Claudio Ranieri equals Jose Mourinho and Mark Hughes as the most sacked managers in the premier league with 4 dismissals. (Photo credit: G...
|Claudio Ranieri equals Jose Mourinho and Mark Hughes as the most sacked managers in the premier league with 4 dismissals. (Photo credit: Getty Images)|
Records are beautiful, the rush of blood and goosebumps that hit the skin when commentators reel out certain stats offer some level of fulfilments but there are some records you don’t want to be associated with.
Claudio Ranieri was behind one of the most extraordinary feats in club management when he led Leicester City to a premier league title in 2015 but he has a new record with his sacking at Watford drawing him level with Jose Mourinho and Mark Hughes as the most sacked managers in EPL history.
That’s one he certainly won’t update on his LinkedIn profile but it is what it is. Watford parted ways with the former Chelsea and Inter Milan man after an embarrassing 3-0 loss to Norwich, a result that dragged the Hornets into the bottom 3 and lifted out the Canaries for the first time since August.
Mark Hughes was sacked four times in his EPL coaching career with QPR and Manchester City fresh in the mind but he’d look back at what the Citizens have achieved without him and feel good that it was the right decision.
Chelsea sacked Mourinho twice and his sojourn at Manchester United and Tottenham ended in tears respectively but it was revealed recently that the Portuguese pocketed mega million bucks as severance payment for his troubles.
Of course, all three went in knowing this would likely happen – Notably Ranieri at Watford and Mourinho at Chelsea. The sack is as much a part of a Premier League manager's life as monogrammed training-wear or ranting at the fourth official. This is the story of sackings in the Premier League era.