Football can be a ruthless industry and this season in the Premier League has proven that managers aren’t given an abundance of time if things aren’t going well.
The Premier League is lucky enough to have some of the best managers in the world, but the turnover has seemed especially high this season.
We’ve gone back through the years and picked out the seven Premier League seasons with the most in-season departures by managers.
2008-08 – 9 changes
Chelsea will make a few appearances throughout this list and in February 2009 they decided to ditch Luiz Felipe Scolari in favour of Guus Hiddink. They went on to finish third in the league and won the FA Cup along the way, which somewhat vindicated their decision.
This season also saw the likes of Roy Keane, Paul Ince and Kevin Keegan losing their jobs as their clubs decided to go in a fresh direction.
Perhaps the most inspired change from this season was Tottenham ditching Juande Ramos in favour of Harry Redknapp. The former Portsmouth manager spent four years at the club and progressed things on and off the pitch.
2004-05 – 9 changes
Sir Bobby Robson’s departure from Newcastle was the most notable managerial change this season. With the club sat 17th in the table they replaced him with Graeme Souness, who they poached from Blackburn.
Other notable managerial departures from this season included the likes of Gary Megson, Jacques Santini and Redknapp.
1994-95 – 9 changes
Arsenal parted company with George Graham this season as the club slumped to 12th in the Premier League. Stewart Houston replaced him in a caretaker role until the end of the season.
The likes of Gerry Francis, Ron Atkinson, Brian Little and Osvaldo Ardiles were also amongst the mid-season managerial casualties of this season.
2021-22 – 10 changes
This season was particularly hectic for clubs around the bottom of the table as they all desperately searched for the right manager to guide them to safety.
Watford account for two of the managerial changes this season as they sacked both Xisco Munoz and Claudio Ranieri within the same season.
Sean Dyche’s 10-year stint with Burnley also came to an end during 2021-22, as well as Marcelo Bielsa’s time at Leeds. We also saw Manchester United parting company with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after a poor run of results.
🗣 “The manager came in and said this is the end of it now.”
Matthew Lowton explains what happened when Sean Dyche was sacked by Burnley. pic.twitter.com/IuERRzlx8e
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 19, 2022
2017-18 – 10 changes
Frank de Boer lasted just 10 weeks in the job at Crystal Palace before they decided to make a change. Experienced heads such as Tony Pulis, Mark Hughes and Alan Pardew also lost their jobs during this season.
Things had also turned sour at Everton who sacked Ronald Koeman this season and replaced him with Sam Allardyce.
2013-14 – 10 changes
The Premier League definitely lost some eccentric personalities this season as the likes of Paolo Di Canio and Ian Holloway lost their jobs at Sunderland and Crystal Palace respectively.
The big managerial departure from this season had to be David Moyes though. Following Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford was always going to be tough and Moyes lasted just 10 months in the job.
David Moyes' final interview as Manchester United manager. pic.twitter.com/o1LzsjOGOt
— Sky Sports Retro (@SkySportsRetro) November 22, 2021
2022-23 – 13 changes
We have seen an unprecedented amount of changes in the league this season. Scott Parker was the first to go and he was soon followed by Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea.
The likes of Antonio Conte and Graham Potter were among the high-profile managers to lose their jobs, but the sides around the bottom have largely contributed to this huge number of sackings this season.
The relegation battle is tighter than ever and as a result, clubs are getting twitchy at the bottom. Of the 13 managerial changes this season, nine of them have been by clubs who are battling relegation.