List of Shortest serving Premiership managers | Fewest games before being sacked as manager (permanent)

By Soccer Blog | Sep 11, 2017

Edit– Nathan Jones has been sacked by Southampton on 12 February, 2023 after just eight league games in charge of Saints in the 2022/23 Premier League season. He is a new entrant on the list.

Crystal Palace have sacked Frank de Boer on September 11, 2017 after the Eagles failed to take even a single point from their opening four fixtures of the 2017/18 league season. The Dutchman was hired by Steve Parish on a three year contract with an aim to change their playing style, but he has now been shown the door after just 77 days at Selhurst Park.

Which Premiership manager had the fewest games before being sacked?

The holder of this record is now De Boer, who has been sacked after just four games in charge of Crystal Palace. The record was previously held by Charlton’s Les Reed.

De Boer’s previous managerial assignment, with Inter Milan, lasted just 85 days.

De Boer is also the first permanent PL manager not to have his team score even a single league goal in his tenure.

De Boer’s four league games at Crystal Palace (Results)

Palace 0-3 Huddersfield
Liverpool 1-0 Palace
Crystal Palace 0-2 Swansea
Burnley 1-0 Palace

His only win was in a Cup fixture against Ipswich, which Palace won 2-1.

List of Premiership managers with shortest reigns

Frank de Boer (Crystal Palace 2017- 4)
Les Reed (Charlton Athletic 2006 – 7)
Nathan Jones (Southampton 2022 – 8)
Paul Sturrock (Southampton 2004- 9)
Nuno Espirito Santo (Tottenham 2021- 10)
Bob Bradley (Swansea City 2016- 11)
Sammy Lee (Bolton Wanderers 2007- 11)
Jacques Santini (Tottenham 2004- 11)

Frank de Boer

Roy Hodgson is now expected to take charge at Palace, and his first four league games will be two at home to Huddersfield and Chelsea and two away to Man Utd and Man City.

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