Premier League's shortest managerial reigns

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By now it should hardly come as a surprise that Chelsea have let another manager go - in fact the real shock was that it took owner Roman Abramovich over 260 days before he gave Roberto di Matteo the axe.

The Italian looked comfortable in the early days of the Premier League season as they roared to the top of the table on the back of an eight game unbeaten run.

However that was about as good as it got for Di Matteo, who oversaw just two wins in his last eight games before being summoned to Abramovich's office to receive the bad news following Chelsea's critical Champions League defeat against Juventus tonight.

If there is one crumb of solace that should comfort Di Matteo is that he outlasted the man he took over from, Andre Villas-Boas, by a whole eight days. His time in charge wasn't the shortest of the permanent managers in the Abramovich era either - that honour falls to Felipe Scolari, who was dismissed after just 223 days.

Chelsea's Russian owner has proven himself to be one of the most trigger-happy in the game, but are there any managers who have been in charge for an even shorter amount of time than Di Matteo or Scolari in Premier League history? Find out below....

Steve Coppell, Manchester City

Coppell walked on Manchester City back in 1996 after having barely enough time to warm the managerial seat in the dugout.

The former Crystal Palace boss lasted just 33 days with the Citizens before leaving the job citing stress, much to the amazement of the club's fans. It remains the club's shortest ever managerial reign.

14 years later he would pull a similar trick, walking out on Bristol City after just three months in charge.

Jazques Santini, Tottenham

The arrival of France national coach Jacques Santini was meant to herald the start of a bright new continental era at Tottenham - but 13 games later it was all down the pan.

Santini left citing 'personal reasons' but it was widely reported that he had fallen out with then Sporting Director Frank Arnesen. The Frenchman later revealed that a series of broken promises caused him to leave, while admitting that taking the job before the end of France's Euro 2004 campaign didn't help.

Roy Hodgson, Liverpool

Poor old Roy didn't really stand a chance did he? Arriving in the aftermath of Rafa Benitez's departure and with club icon Kenny Dalglish looming large over his shoulder, the future England boss guided the Reds to just seven wins in 20 Premier League games, leaving them 12th in the table upon his departure.

However the former Fulham boss made it to January (just) having signed on the dotted line on June 1, meaning his time in charge at Anfield lasted a relatively mammoth 6 months and 6 days. shorter than Di Matteo when you take into account the games he oversaw last season, but an eternity compared to others on this list.

Brian Clough, Leeds

Old Big 'Ead was well and truly humbled during his brief time in charge at Leeds as he attempted to re-shape rival Don Revie's tough-as-nails squad.

his 44 day stint at Elland Road has been immortalised in the film 'The Damned United' , which depicted his ultimately doomed attempts to win over the dressing room. The Nottingham Forest legend took charge of just six games, winning one.

Paul Hart, QPR

Paul Hart's sacking after just 28 days from his role as QPR manager came as no real surprise to anyone who has seen the film 'The Four Year Plan'.

In the behind the scenes documentary about life at Loftus Road, managers came and went with an alarming regularity - but Hart was undoubtedly the shortest of the lot.

In the film, a shot of Paul Hart all smiles at Loftus Road announces his arrival. The next shot reveals he has left the club - there wasn't even enough footage from his time in charge to compile a small montage. Hart left amidst rumours of a fall out with Adel Taarabt, with trigger-happy owner Flavio Briatore saying he left by 'mutual consent'.

Some of the best from outside the Premier League.....

Leroy Rosenior lasted a record 10 minutes after taking over at Torquay in 2007, while Dave Bassett lastest a relatively gargantuan four days with Crystal Palace in 1984. Martin Ling had a whopping nine days at Cambridge United in 2009.

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