Nathan Jones moves onto list of Premier League’s ten shortest ever managerial reigns

Ian Watson
Nathan Jones reacts on the touchline as Southampton lose to Brighton.

Nathan Jones has become the eighth Premier League boss to last fewer than 100 days after his Southampton sacking. He knocks Steve Wigley out of the top 10.


1) Les Reed: Charlton – 41 days
November 14, 2006 – December 24, 2006

Even Liz Truss lasted longer as PM than Reed managed at his post at The Valley, with Iain Dowie’s former assistant claiming it was a mutual decision to part the night before Christmas with his side bottom of the table and seven points from safety after one win in seven games under the boyhood Charlton fan. “My position had become untenable in circumstances not of my making and beyond my control,” said Reed of leaving his boyhood club. “I have not run away from this challenge I have done what is right for Charlton. Alan Pardew is an excellent choice and a good friend.” Pardew was unable to keep the Addicks up.


2) Rene Meulensteen: Fulham – 75 days
December 1, 2013 – February 14, 2014

Fulham were bottom of the table and hadn’t won a league match since New Year’s Day when ex-Man Utd coach Meulensteen received his marching orders. “Have we hit rock bottom? We probably have,” said the Dutchman just over a week before he departed upon losing an FA Cup replay defeat to Sheffield United, a side languishing second bottom of League One. They then drew at Old Trafford, prompting hopes of a revival, but a home defeat to Liverpool sealed his fate. Meulensteen was replaced by Felix Magath, who failed to keep Fulham up and tried to cure Brede Hangeland’s knee injury with cheese.


3) Frank de Boer: Crystal Palace – 77 days
June 26, 2017 -September 11, 2017

Described by Jose Mourinho as “the worst manager in the history of the Premier League” and it’s hard on this occasion to argue. De Boer arrived at Palace determined to instil a new possession-based approach and revolutionise the whole philosophy of the club. He was binned off after losing all four of his Premier League games without scoring a goal, with pre-season accounting for a month and a half of his pitifully short reign. Roy Hodgson replaced De Boer and the ex-England boss dragged Palace up to 11th by the end of the season.

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4) Bob Bradley: Swansea – 84 days
October 3, 2016 – December 27, 2016

Managed to live down to every ludicrous and unfair English stereotype of American SOCCER!!! types and did vast amounts of damage that Jesse Marsch struggled in vain to repair. In a spell sandwiched between Francesco Guidolin and Paul Clement, Bradley brought just two wins in 11 games and was axed after a Boxing Day battering off West Ham.


5) Quique Sanchez Flores: Watford – 85 days
September 7, 2019 – December 1, 2019

This was the Spaniard’s second spell in charge, with Sanchez Flores tempted back to Vicarage Road after Javi Gracia was sacked four games into the season. The returning boss struggled to make an impact, winning only one of his 10 games in charge, with the Hornets bottom of the table and six points adrift of safety. At least they didn’t have to show him where the door was.


6) Terry Connor: Wolves – 91 days
February 24, 2012 – June 30, 2012

Connor assisted Mick McCarthy before stepping up to be the main man through the run in at the end of the 2011/12 season. He had 13 games in charge, winning none, which resulted in Wolves finishing bottom of the Premier League. Connor was allowed to stick around, though, returning to his assistant’s job before being axed by Stale Solbakken over ‘footballing differences’ barely a month into the following season.


7) Nathan Jones: Southampton – 95 days
November 10, 2022 – February 12, 2023

The writing was perhaps scribbled all over the wall well before the weird post-match press conference following a 3-0 defeat to Brentford, but that really did seal the fate of a Brendan Rodgers regen we will sorely miss. The only league win Nathan Jones managed at Southampton came against an Everton team who sacked their own boss nine days later.


8) Colin Todd: Derby – 98 days
October 8, 2002 – January 14, 2002

Another who stepped up from an assistant’s position, Todd lasted just over three months, by the end of which Derby were second-bottom of the league and out of the FA Cup after being humbled by League Two strugglers Bristol Rovers. “Colin has been aware the chairman was not happy with the way things have been going,” said the Rams, who wanted it known the decision had nothing to do with Fabrizio Ravanelli and the striker’s management ambitions.


9) Tony Adams: Portsmouth – 106 days
October 28, 2008 – February 8, 2009

Adams’ name earned him the chance to replace Harry Redknapp at Pompey more than his record, which up to that point consisted of a spell at Wycombe where he won 12 of 53 games in charge. At Fratton Park, he managed only two wins in 16 games, with Pompey 16th when he was shown the door. “The team has played well but too many points have been dropped from winning positions,” said the club, amid reports the senior players, like David James and Sol Campbell, weren’t convinced by his appointment.

Watford boss Claudio Ranieri looks unhappy


10) Claudio Ranieri: Fulham – 106 days
November 14, 2018 – February 28, 2019

The Italian, a Premier League title winner with Leicester, lost the Fulham fans barely three months after replacing Slavisa Jokanovic at Craven Cottage. Winning only three games in 16 was enough to turn the board against Ranieri too though, inevitably, it was all very civil: “Claudio Ranieri agreed to my decision that a change was in the best interest of everyone,” said Shahid Khan. “No surprise to me, Claudio was a perfect gentleman, as always. Be assured he is not solely to blame for the position we are in today.”