Gallagher and Fernandez join the rank of scorers who have put Premier League managers out of work

Matt Stead
Chelsea midfielder Enzo Fernandez celebrates his goal.
Chelsea midfielder Enzo Fernandez celebrates his goal.

Conor Gallagher joined the ranks of players who have scored twice in a Premier League manager’s last game; Enzo Fernandez helped bid farewell to Roy Hodgson.

The following is a rundown of the players who scored in a Premier League manager’s last game before losing their job. 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 in which Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison were the scorers, will be used. Same for Daniel Farke, who left Norwich after beating Brentford in November of that year, with the Raphinha and Rodrigo-inspired loss to Leeds in his penultimate match cited as key.

A total of 241 different players have induced one manager exit by scoring at least once in their final game. This number includes such names as Celestine Babayaro (Kenny Dalglish, Newcastle), Jon Flanagan (Andre Villas-Boas, Spurs), Vinnie Jones (Ron Atkinson, Aston Villa), Gary O’Neil (Peter Reid, Leeds), Arturo Vidal (Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea), and Conor Gallagher and Enzo Fernandez, who both helped put Roy Hodgson out of his Crystal Palace misery.

 

Players who induced two manager exits (39)

Che Adams
Chris Wilder at Sheffield United
Antonio Conte at Spurs

Gabriel Agbonlahor
Brian McDermott at Reading
Gus Poyet at Sunderland (two goals)

Morgan Amalfitano
Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland
Chris Hughton at Norwich

Juan Pablo Angel
Colin Todd at Derby
Sir Bobby Robson at Newcastle

Michail Antonio
Bob Bradley at Swansea
Nigel Pearson at Watford

Andre Ayew
Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa
Bob Bradley at Swansea

Joey Barton
Chris Coleman at Fulham
Lawrie Sanchez at Fulham

Christian Benteke
Brian McDermott at Reading
Gus Poyet at Sunderland (two goals)

Luis Boa Morte
Jacques Santini at Spurs
Velimir Zajec at Portsmouth

Jarrod Bowen
Bruno Lage at Wolves
Frank Lampard at Everton (two goals)

Nicky Butt
Howard Wilkinson at Leeds
Attilio Lombardo at Crystal Palace

Eric Cantona
Howard Wilkinson at Leeds
Joe Royle at Everton

Carlton Cole
Sir Bobby Robson at Newcastle
Martin Jol at Fulham

El Hadji Diouf
Kevin Keegan at Manchester City
Alan Pardew at West Ham

Roberto Firmino
Francesco Guidolin at Swansea
Scott Parker at Bournemouth (two goals)

Eden Hazard
Nigel Adkins at Southampton
Tony Pulis at West Brom (two goals)

Thierry Henry
Jim Smith at Derby (two goals)
Gordon Strachan at Southampton (two goals)

Emile Heskey
Jean Tigana at Fulham
Paul Ince at Blackburn

Harry Kane
Steve Bruce at Newcastle
Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds

Josh King
Steve McClaren at Newcastle
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United

Dejan Kulusevski
Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds
Steve Cooper at Nottingham Forest

Rickie Lambert
Mark Hughes at QPR
Malky Mackay at Cardiff

Oyvind Leonhardsen
Ron Atkinson at Aston Villa
Gerry Francis at Spurs

Romelu Lukaku
Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool
Mark Hughes at Southampton

Gareth McAuley
Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea
Mike Phelan at Hull

James Milner
Martin Jol at Spurs
Francesco Guidolin at Swansea

Peter Odemwingie
Chris Hughton at Newcastle (two goals)
Mick McCarthy at Wolves (three goals)

Michael Owen
Gerry Francis at Spurs
Jean Tigana at Fulham

Kevin Phillips
Ruud Gullit at Newcastle
Glenn Hoddle at Spurs

Niall Quinn
Brian Little at Leicester
Ruud Gullit at Newcastle

Jay Rodriguez
Malky Mackay at Cardiff (two goals)
Paul Heckingbottom at Sheffield United

Cristiano Ronaldo
Steve Wigley at Southampton
Nuno Espirito Santo at Spurs

Wayne Rooney
Steve Wigley at Southampton
Paul Clement at Swansea

Mo Salah
Slaven Bilic at West Ham (two goals)
Slavisa Jokanovic at Fulham

Paul Scholes
Attilio Lombardo at Crystal Palace
Steve Wigley at Southampton

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Joe Royle at Everton
David Pleat at Sheffield Wednesday (two goals)

Heung-min Son
Steve Bruce at Newcastle
Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds

Jamie Vardy
Jose Mourinho at Chelsea
Marco Silva at Watford

Yakubu
Peter Reid at Leeds
Les Reed at Charlton

 

Players who induced three manager exits (seven)

Salomon Kalou
Sam Allardyce at Bolton
Sammy Lee at Bolton
Billy Davies at Derby

Riyad Mahrez
Garry Monk at Swansea (three goals)
Jose Mourinho at Chelsea
Marco Silva at Watford

Sadio Mane
Neil Warnock at Crystal Palace
Jose Mourinho at Manchester United
Marco Silva at Everton

Xherdan Shaqiri
Slavisa Jokanovic at Fulham
Jose Mourinho at Manchester United (two goals)
Marco Silva at Everton

Gylfi Sigurdsson
Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa
Paul Clement at Swansea
Jose Mourinho at Spurs (two goals)

