April 14, 2024

The EPL's fired dozen

The EPL's fired dozen
The 12 managers fired so far in the English Premier League/Composite/Michezo Afrika

Of the 20 who started the season, 12 have since been forced out as the season progresses with club owners demanding results.

This year’s EPL is turning out to be an endurance course, kind of like the Safari Rally, for club managers and coaches. 

It has proved to be a harsh and unforgiving course.

Of the 20 who started the season, 12 have since been forced out as the season progresses with club owners demanding results.

Let’s have a look at the casualties who have been sacked this season.

Scott Parker became the first managerial casualty of the campaign when the ex-England international left Bournemouth on August 30, followed by Chelsea casting Thomas Tuchel out in early September, with the Blues firing the man that won them a UEFA Champions League title just 15 months earlier. 

Bruno Lage was next out of the door after Wolves dropped into the bottom three with a limp 2-0 defeat at West Ham on October 1, preceding Steven Gerrard suffering the axe a swift 75 minutes after a 3-0 defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage on October 20 that left Villa teetering above the relegation zone.

Ralph Hasenhuttl saw his time at Southampton come to an end following their 4-1 home defeat to Newcastle United on November 6. Saints had won just two of their past 11 league matches and were sitting two points off the bottom of the table when Hasenhuttl's departure was announced.

Frank Lampard followed suit on January 23 with Everton sitting 19th in the Premier League with just 15 points from 20 matches and now Jesse Marsch was sacked after seven league games without a win saw Leeds give him the boot on February 6.

Nathan Jones' turbulent three-month reign in succession to Hasenhuttl came to an end on February 12, a day after Southampton's 2-1 home defeat to 10-man Wolves. The former Luton Town boss oversaw eight defeats in nine Premier League games.

Patrick Vieira was given the boot by Crystal Palace on March 17, paying the price for the Eagles failing to win any of their 13 games in all competitions under him in 2023.

Antonio Conte was seen mercifully let go on March 26, with the international break, while Brendan Rodgers of Leicester City was axed just days later on April 2 after a defeat to Crystal Palace. Then just hours after Rodgers was sent packing, Chelsea sacked Graham Potter as well.

Keep watching this space as you never know who will be next.