Chelsea keep putting Crystal Palace managers out of work; Hodgson is Pochettino’s second scalp

Matt Stead
Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino reacts during a Premier League match.

Chelsea have forced a few recent managerial changes at Crystal Palace, with Mauricio Pochettino claiming only his second Premier League coaching scalp.

The following is a rundown of the clubs a Premier League coach faced last before losing their job, and the respective managers who were in charge of them. Sackings, resignations and mutual consents are all considered, provided there was one clear result which proved to be the tipping point. And it had to happen during the season, not in the summer.

On the rare occasion a manager left his post after winning, we will take into account their most recent defeat; we only want results so damaging that the manager in question had to go soon after. To use Frank Lampard’s 2021 Chelsea exit as an example, his final match was an FA Cup win over Luton so the previous game, a 2-0 defeat to Leicester, will be used. Same for Daniel Farke, who left Norwich after beating Brentford in November of that year, with the loss to Leeds in his penultimate match cited as key.

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Managers who induced manager exits

1 – 59 different managers
From Ron Atkinson, who induced the first managerial sacking in Premier League history when Chelsea axed Ian Porterfield after a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa in February 1993, to Ange Postecoglou, who forced Nottingham Forest’s hand when Tottenham beat Steve Cooper’s side in December 2023, 59 different coaches have proven to be the last straw for a Premier League manager.

Others include Tim Sherwood (Gus Poyet, Sunderland), Russell Slade (Ossie Ardiles, Tottenham) and Knut Torum (Jose Mourinho, Chelsea).

 

2 – 15 different managers

Marcelo Bielsa
Xisco Munoz at Watford
Daniel Farke at Norwich

Slaven Bilic
Bob Bradley at Swansea
Dick Advocaat at Sunderland

Phil Brown
Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chelsea
Gary Megson at Bolton

Chris Coleman
Jacques Santini at Tottenham
Velimir Zajec at Portsmouth

Sean Dyche
Frank de Boer at Crystal Palace
Alan Pardew at West Brom

Roy Evans
Frank Clark at Nottingham Forest
Gerry Francis at Tottenham

Pep Guardiola
Aitor Karanka at Middlesbrough
Slaven Bilic at West Brom

Brian Horton
Brian Little at Leicester
John Lyall at Ipswich

Paul Jewell
Egil Olsen at Wimbledon
Iain Dowie at Charlton

Dave Jones
Ray Harford at Blackburn
Roy Hodgson at Blackburn

Joe Kinnear
Ron Atkinson at Aston Villa
Brian Little at Aston Villa

Steve McClaren
Walter Smith at Everton
Terry Venables at Leeds

Jose Mourinho
Sam Allardyce at Bolton
Mark Hughes at Southampton

Mauricio Pochettino
Malky Mackay at Cardiff
Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace

Harry Redknapp
Peter Reid at Leeds
Mark Hughes at Manchester City

 

3 – nine different managers

Steve Bruce
Paul Ince at Blackburn
Paul Lambert at Aston Villa
Javi Gracia at Watford

Alan Curbishley
Kevin Keegan at Newcastle
Chris Hutchings at Bradford
Peter Taylor at Leicester

Avram Grant
Sammy Lee at Bolton
Chris Hutchings at Wigan
Billy Davies at Derby

Eddie Howe
Steve McClaren at Newcastle
Ralph Hasenhuttl at Southampton
Cristian Stellini at Tottenham

Mark Hughes
Glenn Roeder at Newcastle
Alan Irvine at West Brom
Harry Redknapp at QPR

David Moyes
Nigel Pearson at Watford
Bruno Lage at Wolves
Frank Lampard at Everton

Stuart Pearce
Graeme Souness at Newcastle
Mick McCarthy at Sunderland
Chris Coleman at Fulham

Claudio Ranieri
Garry Monk at Swansea
Jose Mourinho at Chelsea
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United

Dean Smith
Rafael Benitez at Everton
Claudio Ranieri at Watford
Sean Dyche at Burnley

