, 9/04-2/06
    • Glenn Roeder, 2/06-5/07
    • Nigel Pearson, 5/07 (caretaker manager)
    • Sam Allardyce, 5/07-1/08
    • Nigel Pearson, 1/08 (caretaker manager)
    • Kevin Keegan, 1/08-9/08
    • Chris Hughton, 9/08 (caretaker manager)
    • Joe Kinnear, 9/08-3/09
    • Chris Hughton, 3/09 (caretaker manager)
    • Alan Shearer, 4/09-5/09
    • Chris Hughton, 6/09-12/10
    • Alan Pardew, 12/10-Present

Tottenham: 18 Managers

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    Tottenham have been in the top flight since its beginning. While Arsenal have been the dominant side from North London on the pitch, Tottenham have had varying results while going through 18 different bosses:

    • Doug Livermore, 5/92-6/93
    • Ossie Ardiles, 6/93-11/94
    • Steve Perryman, 11/94 (caretaker manager)
    • Gerry Francis, 11/94-11/97
    • Chris Hughton, 9/98 (caretaker manager)
    • Christian Gross, 11/97-9/98
    • David Pleat, 9/98 (caretaker manager)
    • George Graham, 10/98-3/01
    • David Pleat, 3/01-4/01 (caretaker manager)
    • Glen Hoddle, 4/01-9/03
    • David Pleat, 9/03-6/04 (caretaker manager)
    • Jacques Santini, 6/04-11/04
    • Martin Jol, 11/04-10/07
    • Clive Allen, 10/07 (caretaker manager)
    • Alex Inglethorpe, 10/07 (caretaker manager)
    • Juande Ramos, 10/07-10/08
    • Clive Allen, 10/08 (caretaker manager)
    • Harry Redknapp, 10/08-Present

Chelsea: 15 Managers

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    Even before Roman Abramovich purchased Chelsea, the club has had a history of frequently changing managers. Now with Abramovich desperate for Champions League glory, every Chelsea manager is immediately under pressure. Hired in the summer as the heir apparent to Jose "The Special One" Mourinho, Andre Villa-Boas is currently feeling the pressure as Chelsea experiences a dip in form.

    Here are all those who have come before him:

    • Ian Porterfield, 6/91-2/93
    • David Webb, 2/93-5/93
    • Glenn Hoddle, 6/93-5/96
    • Ruud Gullit, 5/96-2/98
    • Gianluca Vialli, 2/98-9/00
    • Graham Rix, 9/00 (caretaker manager)
    • Ray Wilkins, 9/00 (caretaker manager)
    • Claudio Ranieri, 9/00-5/04
    • Jose Mourinho, 6/04-9/07
    • Avram Grant, 9/07-5/08
    • Luis Felipe Scolari, 7/09-2/09
    • Ray Wilkins, 2/09 (caretaker manager)
    • Guus Hiddink, 2/09-5/09
    • Carlo Ancelotti, 6/09-5/11
    • Andre Villa-Boas, 6/11-Present

Southampton: 12 Managers

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    Southampton were founding members of the Premier League and part of the top tier of football for 27 years. Unfortunately, the team was relegated following the 2004-2005 season, falling on hard times ever since.

    Despite having five less seasons in the EPL, Southampton still retains a top spot in the list of teams having had the most managers in the Premiership with 12:

    • Ian Branfoot, 6/91-1/94
    • Alan Ball, 1/94-7/95
    • Dave Merrington, 7/95-6/96
    • Graeme Souness, 7/96-6/97
    • Dave Jones, 6/97-1/00
    • Glenn Hoddle, 1/00-3/01
    • Stuart Gray, 3/01-10/01
    • Gordon Strachan, 10/01-2/04
    • Steve Wrigley, 2/04-3/04 (caretaker manager)
    • Paul Sturrock, 3/04-8/04
    • Steve Wrigley, 8/04-12/04
    • Harry Redknapp, 12/04-12/05

Aston Villa: 11 Managers

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    Aston Villa are another of the clubs to have been members of the Premier League since its inception. Their highest finish came in the inaugural season, when Villa finished runners up to the champions, Manchester United.