Darius Vassell
Colin Todd at Derby
Graeme Souness at Newcastle
Chris Coleman at Fulham

Chris Wood
Frank de Boer at Crystal Palace
Alan Pardew at West Brom
Ralph Hasenhuttl at Southampton

 

Players who induced four manager exits (one)

James Ward-Prowse
Claudio Ranieri at Fulham
Quique Sanchez Flores at Watford
Chris Wilder at Sheffield United
Antonio Conte at Spurs

 

Players who induced five manager exits (one)

Andy Cole
David Pleat at Sheffield Wednesday
Attilio Lombardo at Crystal Palace
Jacques Santini at Spurs
Velimir Zajec at Portsmouth
Graeme Souness at Newcastle

Manchester United striker Andy Cole
You concede to Andy Cole, you expect your P45

 

Players who induced their own manager’s exit with own goals

Nigel Martyn – Howard Wilkinson at Leeds

Tim Sherwood – Ray Harford at Blackburn

Des Lyttle – Frank Clark at Nottingham Forest

Jon Newsome – David Pleat at Sheffield Wednesday

Jussi Jaaskelainen – Sam Allardyce at Bolton

Anton Ferdinand – Mark Hughes at QPR

Titus Bramble – Martin O’Neill at Sunderland

Steve Taylor – Steve McClaren at Newcastle

Michael Keane – Rafael Benitez at Everton

Juraj Kucka – Claudio Ranieri at Watford

Chris Mepham – Scott Parker at Bournemouth

Tyrone Mings – Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa

Jan Bednarek – Nathan Jones at Southampton

Daniel Iversen – Brendan Rodgers at Leicester

 

Players who induced consecutive manager exits

Jonatan Johansson – Chris Hutchings at Bradford (sacked in November 2000) and Peter Taylor at Leicester (sacked in October 2001)

 

Players who induced consecutive manager exits in the same season

Riyad Mahrez (2016/17) – Garry Monk at Swansea (sacked in December 2015) and Jose Mourinho at Chelsea (sacked in December 2015)

 

Players who induced multiple manager exits in the same season

Eric Cantona (1996/97) – Howard Wilkinson at Leeds (sacked in September) and Joe Royle at Everton (resigned in March)

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

Luis Boa Morte (2004/05) – Jacques Santini at Spurs (resigned in November) and Velimir Zajec at Portsmouth (resigned in April)

Andy Cole (2004/05) – Jacques Santini at Spurs (resigned in November) and Velimir Zajec at Portsmouth (resigned in April)

Morgan Amalfitano (2013/14) – Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland (sacked in September) and Chris Hughton at Norwich (sacked in April)

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

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

Harry Kane (2021/22) – Steve Bruce at Newcastle (mutual consented in October) and Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds (sacked in February)

Heung-min Son (2021/22) – Steve Bruce at Newcastle (mutual consented in October) and Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds (sacked in February)

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

 

Players who induced manager exits by scoring two goals in their last game

Bradley Allen – Bobby Gould at Coventry

Peter Beardsley – John Deehan at Norwich

Stan Collymore – Frank Clark at Nottingham Forest

Freddie Kanoute – Stuart Gray at Southampton

Thierry Henry – Jim Smith at Derby and Gordon Strachan at Southampton

Nwankwo Kanu – Peter Reid at Sunderland

James Beattie – Glenn Hoddle at Spurs

Gary O’Neil – Peter Reid at Leeds

Georgios Samaras – Mick McCarthy at Sunderland

Kevin Davies – Alan Pardew at West Ham

Robin van Persie – Kevin Keegan at Newcastle

Johan Elmander – Roy Keane at Sunderland

Niko Kranjcar – Mark Hughes at Manchester City

Stephen Hunt – Gary Megson at Bolton

Peter Odemwingie – Chris Hughton at Newcastle

Benjani Mwaruwari – Roy Hodgson at Liverpool

Charles N’Zogbia – Avram Grant at West Ham

Luis Suarez – Andre Villas-Boas at Spurs

Jay Rodriguez – Malky Mackay at Cardiff

Kevin Nolan – Michael Laudrup at Swansea

Mame Biram Diouf – Alan Irvine at West Brom

Christian Benteke – Gus Poyet at Sunderland

Gabriel Agbonlahor – Gus Poyet at Sunderland

Mo Salah – Slaven Bilic at West Ham

Eden Hazard – Tony Pulis at West Brom

Kenedy – Mauricio Pellegrini at Southampton

Xherdan Shaqiri – Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

Wilfried Zaha – Claude Puel at Leicester

Daichi Kamada – Unai Emery at Arsenal

Divock Origi – Marco Silva at Everton

Gylfi Sigurdsson – Jose Mourinho at Spurs

Luis Diaz – Scott Parker at Bournemouth

Roberto Firmino – Scott Parker at Bournemouth

Jarrod Bowen – Frank Lampard at Everton

Jacob Murphy – Cristian Stellini at Spurs

Alexander Isak – Cristian Stellini at Spurs

Jefferson Lerma – Javi Gracia at Leeds

Conor Gallagher – Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace

 

Players who induced manager exits by scoring a hat-trick in their last game

Carlos Tevez – Roberto Di Matteo at West Brom

Peter Odemwingie – Mick McCarthy at Wolves

Jon Walters – Harry Redknapp at QPR

Riyad Mahrez – Garry Monk at Swansea

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