 

4 – six different managers

Rafael Benitez
Alain Perrin at Portsmouth
Tony Adams at Portsmouth
Nigel Adkins at Southampton
Mauricio Pellegrino at Southampton

Antonio Conte
Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea
Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace
Tony Pulis at West Brom
Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds

Ralph Hasenhuttl
Claudio Ranieri at Fulham
Quique Sanchez Flores at Watford
Chris Wilder at Sheffield United
Dean Smith at Aston Villa

Roy Hodgson
Mick McCarthy at Wolves
Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea
Claude Puel at Leicester
Brendan Rodgers at Leicester

Tony Pulis
Sam Allardyce at Newcastle
Paul Hart at Portsmouth
Mike Phelan at Hull
Craig Shakespeare at Leicester

Brendan Rodgers
Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham
Rene Meulensteen at Fulham
Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham
Frank Lampard at Chelsea

 

5 – one manager

Roberto Martinez
Avram Grant at West Ham
Steve Bruce at Sunderland
Roberto Mancini at Manchester City
David Moyes at Manchester United
Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool

 

6 – two managers

Alex Ferguson
Howard Wilkinson at Leeds
Joe Royle at Everton
David Pleat at Sheffield Wednesday
Attilio Lombardo at Crystal Palace
Steve Wigley at Southampton
Martin O’Neill at Sunderland

Jurgen Klopp
Francesco Guidolin at Swansea
Slaven Bilic at West Ham
Slavisa Jokanovic at Fulham
Jose Mourinho at Manchester United
Marco Silva at Everton
Scott Parker at Bournemouth

 

7 – one manager

Arsene Wenger
Ruud Gullit at Chelsea
Peter Reid at Sunderland
Jim Smitha at Derby
Gordon Strachan at Southampton
Kevin Keegan at Newcastle
Phil Brown at Hull
Ronald Koeman at Everton

 

8 – one manager

Sam Allardyce
Kevin Keegan at Manchester City
Alan Pardew at West Ham
Martin Jol at Tottenham
Lawrie Sanchez at Fulham
Martin Jol at Fulham
Michael Laudrup at Swansea
Roberto Martinez at Everton
Paul Clement at Swansea

Sam Allardyce laughs

 

Teams who induced manager exits

1 – 19 different clubs
In a number which includes MK Dons (Neil Warnock, QPR), Port Vale (Ian Branfoot, Southampton) and Bristol City (Graeme Souness, Liverpool), 19 different clubs have inflicted one result so damaging that a manager paid with their job soon after.

 

2 – eight different clubs

Bournemouth
Steve McClaren at Newcastle
Javi Gracia at Leeds

Cardiff
Steve Clarke at West Brom
David Wagner at Huddersfield

Leeds
Xisco Munoz at Watford
Daniel Farke at Norwich

Portsmouth
Dave Bassett at Nottingham Forest
Peter Reid at Leeds

Sunderland
Ruud Gullit at Newcastle
Roberto Martinez at Everton

Swansea
Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa
Remi Garde at Aston Villa

Watford
Danny Wilson at Sheffield Wednesday
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United

Wimbledon
Ron Atkinson at Aston Villa
Brian Little at Aston Villa

 

3 – six different clubs

Blackburn
Peter Reid at Manchester City
Glenn Roeder at Newcastle
Roy Hodgson at Liverpool

Burnley
Frank de Boer at Crystal Palace
Alan Pardew at West Brom
Paul Heckingbottom at Sheffield United

Charlton
Kevin Keegan at Newcastle
Chris Hutchings at Bradford
Peter Taylor at Leicester

Crystal Palace
Gary Megson at West Brom
Claude Puel at Leicester
Brendan Rodgers at Leicester

Hull
Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chelsea
Gary Megson at Bolton
Paul Lambert at Aston Villa

Middlesbrough
Walter Smith at Everton
Terry Venables at Leeds
Les Reed at Charlton

 

