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April 2014

Football insanity index (sacked managers edition)

There have been ten managerial changes since the start of the current Premier League season.

9 out of 10 of the people appointed had zero management experience in the Premier League.  One had managed in the Championship, and three had managed elsewhere in Europe - but of them,  only Felix Magath had real experience in a top league. 

So which of them have been successful?

Tony Pulis, obviously, the one of the ten who had previously managed in the Premier League (he has a 48% win rate at Palace).  It’s too early to make a fair judgement on Felix Magath, but he seems to be doing a decent job.

The rest of them have done no better than their predecessors.

Club Was Are Old Manager New Manager
Sunderland 20th 20th Paolo Di Canio Gus Poyet
Crystal Palace 19th 11th Ian Holloway Tony Pulis
Fulham 18th 19th Martin Jol René Meulensteen
West Bromwich Albion 16th 16th Steve Clarke Pepe Mel
Tottenham Hotspur 7th 6th André Villas-Boas Tim Sherwood
Cardiff City 16th 18th Malky Mackay Ole Gunnar Solskjær
Swansea City 12th 13th Michael Laudrup Gary Monk
Fulham 20th 19th René Meulensteen Felix Magath
Norwich City 17th 17th Chris Hughton Neil Adams
Manchester United 7th 7th David Moyes Ryan Giggs