Paulo di Canio lasted just 12 league games at Sunderland before he was sacked, but few were surprised to see him lose his job. His style of management ruined morale in the dressing room and it showed on the pitch, with only two league wins in his time in charge. Remarkably, there are seven other managers in Premier League history who managed a club for 12 or fewer league games.
Iain Dowie – Charlton Athletic (12 games, 30 May 2006 to 13th November 2006)
After guiding Crystal Palace to promotion, Dowie was given the task of succeeding Alan Curbishley as Charlton manager. It didn’t go well and he was sacked with his side bottom of the league, with only eight points from 12 games.
Chris Hutchings – Bradford City (12 games, 18 June 2000 – 6 November 2000)
Hutchings took over from Paul Jewell after he had left to join Sheffield Wednesday. Jewell had saved Bradford from relegation the previous year, but his successor won only one league game, and was dismissed with the Bantams lying second-bottom of the table.
Chris Hutchings – Wigan Athletic (12 games, 14 May 2007 – 5 November 2007)
Yep, him again. Again, Paul Jewell had left after a successful season, and Hutchings was promoted to the top job. Six successive defeats saw Wigan slide into the relegation zone, and Hutchings was given the boot by Dave Whelan.
Jacques Santini – Tottenham Hotspur (11 games, 17 June 2004 – 5 November 2004)
Santini took the Spurs job but struggled, only winning three league games in his time there. They were sat in mid-table when Santini left for “personal reasons”, which led to Martin Jol taking the job.
Sammy Lee – Bolton Wanderers (11 games, 30 April 2007 to 17 October 2007)
Much like Dowie at Charlton, Lee took over after a long and successful spell with the previous manager, Sam Allardyce. He won just one of his 11 league games in charge before leaving and taking the assistant manager’s job at Liverpool alongside Rafa Benitez.
Paul Sturrock – Southampton (9 games, 4 March 2004 to 23 August 2004)
Sturrock had four excellent years with Plymouth Argyle but couldn’t repeat it at Southampton. The sacking was a surprise just two games into the new season, with chairman Rupert Lowe blaming negative media coverage for the departure.
Les Reed – Charlton Athletic (7 games, 14 November 2006 – 24 December 2006)
Reed took over from Iain Dowie but his reign was equally disastrous. He won just one league game and lost to League Two side Wycombe Wanderers in the League Cup, so he was given an early Christmas present when he was removed from his job after just 41 days in charge. He was replaced by Alan Pardew, but he couldn’t save Charlton from relegation.