4 – five different clubs

Bolton
Alan Pardew at West Ham
Kevin Keegan at Manchester City
Roy Keane at Sunderland
Sam Allardyce at Blackburn

Everton
David Moyes at Manchester United
Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool
Paul Clement at Swansea
Jose Mourinho at Tottenham

Norwich
Mike Walker at Everton
Rafael Benitez at Everton
Claudio Ranieri at Watford
Sean Dyche at Burnley

Stoke
Sam Allardyce at Newcastle
Paul Hart at Portsmouth
Alan Irvine at West Brom
Harry Redknapp at QPR

 

5 – four different clubs

Fulham
Howard Wilkinson at Sunderland
Jacques Santini at Tottenham
Velimir Zajec at Portsmouth
Ian Holloway at Crystal Palace
Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa

Leicester
Garry Monk at Swansea
Jose Mourinho at Chelsea
Marco Silva at Watford
Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham
Frank Lampard at Chelsea

Tottenham
Roy Evans at Liverpool
Mark Hughes at Manchester City
Steve Bruce at Newcastle
Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds
Steve Cooper at Nottingham Forest

Wigan
Iain Dowie at Charlton
Paul Ince at Blackburn
Avram Grant at West Ham
Steve Bruce at Sunderland
Roberto Mancini at Manchester City

 

6 – one club

Aston Villa
Ian Porterfield at Chelsea
Colin Todd at Derby
Sir Bobby Robson at Newcastle
Brian McDermott at Reading
Gus Poyet at Sunderland
Graham Potter at Chelsea

 

7 – two clubs

Arsenal
Ruud Gullit at Chelsea
Peter Reid at Sunderland
Jim Smith at Derby
Gordon Strachan at Southampton
Kevin Keegan at Newcastle
Phil Brown at Hull
Ronald Koeman at Everton

West Brom
Chris Hughton at Newcastle
Mick McCarthy at Wolves
Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea
Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland
Chris Hughton at Norwich
Mike Phelan at Hull
Craig Shakespeare at Leicester

 

8 – four clubs

Manchester City
Brian Little at Leicester
John Lyall at Ipswich
Graeme Souness at Newcastle
Mick McCarthy at Sunderland
Chris Coleman at Fulham
Roberto Di Matteo at West Brom
Aitor Karanka at Middlesbrough
Slaven Bilic at West Brom

Manchester United
Howard Wilkinson at Leeds
Joe Royle at Everton
David Pleat at Sheffield Wednesday
Attilio Lombardo at Crystal Palace
Steve Wigley at Southampton
Martin O’Neill at Sunderland
Mark Hughes at Southampton
Nuno Espirito Santo at Tottenham

Newcastle
John Deehan at Norwich
Gianluca Vialli at Chelsea
Martin Jol at Tottenham
Lawrie Sanchez at Fulham
Mauricio Pellegrino at Southampton
Javi Gracia at Watford
Ralph Hasenhuttl at Southampton
Cristian Stellini at Tottenham

West Ham
Stuart Gray at Southampton
Martin Jol at Fulham
Michael Laudrup at Swansea
Dick Advocaat at Sunderland
Bob Bradley at Swansea
Nigel Pearson at Watford
Bruno Lage at Wolves
Frank Lampard at Everton

 

9 – one club

Chelsea
Kenny Dalglish at Newcastle
Sam Allardyce at Bolton
Sammy Lee at Bolton
Chris Hutchings at Wigan
Billy Davies at Derby
Nigel Adkins at Southampton
Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace
Tony Pulis at West Brom
Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace

 

10 – one club

Southampton
Roy Hodgson at Blackburn
Glenn Hoddle at Tottenham
Mark Hughes at QPR
Malky Mackay at Cardiff
Neil Warnock at Crystal Palace
Claudio Ranieri at Fulham
Quique Sanchez Flores at Watford
Chris Wilder at Sheffield United
Dean Smith at Aston Villa
Antonio Conte at Tottenham

 

