The 10 worst Premier League managers of the past decade have been ranked


FourFourTwo’s recent list of the 10 best Premier League managers of the decade featured some stellar names.

Claudio Ranieri was in 10th place following his triumph with Leicester City in 2015/16, and Jose Mourinho was in eighth after winning four trophies with Chelsea and Manchester United between 2010 and 2019.

Sir Alex Ferguson came in fourth despite retiring as Manchester United manager in 2013.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola pipped Jurgen Klopp to the No.1 spot.

Now, they’ve switched things up and have taken a look at the 10 worst Premier League managers of the decade.

It’s a list that no manager wants to be included in.

Here’s hoping these unfortunate 10 never stumble across this article…

10. Felix Magath
Managed: Fulham

Magath arrived at Fulham in February 2014 with the Cottagers rooted to the bottom of the table.

He had 12 games to save them from the drop but couldn’t manage it, although he did lift them up one place.

Fulham’s average of a point per game under Magath wasn’t enough to keep them up.


9. Bob Bradley
Managed: Swansea City

Bradley was in charge of Swansea for just 11 matches before he was sacked in December 2016.

Swansea conceded 29 goals under the American. Allowing 2.64 goals per game means that in an entire 38-game season, the Swans would have shipped 100 goals.

There was no way they could allow that to continue.


8. Remi Garde
Managed: Aston Villa

Garde’s reign in charge go Aston Villa started well enough. They held Premier League leaders Man City to a 0-0 draw in November 2015.

But things quickly turned south and Garde lasted just 20 league games before his departure the following March.

Villa scored just 12 goals in that time and Own Goal was their joint-second top scorer.


7. Brian Laws
Managed: Burnley

Laws replaced Owen Coyle in charge of Burnley in January 2010 but his spell in charge at Turf Moor was dismal.

The Clarets lost 14 of their 18 league matches under Laws and one of their three wins came on the final day of the season when their relegation was already confirmed.


6. Paolo Di Canio
Managed: Sunderland

Di Canio kept Sunderland in the Premier League in 2012/13 and even oversaw a a memorable 3-0 win against Newcastle United.

But he lasted just five games into the following campaign before being handed his P45 following a 3-0 defeat to West Brom on September 22, 2013.

It was just his 13th match in charge of the Black Cats, and, after a poor start to the season and complaints from the players about his apparently abusive methods, Di Canio was sacked.


5. Terry Connor
Managed: Wolverhampton Wanderers

Connor was thrust into the managerial position at Wolves in February 2012 following Mick McCarthy’s sacking.

But he clearly wasn’t ready for the job and managed just four points in 13 games.

Connor failed to win any of his matches and Wolves went on a run of seven straight defeats under him.


4. Steve Kean
Managed: Blackburn Rovers

Kean was in charge of Blackburn for a year and nine months, much longer than the fans at Ewood Park wanted him there for.

Blackburn were in 13th place when they sacked Sam Allardyce in December 2010.

Kean came in and they finished the 2010/11 campaign in 15th - and were relegated the following year.

Kean said he “forfeited” a League Cup quarter-final against second-tier Cardiff, instead choosing to focus on the “cup finals” that remained in Blackburn’s fight against relegation.

That plan didn’t work out well for him or the club.


3. Frank de Boer
Managed: Crystal Palace

Four league matches. Zero wins. Zero goals.

That was De Boer’s record in charge of Crystal Palace, which was over after 77 days.

The Dutchman holds the record for the shortest Premier League managerial tenure in terms of games.


2. John Carver
Managed: Newcastle United

Newcastle were 10th in the Premier League on January 1, 2015, the day that Carver became their caretaker manager.

They then lost three matches and drew one when Carver was inexplicably given the job until the end of the season.

What followed was a mess and Newcastle were fortunate to stay up, beating West Ham on the final day of the season to remain in the top flight.

Carver declared himself, “the best coach in the Premier League” during his spell in charge, which included a run of eight straight league defeats in a row.

He lost 12 of his 19 league fixtures in charge.


1. Jan Siewert
Managed: Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield were abysmal in the 2018/19 season.

They turned to Siewert in January 2019 after collecting just 11 points from 23 matches under his predecessor, David Wagner.

Siewert managed to add a grand total of five points to their tally before the end of the campaign.

Their relegation back to the Championship was confirmed as early as March.

Siewert’s team scored just nine goals in 15 league games - three of which came in one match.


The Premier League is an exceptionally tough league and most of the managers on this list struggled after taking over their first English club.

While they may have enjoyed success in other countries - Bradley was a two-time MLS Coach of the Year before joining Swansea - adapting to English football isn't straightforward.

They weren't the first to attempt to crack England's top flight. And they won't be the last.

Other managers like Connor and Carver have simply found themselves in jobs too big for them.

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