Barely five years on from leading Leicester to their unprecedented Premier League triumph, Claudio Ranieri has a new piece of history to his name – moving joint top of the league’s most-sacked bosses.
Poor Claudio Ranieri. The man behind one of football’s greatest managerial feats has picked up a new distinction, but he’s unlikely to put this one on his LinkedIn. On Monday Ranieri was sacked by a Premier League club for the fourth time, equalling a record shared by Mark Hughes and Jose Mourinho.
Of course, all three went in knowing this would likely happen – especially Ranieri at Watford and Mourinho at Chelsea. The sack is as much a part of a Premier League manager’s life as monogrammed training-wear or ranting at the fourth official. This is the story of sackings in the Premier League era.
First, a quick note on what constitutes a sacking - we've chosen not to include resignations, or managers who've been moved upstairs into a director of football role that is (technically, at least) a promotion. Per-season stats cover the period from June 1 to May 31, except for the Covid-extended 2019-20 season. We've only included sackings for each club while they were in the Premier League.Premier League results | Premier League table
The most unstable jobs in the Premier League are, not surprisingly, at Chelsea and Tottenham, who've both sacked 13 managers in the Premier League era. Roman Abramovich and Daniel Levy have both sacked 10 managers each, leaving them both one behind Doug Ellis' 11 in 31 years at Aston Villa.
It helps that Chelsea and Tottenham have been ever-present in the Premier League since its inception, of course. Not every club has that longevity, but they can still find ways to punch above their weight. Since the start of 2019-20, a total of 20 managers have been sacked by Premier League clubs. Five of those 20 sackings, a full quarter, were made by Watford. Just saying.
Appropriately, Chelsea and Tottenham were the first clubs in the newly-formed Premier League to sack their managers.