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English football set to break record number of sackings in one season


Crystal Palace’s English manager Neil Warnock speaks with West Bromwich Albion’s Scottish Head Coach Alan Irvine (R) before the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, central England, on October 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF,OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

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Thanks to the sackings of Neil Warnock and Alan Irvine, English football is on pace to have a record number of managers dismissed in one season.

The League Managers Association (LMA) released its quarterly report, which details all managerial movements throughout England’s top-four tiers of football, compiling data from the start of the season to December 31, 2014.

You can read the full report here.

Through December 31st, 27 managers had been sacked in the top-four flights, breaking the record of 24 set last year.

The record for an entire season is 46, which was set in 2006-07.

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The Premier League has only seen two dismissals through the new year, down from six last season. However, the Championship has seen an astounding 12 managers sacked on the season, which accounts for exactly half of the league’s 24 teams. This has already eclipsed the 10 Championship sackings that happened all of last season.

Right now, the average tenure for managers in the Championship is an abysmal 0.82 years. With so much pressure to reach the Premier League and stay out of the depths of League One, the managerial carousel has been going round-and-round.

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In the Premier League, Arsene Wenger’s 18+ years at Arsenal make him far and away the most tenured manager. Compare that with Sam Allardyce, whose 3.5 years in charge at West Ham place him as the second-longest serving manager in England’s top flight.

Take a look through the LMA’s report, as the statistics will open your eyes to the unpredictability of a manger’s future.