Bob Bradley’s tenure at Swansea City was disastrous but his record of two wins in 11 games is in no way the worst in Premier League history. Paul Jewell, while at and Derby County, and Terry Connor, Wolverhampton Wanderers, both failed to win any games as their teams were relegated to the championship. However, here we celebrate those managers who lead their team to a single win before leaving their job.
Alan Shearer Newcastle United 2009
Newcastle United have made several atrocious managerial appointments over the years. John Carver, Joe Kinnear and Steve McLaren have all been appointed when woefully out of their depth but the man with worst record is club-legend Shearer. In a shambolic season, where Kinnear, Kevin Keegan and Chris Hughton also took charge, the former England striker failed to keep the club in the Premier League with only one win and two draws from his eight games in charge.
Boardroom turmoil filtered down to the pitch in a way that many Newcastle fans still haven’t forgiven owner Mike Ashley for. There was controversy over Dennis Wise’s role, who reportedly earned £80,000-a-week, the much-maligned Derek Llambias was appointed and Ashley put the club up for sale twice.
However, the demise of Newcastle was surprising. There was still plenty of quality in the team with Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins up front and Fabricio Coloccini in defence. But, Shearer’s reign led to only one win, a 3-1 victory against Middlesbrough who were also relegated, and Newcastle were out of the top-flight for the first time in 16 years. The short spell remains Shearers only managerial experience.
Billy Davies Derby County 2007
Derby County’s last attempt at the top division was utterly abysmal. This awful team broke all the Premier League records for incompetence: the lowest ever points total (11) the least number of wins (one) and the worst ever goal difference (-89). Davies was sacked by the end of November, however his record of one win three draws and 10 defeats in 14 matches is not bad in comparison to the rest of the season without him. The one win came thanks to Kenny Miller’s goal against Newcastle United. Derby wouldn’t win again all season.
Davies is no way blameless for what happened though. The shameless, Scottish, self-promoter is famously a very fiery character and he reportedly fell out with the Derby board before he left. This could have been because The Rams had little money by Premier League standards but what money Davies had to spend was spent poorly. £2.2m went on Miller, top-scorer with four goals, £3m went on lumbering oaf Claude Davis and £3.5m went on Robert Earnshaw, who scored one league goal all season. It was a shambles from start-to-finish and Davies hasn’t managed in the Premier League since.
Les Reed Charlton Athletic 2006
The 2006-07 season was the first in 15 years that Alan Curbishley hadn’t begun in charge of Charlton Athletic. He had resigned at the end of the previous season having established The Addicks as a mid-table Premier League club. Replacing club legends is never easy, ask David Moyes, but the appointment of Iain Dowie was uninspiring. With the club in the relegation zone, Dowie was sacked in November after 15 games in charge and replaced by first team coach Les Reed.
Reed was even more useless than Dowie. He lasted just six weeks in which time he won only one game and saw his side knocked out of the league cup by League Two Wycombe Wanderers. His one success as manager was a 1-0 victory against Manchester City thanks to a Marcus Bent goal. His time in charge is infamous for his portrayal in the media where he was nicknamed ‘Les Miserables’. He has never managed again but he has more recently tasted success as a board member at Southampton.
Steve Wigley Southampton 2004
After Paul Sturrock resigned after falling out with the board, Wigley was asked to stem up from his coaching role and become manager. Many pundits and fans questioned the decision as Wigley’s only previous managerial experience was with non-league Aldershot. Wigley was sacked after only 14 games. However, his one win was a 2-1 victory against arch-rivals Portsmouth thanks to goals from Dexter Blackstock and Kevin Phillips.
The man in charge of Portsmouth that day was Harry Redknapp who controversially replaced Wigley as manager. Redknapp couldn’t rescue the Saints who finished bottom of the table. As a final insult to the Southampton fans Redknapp returned to Portsmouth in December of the same year.
Wigley briefly managed again after Bolton Wanderers appointed him caretaker when Gary Megson was sacked. Though mostly he has gone back to coaching roles with spells at Manchester City, Hull City, Bristol City and England under-21s. He is now under-18s coach at Fulham.
Chris Hutchings Bradford City 2000
Much like many of the men on this list Hutchings was promoted from the backroom staff of his club. He had been Paul Jewell’s assistant as Bradford survived in the Premier League the season before. Jewell left for Sheffield Wednesday and Hutchings was given the full-time manager role.
Things started off well with a 2-0 victory against Chelsea in their first home game of the season but that was as good as it got. Hutchings was sacked after just 12 games as the club failed to win another Premier League game under him. Jim Jeffries was announced has his replacement but Bradford were relegated after just two seasons in the top flight.
Hutchings again followed Jewell seven years later replacing him as Wigan Athletic manager. He again lasted just 12 games before being sacked but this time he managed two victories. Undeterred, both Derby County and Ipswich Town named Hutchings as caretaker after sacking Jewell but he was not appointed to either role. He also had a two-year spell in charge of Walsall.