Sack race: Sam Allardyce, Steve Bruce and Co. are the early leaders

It can be a tough job as a football manager, just ask Sam Allardyce.

A run of poor results, losing the dressing room or the occasional off-pitch scandal can see the board wield that managerial axe in a desperate ploy to change the fortunes of their club.

Steve Bruce was the first man to depart when he said his goodbyes in July and the big names have continued to creep in behind him.

We will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest managerial departures during the new English football season:

Premier League

As mentioned already, Steve Bruce decided to walk away from Hull City after four supremely successful seasons at the KC Stadium.

Rumblings of discontent with the owners, failure in the transfer market and a daunting season ahead in the Premier League was enough for Brucey to call it a day on July 22nd.

On that very same day, Sam Allardyce left Sunderland to take up his position as England manager… 67 days later, we all know how that ended. 

Up next: Francesco Guidolin.

Guidolin, left with the task of saving his job as Swansea manager with two fixtures against Manchester City and Liverpool, failed.

Premier League departures:

July 22nd: Steve Bruce, Hull City, 1493 days in charge.

July 22nd: Sam Allardyce, Sunderland, 287 days in charge.

Oct 3rd: Francesco Guidolin, Swansea City, 259 days in charge.


The English football managerial sack race - who has gone so far this season?
Gone: Roberto Di Matteo last 12 games at Aston Villa

Aston Villa’s dismal form continued in the Championship despite the arrival of high-profile name Roberto Di Matteo and the club’s desire to splash the cash on new players.

Di Matteo, sacked by previous club Schalke, found himself unemployed once again after winning just one of his 12 games in charge.

Cardiff City manager Vincent Tan isn’t afraid to change his management and Paul Trollope found out the hard way.

Trollope’s decision to leave Bristol Rovers after five years in charge resulted in just 12 very, very disappointing games in Wales.

Championship departures:

October 1st: Roberto Di Matteo, Aston Villa, 121 days in charge.

October 4th: Paul Trollope, Cardiff City, 139 days in charge.

League One

The English football managerial sack race - who has gone so far this season?
Tony Mowbray left Coventry in September. (Picture: Getty)

Kicking us off as the first casualty in League One, it’s former Fleetwood boss Steven Pressley.

Leaving his position as a scout for Premier League club Southampton, Pressley was appointed manager of Fleetwood but won only 11 of his 40 games in charge.

Just three days after Pressley’s sacking, Kenny Jackett was given his marching orders by Wolves. Despite his respectable win rate of 46% in his 150 games in charge, Jackett didn’t impress the new Chinese conglomerate that bought the club and he was gone.

Tony Mowbray was the next high-profile name to depart in League One as the troubled Coventry City let the 52-year-old go.

League One departures:

July 26th: Steven Pressley, Fleetwood Town, 294 days in charge.

July 29th: Kenny Jackett, Wolves, 1155 days in charge.

September 29th: Tony Mowbray, Coventry City, 576 days in charge.

League Two

The English football managerial sack race - who has gone so far this season?
Andy Hessenthaler was given his marching orders by Leyton Orient

Into League Two now and, like Kenny Jackett at Wolves, Andy Hessenthaler didn’t impress his respected owners who sacked him from his position at Leyton Orient after just 16 games.

Elsewhere Warren Feeney, 35, last 34 games at Newport County after he won just seven times after being promoted from assistant manager.

League Two departures:

Andy Hessenthaler, Leyton Orient, 197 days

September 25th: Andy Hessenthaler, Leyton Orient, 197 days in charge.

September 28th: Warren Feeney, Newport County,259 days in charge.