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Mel and Sherwood departures continue most turbulent season

Nick Atkin
May 12, 2014
Pepe Mel left West Brom by mutual consent on Monday © Getty Images

After David Moyes' sacking ensured 2013-14 was the first season in which 10 Premier League managers left their clubs before the final day of the campaign, Pepe Mel and Tim Sherwood see the trend continue into the summer.

Mel became the first managerial casualty of the post-season on Monday afternoon, leaving West Brom by mutual consent, having signed an 18-month contract in January following the dismissal of Steve Clarke.

He managed to guide the club to safety, but has ultimately paid the price for his poor record of just three wins in his 17 games in charge.


  • Tim Sherwood (Tottenham) - sacked, May 13, 2014
  • Pepe Mel (West Bromwich Albion) - parted company, May 12, 2014
  • David Moyes (Manchester United) - sacked, April 22, 2014. Replaced by Ryan Giggs (interim)
  • Chris Hughton (Norwich) - sacked, April 6, 2014. Replaced by Neil Adams (interim)
  • Rene Meulensteen (Fulham) - parted company, February 14, 2014. Replaced by Felix McGath
  • Michael Laudrup (Swansea) - sacked, February 4, 2014. Replaced by Garry Monk
  • Malky Mackay (Cardiff) - sacked, December 27, 2013. Replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  • Andre Villas-Boas (Tottenham) - sacked, December 16, 2013. Replaced by Tim Sherwood
  • Steve Clarke (West Bromwich Albion) - sacked, December 14, 2013. Replaced by Pepe Mel
  • Martin Jol (Fulham) - sacked, December 1, 2013. Replaced by Rene Meulensteen
  • Ian Holloway (Crystal Palace) - mutual consent, October 23, 2013. Replaced by Tony Pulis
  • Paolo Di Canio (Sunderland) - sacked, September 22, 2013. Replaced by Gus Poyet

Sherwood followed Mel onto the managerial scrapheap on Tuesday, having taken over from Andre Villas-Boas just five months ago. Frank de Boer, Louis van Gaal and Mauricio Pochettino have all been linked to his job in recent weeks.

Now the exits could be the start of another raft of managers to go, with uncertainty surrounding several more of this season's Premier League bosses.

Ryan Giggs' four-game stint as United's interim manager is also up with Louis van Gaal expected to be announced as Moyes' permanent successor this week.

Elsewhere, protests from Newcastle fans against Alan Pardew increased significantly towards the end of the season, with the club losing seven of their last eight games in the league.

According to reports in L'Equipe last week, Newcastle have approached St Etienne manager Christophe Galtier about taking over from Pardew.

Felix Magath could also be looking over his shoulder after feeling the need to put out a statement apologising to Fulham's fans over their relegation to the Championship.

Sam Allardyce is another facing intense speculation over his future and will discover whether he will remain as West Ham manager within the next 10 days, according to reports.

Tony Pulis is yet to commit his future to Crystal Palace after guiding them from the relegation zone when he took over to an 11th placed finish, while Paul Lambert's future at Aston Villa will be decided once a new owner is in place at the club.

Then there is Neil Adams, who said he has had "no indication" if he will remain Norwich's manager next season, having replaced Chris Hughton on an interim basis.

What ever happens between now and the start of the 2014-15 campaign, it has already been the roughest ever season for Premier League managers and the records could be sent tumbling all over again.


Luiz Felipe Scolari was discarded by Chelsea in February 2009 © Getty Images
  • In the 2008-09 season, nine managers left their clubs before the end of the season:
  • September: Alan Curbishley - West Ham (resigned), Kevin Keegan - Newcastle (resigned)
  • October: Juande Ramos - Tottenham (sacked), Harry Redknapp - Portsmouth (left to join Spurs)
  • December: Roy Keane - Sunderland (resigned), Paul Ince - Blackburn (sacked)
  • February: Tony Adams - Portsmouth (sacked), Luiz Felipe Scolari - Chelsea (sacked), Joe Kinnear - Newcastle United (stepped down due to health problems)
  • May (after season's end): Guus Hiddink - Chelsea (returned to role as manager of Russia), Ricky Sbragia -Sunderland (resigned)
  • June: Steve Bruce - Wigan Athletic (left to join Sunderland)

Earlier in the season, Moyes' departure had ensured that 50% of the clubs in the Premier League changed their manager this season.

It was a record rate of turnover since the competition was reduced to 20 teams from 22 in the 1995-96 season. The season prior to that, 15 managers left their clubs.

Moyes' sacking had also taken the tally of Premier League managerial departures this season to two more than the average number since the competition began in 1992-93.

The number of departures during the campaign had eclipsed that of 2008-09, when a then-record nine Premier League bosses had left their clubs before the end of the season.

While all 10 managers to go during this season were sacked, left by mutual consent or demoted, the same can't even be said for all nine before the end of the 2008-09 season.

Joe Kinnear left Newcastle in February 2009 to undergo a triple heart bypass, while Harry Redknapp's departure from Portsmouth in October 2008 was down to taking another job at Tottenham.

Three more managers would leave their clubs after the season's end in that 2008-09 campaign to take the overall tally to 12 - a number now matched by this season thanks to Mel and Sherwood's departures.

Do not bet against it continuing.

Nick Atkin is an assistant editor at ESPN. You can follow him on Twitter @NickAtkinESPN

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