Premier League manager sackings: record number of managerial sackings in a season, how 2022/23 compares

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The likes of Graham Potter, Brendan Rodgers and Patrick Vieira have all been sacked this season

The Premier League is one of the most competitive divisions in world football and managers are under pressure and scrutiny to perform from the very first game of the season.

The stakes are high at every end of the Premier League table from the title race to the battle to avoid the drop and clubs are constantly changing and evolving to try and gain or maintain success.

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So far this campaign, the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Patrick Vieira and most recently Graham Potter have all been sacked.

How many Premier League managerial sackings have there been this season?

11 of the 20 managers who started this season have been sacked and a total of 12 managerial sackings have taken place over the course of the campaign.

The majority of the sackings this season have come from teams near the bottom of the Premier League table with eight of the bottom 10 teams changing managers on at least one occasion.

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Staying in the top-flight means a great deal to teams due to the financial incentives of the Premier League and many teams will do whatever it takes to try and stay in the promised land.

Relegation strugglers Southampton are a prime example of this and The Saints are currently on their third manager of the season after sacking both Ralph Hassenhuttl and Nathan Jones.

Nathan Jones was the eighth manager to lose his job this season. (Getty Images)Nathan Jones was the eighth manager to lose his job this season. (Getty Images)
Nathan Jones was the eighth manager to lose his job this season. (Getty Images) | Getty Images

Teams at the top end of the table are not immune to sacking their managers either and Chelsea are also searching for their third managerial appointment of the season after sacking Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter. Tottenham also chose to dismiss Antonio Conte in March, despite the club being fourth in the league at the time of his departure. Early exits in the Champions League to AC Milan and a disappointing cup exit to Championship side Sheffield United all proved to be contributing factors to his dismissal.

Scott Parker of Bournemouth was the first managerial departure of this season, he was sacked after just four Premier League games. The 42-year-old won promotion with The Cherries just three months prior to his dismissal.

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Here are a full list of all the managerial departures during the 2022/23 season and when they took place.

  • Scott Parker: Bournemouth - 30 August
  • Thomas Tuchel: Chelsea - 7 September
  • Bruno Lage: Wolves - 2 October
  • Steven Gerrard: Aston Villa - 21 October
  • Ralph Hasenhuttl: Southampton - 7 November
  • Frank Lampard: Everton - 23 January
  • Jesse Marsch: Leeds - 6 February
  • Nathan Jones: Southampton - 12 February
  • Patrick Vieira: Crystal Palace - 17 March
  • Antonio Conte: Tottenham - 26 March
  • Brendan Rodgers: Leicester City - 2 April
  • Graham Potter: Chelsea - 2 April

What is the record number of sackings in the Premier League season?

The 2022/23 campaign has been a turbulent year for many Premier League clubs and managers and it has now broken the record for most sackings in a season with 12.

The previous record for sackings in a Premier League season was 10 and that has been equalled four times in Premier League history.

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There were a total of 10 managerial departures during the 2008/09, 2013/14 , 2017/18 and 2021/22 seasons.

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What is the lowest number of sackings in a Premier League season?

Premier League was first formed in 1992 and over the last 31 years there has generally been an increase in managerial sackings per season.

During the 1992/93 Premier League season, just two sackings took place in the entirety of the campaign. That record was then beaten three years later in 1995/96 with only one manager losing their job in the entire season.

While joint manager with Colin Todd, Roy McFarland of Bolton Wanderers was the only manager to be shown the door in January 1996 after 22 games. Joint manager Todd was later appointed the full manager until the remainder of the season.

Which manager has been sacked the most during the Premier League era?

Three managers currently hold the unwanted record of being sacked four times by Premier League clubs and two of those managers are former title winners.

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Three time Premier League winner Jose Mourinho has been fired twice by Chelsea and once by Manchester United and Tottenham.

Claudio Ranieri, also a title winner with Leicester City has been sacked by four different clubs, these are Chelsea, Leicester, Fulham and Watford.

Bradford City boss Mark Hughes has also been dismissed by four Premier League clubs over the course of his career these are: Manchester City, QPR, Stoke City and Southampton.

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