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Top five: Worst Premier League managerial reigns

Connor was under severe pressure at Wolves (©GettyImages)
Connor was under severe pressure at Wolves (©GettyImages).

Being a Football manager is often referred to as the 'best job in the world'. But it can also be a very stressful task - especially if you're not very good at it!

So without any further ado, here are the top five worst managers to ever manage in the Premier League.

5. Egil Olsen (Wimbledon)

The Scandinavian came to south London with a big reputation, having previously managed the Norwegian national side for eight years with a win ratio of 52.27 per cent from 88 games.

However when Wimbledon came calling in June 1999, 'Drillo' took the job but got relegated in his first season in charge. The disappointing 1999/00 campaign for Wimbledon also saw eight straight defeats.

4. Sammy Lee (Bolton Wanderers)

A two-time European Cup winner during his time as a player at Liverpool, Sammy Lee took the job at Bolton, with fans hoping his experience in the game might take their team to new heights.

However, 'Little Sam's' first job in management was to be short-lived as the Liverpudlian was dismissed after just 14 games in charge at the Reebok in 2007. He lost half the games and had a rant with club captain Kevin Nolan.

3. Steve Wigley (Southampton)

Surpassing Paul Sturrock's performance as Southampton boss in 2004 was surely an easy task for Steve Wigley, or not.

During his 14 games in charge at St Mary's, he managed just one win - against local rivals Portsmouth. Conceding late goals cost the Saints a draw against Everton, and a win against Arsenal. Ouch!

2. Les Reed (Charlton)

Known as the shortest managerial reign in Premier League history. Les Reed was promoted from within to steady the sinking ship that was Charlton Athletic 2006/07.

However he only lasted seven games, with his only win coming at home to Blackburn. He finished his short lived 'Addicks' career with six losses from eight, which included a loss at home to League Two side Wycombe!

1. Terry Connor (Wolves)

Poor Terry Connor. The former Leeds striker was seen as Wolves' last hope to keep them afloat in the Premier League.

Replacing Mick McCarthy, whose last game for the club was a 5-1 hope drubbing of West Brom, still it wasn't going to be all that easy for the rookie.

A respectable 2-2 draw away to high-flying Newcastle was a respectable result but it was followed with a 5-0 defeat by Fulham.

Another 5-0 loss, this time at home to Man United, followed a 2-0 defeat at home to Blackburn. A run of seven straight defeats was ended by a 0-0 draw, and Wolves would pick up two more draws before the season ended.

Connor's reign lasted just 13 games, as Wolves failed to win a single game while he in charge. Wolves went down conceding 33 goals from their final 13 games.


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