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8 managers who spent less time incharge than Sam Allardyce

Thursday 29th September 2016
English football was thrown into turmoil on Tuesday after it emerged that ex-Three Lions coach, Sam Allardyce, appeared to be explaining how to dodge the Football Association third-party rule. The 61-year-old subsequently quit his role after 67 days - leading the Three Lions to just a single game and yet to debut at home.

While many may criticise the former Bolton coach for this debacle, it is very clear he did pretty much better when compared to some other managers who had an even shorter stint. Here are eight of these coaches.

Leroy Rosenior - Torquay (2007, 10 minutes)

Leroy Rosenior holds the record of the shortest managerial spell in football history. The 52-year-old former Fulham and West Ham striker returned for his third stint in charge of Torquay United, a club currently in the fifth tier of English football and then got fired 10 minutes after his appointment. This was because Rosenior's appointment came minutes before the club confirmed that it had been bought by a local consortium who had another coach in mind.

Marcelo Bielsa - Lazio (2016, two days)

It took Marcelo Bielsa just 48 hours before terminating his contract with Italian giants, Lazio due to the club's lack of activity in the transfer market.

"It had been decided and made clear... that reinforcements were necessary, taking into account the departure of 18 players from last season," Bielsa said. "It was agreed, as an essential condition to the implementation of the work program, that we would sign at least four footballers before July 5, with the aim that they would participate in pre-season training. To this date, not one player has been signed."

Dave Basset - Crystal Palace (1984, four days)

Dave Basset for over two decades, held the record of the shortest managerial reign in English football before Resonior showed up. Basset had accepted to take charge at Crystal Palace but remarkably changed his mind within 72 hours, refused to sign the contract at Selhurst Park, and returned to Wimbledon.

 "I gave it some serious thought, but in the end it just did not feel right. We have unfinished business, and I didn't really want to leave here," said Basset who later took charge at the club about 10 years after.

Paul Hart - QPR (2010, 28 days)

On 17 December 2009, Hart was appointed manager of Queens Park Rangers following the exit of Jim Magilton the previous day, with Mick Harford joining him as assistant manager. Shockingly on 15 January 2010, after only five games in charge, Hart left the club, with his assistant Mick Harford taking temporary charge.

Steve Coppell - Manchester City (1996, 33 days)

Steve Coppell arrived Manchester City after two successful spells at Crystal Palace. Much was expected from the 61-year-old who surprisingly threw in the towel after only six games and 33 days in charge. The former England international who immediately returned to Palace cited the pressure of the job as his reason for leaving the club.

Paul Gascoigne - Kettering (2005, 39 days)

Paul Gascoigne is famous for the manner he reacted in tears after receiving a yellow card in the semi-final against West Germany at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. However, the former Lazio man also had one of the weirdest stint as coach with Conference North club, Kettering Town. Gascoigne paid the ultimate price for a series of bad results by getting the sack while the club owners claimed he had alcohol problems.

Brian Clough - Leeds United (1974, 44 days)

Clough held serious dislike with the cynicism with which Leeds won their titles before he joined and as such the players would not play for him.

"Little did I realise the extent of the dislike and resentment - if not downright hatred - waiting for me at Elland Road," Clough wrote in his first autobiography. One win from his six games. He later admitted support from the Leeds squad never came and after his resignation came that infamous television appearance alongside the ex-Leeds boss Don Revie.

Michael Appleton - Blackpool (2013, 65 days)

Among all managers listed, only Michael Appleton's reign in charge of Blackburn in 2013 came close to Allardyce's record with the pair just two days apart. The ex-West Brom coach at least had managed more games than Allardyce after overseeing 11 before unceremoniously stepping down.
Toby Prince

If the sport has 11-men on each side, a ball and lasts for 90 minutes then I'll write about it. Simply put, I'm an unrepentant soccer freak that other freaks will, however, call a geek. I do find time for music when not watching the beautiful game, though and have been known to produce the odd track. 

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