13 – one club

Liverpool
Frank Clark at Nottingham Forest
Gerry Francis at Tottneham
Jean Tigana at Fulham
Alain Perrin at Portsmouth
Tony Adams at Portsmouth
Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham
Rene Meulensteen at Fulham,
Francesco Guidolin at Swansea
Slaven Bilic at West Ham
Slavisa Jokanovic at Fulham
Jose Mourinho at Manchester United
Marco Silva at Everton
Scott Parker at Bournemouth

 

Managers who induced consecutive manager exits
Brian Horton – Brian Little at Leicester (resigned in November 1994) and John Lyall at Ipswich (resigned in December 1994)

Alan Curbishley – Chris Hutchings at Bradford (sacked in November 2000) and Peter Taylor at Leicester (sacked in September 2001)

Stuart Pearce – Graeme Souness at Newcastle (sacked in February 2006) and Mick McCarthy at Sunderland (sacked in March 2006)

Avram Grant – Chris Hutchings at Wigan (sacked in November 2007) and Billy Davies (mutual consented in November 2007)

Roberto Martinez – Avram Grant at West Ham (sacked in May 2011) and Steve Bruce at Sunderland (sacked in November 2011)

Roy Hodgson – Mick McCarthy at Wolves (sacked in February 2012) and Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea (sacked in March 2012)

Mark Hughes – Alan Irvine at West Brom (sacked in December 2014) and Harry Redknapp at QPR (resigned in February 2015)

Claudio Ranieri – Garry Monk at Swansea (sacked in December 2015) and Jose Mourinho at Chelsea (sacked in December 2015)

Dean Smith – Rafael Benitez at Everton (sacked in January 2022) and Claudio Ranieri at Watford (sacked in January 2022)

 

Managers who induced two non-consecutive manager exits in same season
Alex Ferguson (1996/97) – Howard Wilkinson at Leeds (sacked in September) and Joe Royle (resigned in March)

Alex Ferguson (1997/98) – David Pleat at Sheffield Wednesday (sacked in November) and Attilio Lombardo at Crystal Palace (resigned in April)

Chris Coleman (2004/05) – Jacques Santini at Tottenham (resigned in November) and Velimir Zajev at Portsmouth (returned to director of football position in April)

Sam Allardyce (2013/14) – Martin Jol at Fulham (sacked in December) and Michael Laudrup at Swansea (sacked in February)

Brendan Rodgers (2013/14) – Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham (mutual consented in December) and Rene Meulensteen at Fulham (sacked in February)

Sean Dyche (2017/18) – Frank de Boer at Crystal Palace (sacked in September) and Alan Pardew at West Brom (mutual consented in April)

Jurgen Klopp (2018/19) – Slavisa Jokanovic at Fulham (sacked in November) and Jose Mourinho at Manchester United (sacked in December)

David Moyes (2022/23) – Bruno Lage at Wolves (sacked in October) and Frank Lampard at Everton (sacked in January)

Eddie Howe (2022/23) – Ralph Hasenhuttl at Southampton (sacked in November) and Cristian Stellini at Tottenham (sacked in April)

 

Managers who induced three manager exits in same season
Avram Grant (Chelsea, 2007/08) – beat Sammy Lee’s Bolton 1-0 in October, Chris Hutchings’ Wigan 2-0 in November and Billy Davies’ Derby 2-0 in November

Dean Smith (Norwich, 2021/22) – beat Rafael Benitez’s Everton 2-1 in January, Claudio Ranieri’s Watford 3-0 in January and Sean Dyche’s Burnley 2-0 in April

 

Managers who induced and then suffered manager exit in same season
John Deehan (Norwich, 1994/95) – drew 0-0 with Mike Walker’s Everton in November; resigned after 3-0 defeat to Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle in April

Jean Tigana (Fulham, 2002/03) – beat Howard Wilkinson’s Sunderland 1-0 in March; sacked after 2-0 defeat to Gerard Houllier’s Liverpool in April

Gordon Strachan (Southampton, 2003/04) – beat Glenn Hoddle’s Tottenham 3-1 in September; resigned after 2-0 defeat to Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal in February

