Tottenham sack Nuno: What are the shortest managerial reigns in Premier League history?


Nuno Espirito Santo has been sacked as manager of Tottenham Hotspur.

The Portuguese coach has been dismissed following the 3-0 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.

Nuno was in charge of Spurs for just four months. Results had been poor – Spurs won just eight of his 17 matches in charge – and this decision wasn’t a huge shock.

Fabio Paratici, Tottenham’s Managing Director, said in a statement: “I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed and I regret that we have had to take this decision.

“Nuno is a true gentleman and will always be welcome here. We should like to thank him and his coaching staff and wish them well for the future.”


Shortest managerial reigns in Premier League

Nuno lasted just 124 days in charge of the north London outfit.

That’s the 12th shortest managerial reign in Premier League history.

And although pretty embarrassing for the former Wolves boss, at least it’s not as bad as Les Reed.

We’ve taken a look at the 12 shortest reigns in the Premier League.

12. Nuno Espirito Santo – 124 days (Tottenham Hotspur)

Nuno wasn’t Spurs’ first-choice to take over from Jose Mourinho, and it quickly became clear that he wasn’t a great fit for the club.

The 47-year-old had overseen 3-0 defeats to Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Man United during his brief reign, and it’s clear that whatever he was asking his players to do wasn’t getting through to them.


11. Pepe Mel – 120 days (West Bromwich Albion)

West Brom crawled their way to a 17th place finish in 2013/14 after Mel replaced Steve Clarke at the Hawthorns.

The Baggies won just three out of their 17 games under the former Real Betis boss, and off-field issues including Nicolas Anelka’s sacking didn’t make things any easier.

10. Steve Wigley – 107 days (Southampton)

Wigley was a youth team coach when he was handed the Saints job following Paul Sturrock’s abrupt departure at the start of the 2004/05 season.

He was in charge for just 14 games, though, with his inexperience becoming very clear.


9. Claudio Ranieri – 106 days (Fulham)

The 2018/19 season was a disaster for Fulham.

Slavisa Jokanovic was sacked in November, with the club winless in seven and bottom of the table, and Ranieri was unable to turn things around.

Fulham won just three of Ranieri’s 16 games in charge and fans chanted “you don’t know what you’re doing” during his final game.

8. Tony Adams – 106 days (Portsmouth)

Adams managed only two wins out of 16 in the league before he was shown the door.

His task of replacing Harry Redknapp in 2008 was made all the more challenging by the sales of Jermain Defoe and Lassana Diarra.


7. Colin Todd – 98 days (Derby County)

Defeat to fourth-tier Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup proved to be the end for Todd at Derby.

Todd’s three months in the dugout proved to be a nightmare. He resigned as Swansea boss to take the job, but was unable to improve their struggling form.

6. Terry Connor – 91 days (Wolves)

Connor’s brief spell in charge of Wolves seemed doomed from the start.

Despite Wolves’ chief executive Jez Moxey saying he would replace Mick McCarthy with an experienced coach, he turned to Connor, McCarthy’s assistant.

What followed was miserable. Wolves picked up four points from 13 winless games and they would finish bottom of the league.


5. Quique Sanchez Flores – 85 days (Watford)

Watford‘s revolving door of managers included Flores’ ridiculously short reign in 2019.

The Spaniard returned to Vicarage Road to replace Javi Gracia, but he led them to just one win and was in charge for an 8-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City.

4. Bob Bradley – 84 days (Swansea City)

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins considered Bradley a “long-term appointment”.

He lasted less than three months.

Swansea conceded 29 goals in Bradley’s 11 games in charge, collecting just eight points.


3. Frank de Boer – 77 days (Crystal Palace)

De Boer lasted just 85 days in charge of Inter Milan and he managed even fewer at Selhurst Park.

The Dutchman failed to introduce a more attractive style of football following his appointment in the summer of 2017.

He lasted just five games, which is actually the shortest reign in terms of games.

2. Rene Meulensteen – 75 days (Fulham)

A failed spell at Brondby didn’t put Fulham off from hiring Meulensteen in December 2013.

However, they would soon regret the decision. The former Man United coach won only three of his 13 league games at the helm.


1. Les Reed – 41 days (Charlton Athletic)

Reed’s disastrous spell at Charlton included an embarrassing defeat to Wycombe in the League Cup and just one win in the league.

Nicknamed ‘Les Misérables’ in the press, Reed was put out of his misery when he was sacked on December 24, 2006.


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