Last year’s Premier League winners are on a downward spiral this season and the ownership seems fed up. Following a defeat to Sevilla in Champions League, Leicester City decided to let go of the manager who won them their only Premier League title. Claudio Ranieri leaves Leicester one point clear from relegation. Ranieri’s dismissal makes him the 5th straight Premier League winning coach to lose his job within a year of reaching glory. United’s Sir Alex Ferguson retirement in 2013 makes him the only manager on the list to leave voluntarily. Apart from him, every other manager was sacked during the following season or a year after they won
Back in 2012, Manchester City ended their Premier League-title drought. Aguero’s last minute winner snatched the league from United in, literally, the last seconds of the year. However, failure to make a step forward in Champions League cost Roberto Mancini his job. City sacked the Italian manager exactly a year after their Premier League title. They brought in Manuel Pellegrini to take over and bring along some of his magic.
United quickly responded to City’s challenge and won back the league the following season. However, City retaliated and Pellegrini lead the team to their second title in three years. The team took a massive step in their Champions League aspirations when they qualified out of the group stage but were halted by inspiring performances by Lionel Messi and Barcelona in back to back seasons.
On December 20th, 2015, then Bayern manager Pep Guardiola announced that he would not re-sign with Bayern. Just like in 2013 when Pep announced he was ready to coach again, almost every big team in Europe were desperate to bring him in. On this occasion, it was City who won the lottery. The club forced Pellegrini out to make room for Guardiola despite the team reaching the Champions League semi finals. An unmotivated Pellegrini failed to motivate a beaten Man City at the end of the season.
Last but not least, we have the great Jose Mourinho who was humiliated last season at Chelsea. His Chelsea side put on one of the worst campaigns for a defending champion in Premier League history. The portuguese manager was fired before the new year after a string of embarrassing results.
As greatly entertaining as the Premier League is for the fans and players, it’s a hell hole for the managers. Owners simply have no patience in building a long term process with their managers and expect immediate results. There’s been a growing obsession towards winning a Champions League despite the evident decline of English teams in European competitions in recent years. Of the last five managers mentioned, only Mourinho and Ranieri have left their team’s out of Europe spots before being sacked. Pellegrini even took City to the Champions League semi final where Real Madrid squeaked by thanks to a deflected goal.
Raineri sacked 😔
The Premier League has no integrity and is fuelled purely by greed & prestige!
Best league in the world?
You can have it
— Tony Taylor® (@Tad690) February 23, 2017
Chelsea is running away with the league this year and will return to Champions League next season. It’ll be interesting to see just how patient the team is with Antonio Conte if he fails to repeat next season. Hard to imagine a league winning manager being fired the following season just because the team isn’t winning…. right?