Sam Allardyce (Bolton, 2006/07) – beat Alan Pardew’s West Ham 4-0 in December; resigned after drawing 2-2 with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in April

Roberto Di Matteo (West Brom, 2010/11) – beat Chris Hughton’s Newcastle 3-1 in December; sacked after 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in February

Steve Clarke (West Brom, 2013/14) – beat Paolo Di Canio’s Sunderland 3-0 in September; sacked after 1-0 defeat to Malky Mackay’s Cardiff in December

Malky Mackay (Cardiff, 2013/14) – beat Steve Clarke’s West Brom 1-0 in December; sacked after 3-0 defeat to Mauricio Pochettino’s Southampton in December

Roberto Martinez (Everton, 2015/16) – drew 1-1 with Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool in October; sacked after 3-0 defeat to Sam Allardyce’s Sunderland in May

Tony Pulis (West Brom, 2017/18) – drew 1-1 with Craig Shakespeare’s Leicester in October; sacked after 4-0 defeat to Antonio Conte’s Chelsea in November

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United, 2021/22) – beat Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham 3-0 November; sacked after 4-1 defeat to Claudio Ranieri’s Watford in November

Claudio Ranieri (Watford, 2021/22) – beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United 4-1 in November; sacked after 3-0 defeat to Dean Smith’s Norwich in January

 

Managers who induced multiple manager exits and then suffered their own in the same season
Sam Allardyce (Newcastle, 2007/08) – beat Martin Jol’s Tottenham 3-1 in October; beat Lawrie Sanchez’s Fulham 1-0 in December; mutual consented after 0-0 draw with Tony Pulis’ Stoke in January

Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds, 2021/22) – beat Xisco Munoz’s Watford 1-0 in October; beat Daniel Farke’s Norwich in November; sacked after 4-0 defeat to Antonio Conte’s Tottenham in February

 

Managers who suffered and then induced manager exits in same season
Dean Smith (2021/22) – sacked by Aston Villa after 1-0 defeat to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton in November; beat Rafael Benitez’s Everton 2-1 in January; beat Claudio Ranieri’s Watford 3-0 in January; beat Sean Dyche’s Burnley 2-0 in April

 

Managers who induced a manager exit and was the next manager to go
Sam Allardyce (Newcastle, 2007/08) – beat Lawrie Sanchez’s Fulham 1-0 in December; mutual consented after drawing 0-0 with Tony Pulis’ Stoke in January

Phil Brown (Hull, 2009/10) – drew 2-2 with Gary Megson’s Bolton in December; resigned after 2-1 defeat to Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal in March

Nigel Adkins (Southampton, 2012/13) – beat Mark Hughes’ QPR 3-1 in November; sacked after drawing 2-2 with Rafael Benitez’s Chelsea in January

Martin Jol (Fulham, 2013/14) – beat Ian Holloway’s Crystal Palace 4-1 in October; sacked after 3-0 defeat to Sam Allardyce’s West Ham in December

Garry Monk (Cardiff, 2015/16) – beat Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa 2-1 in October; sacked after 3-0 defeat to Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester in December

Jose Mourinho (Manchester United, 2018/19) – drew 1-1 with Mark Hughes’ Southampton in December; sacked after 3-1 defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in December

 

Managers who forced same team into consecutive manager changes
Dave Jones – Blackburn (forced Ray Harford’s sacking with Stockport in October 1996, then Roy Hodgson’s sacking with Southampton in November 1998)

Joe Kinnear – Aston Villa (forced Ron Atkinson’s sacking in November 1994, then Brian Little’s sacking in February 1998, both with Wimbledon)

Roy Hodgson – Leicester (forced Claude Puel’s sacking in February 2019, then Brendan Rodgers’ sacking in April 2023, both with Crystal Palace)

 

Managers to get same manager sacked more than once
Sam Allardyce – beat Martin Jol’s Tottenham 3-1 with Newcastle and Martin Jol’s Fulham 3-0 with West Ham.