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The five worst Premier League managers of all-time

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There is no doubting that the likes of Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are some of the best managers to grace the Premier League, but who exactly are the worst?

Academy member Shyam Shah discusses his worst Premier League managers of all-time.

5. Tony Adams (Portsmouth)

Adams' success as a player was unquestionable. However, in his 16-match tenure as Portsmouth manager, he managed to obtain just ten points. This disastrous period was between October 2008 and February 2009.

The ten points he managed in 16 matches translates to only 23.5 points in 38 games. This shows us the ill-fate of Adams in the Premier League. That same season, Paul Hart replaced Adams and guided Portsmouth to 14th in the table.

4. Steve Wigley (Southampton)

Steve Wigley was promoted to manager following a poor run of form under previous boss Stuart Gray.

However, Wigley has been dubbed as the Gray part two following a disastrous run of games, seeing him win only one game in 14. He was thereafter sacked in 2004.

3. Les Reed (Charlton)

Reed is famously known for having served the shortest time as a Premier League manager when he took the reigns at Charlton.

His tenure lasted a mere seven matches, by which the directors had already been convinced he was destined to fail at the club.

He was then fired as the Charlton manager. He was nicknamed 'Santa Clueless' and 'Les Miserables' after he gave his players Christmas day off.

2. Mike Walker (Everton)

Walker is famous for almost guiding Everton to relegation in 1994. The club has been in the top-flight of English football since 1954 and Walker almost changed that, narrowly rescuing them from relegation with a 3-2 win over Wimbledon on the final day.

The next season, however, he failed to win a game until November, after which he was sacked. His replacement, Joe Royle, managed to win the FA Cup next spring.

1. Howard Wilkinson (Sunderland)

Wilkinson managed to lose 13 matches out of 20 as Sunderland manager, between October 2002 to March 2003.

He was sacked after losing six of these games consecutively. Needless to say, the Black Cats were relegated even after Wilkinson's departure, and for these reasons, he tops my list for the League's worst managers in history.

Do you agree with our choice for the worst five? Which unsuccessful managers would you have included in your worst five? Share your thoughts on my article by commenting below.

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