The 5 Worst Managers To Manage In Britain

The 5 Worst Managers To Manage In Britain
Nov 15, 2016


Earlier this week, Russell Slade was relieved of his post as Charlton Athletic manager after less than six months in the job, so on the topic of bad managers, here’s a countdown the top 5 worst managers to ever manage in Britain.

5) Pepe Mel

The Spaniard took control of West Brom in January 2014, arriving after managing many La Liga teams such as Real Vallecano, Betis, and Getafe. He signed an 18-month contract which would take him through to the summer of 2015. Mel took seven games to get his first win in English football, which finally came with a 2-1 away win at Swansea City. He led the Baggies to a 17th place finish in the 2014-15 season, and left by mutual consent one day after the end of the season, with a 17.65% win rate.

4) Tony Adams

The former Arsenal legend has managed just twice in England, with both tenures being unsuccessful. He first managed Wycombe Wanderers in the 2003-04 season, and having taken over as manager in November 2003, he was unable to prevent the club’s relegation to League Two. Adams resigned as manager at the end of the season, citing personal reasons. He then became Portsmouth manager following the departure of Harry Redknapp in October 2008. And although Portsmouth enjoyed their highest ever finish in the season before Adams took over, he was sacked in February 2009 after picking up just 10 points from 16 games. Portsmouth were relegated that season and began spiraling into the rut they are currently in.

3) Russell Slade

The first of two former Cardiff City managers to appear on this list, Slade has had a 22-year career in English football, first managing Notts County in 1994 and most recently managing Charlton Athletic until, as I mentioned, he was fired earlier this week. The Englishman is yet to manage in the Premier League, but you can clearly see why; he has failed to achieve a 45% win rate in any of the 10 clubs he’s managed and he has to be in charge for a club for over 5 years, having managed Leyton Orient for four years running from 2010-2014.

2) Ole Gunnar Solskjær

The Norwegian became manager of Cardiff City in January 2014, when Cardiff were struggling in the Premier League. He won his first game in charge after coming from behind to beat Newcastle United 2–1 in the third round of the FA Cup two days later. Cardiff then struggled for points and after defeats to Swansea, Hull, Crystal Palace and Sunderland, the Welsh club were relegated back to the Championship after a 3-0 away defeat to Newcastle. Solskjær left Cardiff City at the beginning of the following season, following a poor start to life in the Championship. He left Cardiff with a 30% win rate.

1) John Carver

The former Newcastle youth team player took over management of his beloved boyhood club on 1st January 2015. Four days after becoming the manager, Carver picked up his first win as Newcastle manager over Hull City, however, he then endured 8 successive league defeats, a club record for Newcastle in the Premier League.  On the final day of the season, Newcastle beat West Ham 2–0 to confirm their safety in the Premier League for the 2015–16 season. On 9 June, both Carver and coach Steve Stone had their contracts terminated by Newcastle ahead of the announcement of Steve McClaren as new head coach. Carver left Newcastle with a 15% win rate, winning just three games, drawing four and losing thirteen.



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