    Currently managed by Scotsman Alex McLeish, Aston Villa have had 11 different men in charge:

    • Ron Atkinson, 6/91-11/94
    • Brian Little, 11/94-2/98
    • John Gregory, 2/98-1/02
    • John Deehan, 1/02-2/02 (caretaker manager)
    • Stuart Gray, 1/02-2/02 (caretaker manager)
    • Graham Taylor, 2/02-5/03
    • David O'Leary, 5/03-7/06
    • Martin O'Neill, 8/06-8/10
    • Kevin MacDonald, 8/10-9/10 (caretaker manager)
    • Gerard Houllier, 9/10-6/11
    • Alex McLeish, 6/11-Present

Manchester City: 10 Managers

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    With Sheikh Mansour currently pumping money into Manchester City, it's almost hard to remember the club's not-too-distant struggles.

    City was part of the Premier League's initial launch and survived the first three seasons before being relegated to Division 1 in 1996. The club then spent five of the next six seasons in the lower divisions before returning to the top flight for good at the start of the 2002-2003 campaign.

    Of their 15 seasons in the EPL, Manchester City have had 10 different managers:

    • Peter Reid, 11/90-8/93
    • Tony Book, 8/93 (caretaker manager)
    • Brian Horton, 8/93-5/95
    • Alan Ball, 6/95-8/96
    • Joe Royle, 2/98-5/01
    • Kevin Keegan, 5/01-3/05
    • Stuart Pearce, 3/05-5/07
    • Sven Goran Eriksson, 7/07-6/08
    • Mark Hughes, 6/08-12/09
    • Roberto Mancini, 12/09-Present

Blackburn: 10 Managers

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    Blackburn are one of only four teams to have ever won an EPL title (Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are the others). Their one title came in the 1994-1995 season.

    Relegation came at the end of the 1998-1999 campaign, leading to two seasons in Division One. Since coming back up to the Premier League, Blackburn have had mixed results but manage to stay up.

    Ten men have led Blackburn Rovers in the EPL era:

    • Kenny Dalglish, 10/91-6/95
    • Ray Harford, 6/95-10/96
    • Tony Parkes, 10/96-6/97
    • Roy Hodgson, 6/97-11/98
    • Brian Kidd, 12/98-11/99
    • Graeme Souness, 3/00-9/04
    • Mark Hughes, 9/04-6/08
    • Paul Ince, 6/08-12/08
    • Sam Allardyce, 12/08-12/10
    • Steve Kean, 12/10-Present

West Ham United: 10 Managers

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    While West Ham are not currently part of the Premier League, the club spent 16 out of 20 seasons in the top flight. Their best finish came in the 1998-1999 season, when they ended the campaign in fifth place.

    West Ham have changed managers 10 times while members of the EPL:

    • Billy Bonds, 2/90-8/94
    • Harry Redknapp, 8/94-5/01
    • Glenn Roeder, 5/01-4/03
    • Trevor Brooking, 4/03-5/03 (caretaker manager)
    • Alan Pardew, 10/03-12/06
    • Alan Curbishley, 12/06-9/08
    • Kevin Keen, 9/08 (caretaker manager)
    • Gianfranco Zola, 9/08-5/10
    • Avram Grant, 6/10-5/11
    • Kevin Keen, 5/11-6/11 (caretaker manager)

Portsmouth: 9 Managers

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    Portsmouth are reportedly in administration again, but the south coast club experienced life in the Premier League for seven seasons between 2003 and 2010. During their top-flight run, Pompey made nine managerial changes:

    • Harry Redknapp, 3/02-11/04
    • Velimir Zajec, 11/04-4/05
    • Alain Perrin, 4/05-11/05
    • Joe Jordan, 11/05-12/05
    • Harry Redknapp, 12/05-10/08
    • Joe Jordan, 10/08
    • Tony Adams, 10/08-2/09
    • Paul Hart, 2/09-11/09
    • Avram Grant, 11/09-5/10

Crystal Palace: 8 Managers

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    There are five teams that have each had eight different managerial appointments in the Premier League: Liverpool, Everton, Bolton, Fulham and Crystal Palace.

    Crystal Palace takes the spot, however, as they made eight changes in just four total top-flight seasons, including the first in 1992-1993, 1994-1995, 1997-1998 and 2004-2005.

    The manager list includes:

    • Steve Coppell, 6/84-5/93
    • Alan Smith, 6/93-5/95
    • Steve Coppell, 2/97-3/98
    • Attilio Lombardo, 3/98-4/98 (caretaker manager)
    • Tomas Brolin, 3/98-4/98 (caretaker manager)
    • Ron Noades, 4/98-5/98 (caretaker manager)
    • Ray Lewington, 4/98-5/98 (caretaker manager)
    • Iain Dowie, 12/03-5/06

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