Managers Ins and Outs – 2016/17 – Premier League and Championship

Written by Luke Evans

So far this season, there’s been one sacking from the Premier League and three from the Championship. So I’ve decided to do a: “managers ins and outs from the Premier League and the Championship.” Hope you enjoy

Aston Villa – Roberto Di Matteo

Di Matteo was brought in by Dr Tony Xia in June. He was brought in by Villa for a fight-back to the Premier League. However, a big summer spend didn’t bring results in August, September and October, costing Di Matteo his job. He left Villa occupying in 19th position in the Championship making Dr Tony Xia sack him.

Former Wigan, Sunderland and Hull boss, Steve Bruce was Di Matteo’s successor at Villa Park. However, Steve Bruce took charge of his first game at Villa Park, drawing 1-1 to Wolves at Villa Park.

Cardiff City – Paul Trollope

Cardiff sacked Paul Trollope earlier this month after only winning 2 games from 11, making Cardiff occupy 22nd place in the Championship.

Trollope, who was sacked earlier this month, left a coaching role with Wales to join Cardiff in the summer.

However, a lack of consistency, a lack of wins, cost Trollope his job at Cardiff.

Cardiff brought in experienced manager Neil Warnock, and got to a winning start, beating Bristol City 2-1 on Friday.

Warnock and the Cardiff board will all be hoping to push for the Play-offs come May.


Derby County – Nigel Pearson

Derby brought Nigel Pearson to the IPRO Stadium in August, hoping for promotion back to the Premier League in May. However a lack of goals and losing to teams they should beat, cost Pearson his job.

Derby soon appointed former manager Steve McClaren a week after Pearson’s sacking. However, McClaren has had a good start at Derby, beating Leeds United 1-0 at home. Derby fans will be hoping for more good results to put them in the promotion battle come May.

Swansea – Franseco Guidolin

Guidolin was appointed Swansea manager last-season following Gary Monks sacking from the Liberty Stadium last-season. Guidolin’s objective was to secure Premier League football for the 16/17 season, which he did, and got to stay as Swansea manager. However, a poor start to 16/17 cost Guidolin his job at Swansea.

American manager, Bob Bradley, was brought in to succeed Guidolin as Swansea manager. However, Bradley took his first game in-charge against Arsenal, which he lost 3-2 at the Emirates on Saturday.

In my opinion, Championship managers get sacked really early, and you can understand why. A team like Villa, who have spent millions of pounds, should be fighting with Newcastle, Norwich and Sheffield Wednesday, but not winning in 13 should, and will lead to your sacking.

I think the clubs who have sacked their managers have found really good successors. Steve Bruce to Villa is a really good appointment because Bruce is experienced in the Championship and will bring Villa up come May. You could say that McClaren is a bad appointment, however, he has unfinished bussines with Derby, and could bring them up come May. Neil Warnock has a lot of experience in the Champinship. He brought QPR up a couple of seasons ago, and did a great job keeping Rotherham up in the last hurdle of the season last-season.

Do you think Nigel Pearson, Di Matteo and Guidolin deserved the sack, comment below. The next Ins and outs will be League 1, League 2 and the conference.

featured image by Ben Sutherland