Which football managers have been sacked this season?

FT Desk
FT Desk

  • 18 Dec 2022 21:19 GMT
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Bruno Labbadia

Being a soccer manager is not the best career choice if you want job security. Indeed, football coaches are sacked on a regular basis as clubs make changes in order to try and achieve and maintain success.

Across Europe’s top leagues and beyond, head coaches come and go frequently throughout the season, with the length of a manager’s stint getting shorter and shorter.

In fact, the next manager to be sacked is a vital part of football transfer news, as the impact of a managerial change can often make a huge difference both on and off the pitch.

European Golden Shoe 2022/23

The 2022-23 season is now in a mid-season break in many countries following the World Cup and we have seen a number of managerial casualties throughout the campaign.

Below, FootballTransfers runs through every manager in Europe’s top five leagues who have left their posts this campaign.

Sacked/departed Premier League managers in 2022-23

Manager Club Sack date
Scott Parker Bournemouth August 30
Thomas Tuchel Chelsea September 7
Graham Potter Brighton September 8
Bruno Lage Wolves October 2
Steven Gerrard Aston Villa October 20
Ralph Hasenhuttl Southampton November 7

Scott Parker became the first manager to be sacked in the Premier League in 2022-23 as he was given his marching orders on August 30. This followed a dismal start to the season in which the newly-promoted team conceded 16 goals in three games, including a 9-0 defeat at Anfield against Liverpool.

Scott Parker was sacked by Bournemouth on August 30

Scott Parker was sacked by Bournemouth on August 30

Parker was replaced by Gary O’Neil, who was permanently appointed until 2024 in November.

The first high-profile manager to be sacked was Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel on September 7. Just 15 months after winning the Champions League, the German was sent packing after losing three of the first seven games of the season. He was replaced by Brighton’s Graham Potter, who was himself suceeded at Falmer Stadium by former Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk manager Roberto De Zerbi.

Tuchel lost his job on September 7

Tuchel lost his job on September 7

Wolves’ Bruno Lage was the next to get the chop on October 2 after his team fell into the relegation zone. He was replaced by Julen Lopetegui.

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Steven Gerrard received his marching orders on October 20 after a poor start to the season with Aston Villa. He was replaced by former Arsenal boss Unai Emery.

Ralph Hasenhuttl was under pressure at Southampton for many months before he was finally sacked on November 7.

In the 2021-22 season, 10 managers were sacked in the Premier League, including Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Roy Hodgson, Marcelo Bielsa and Sean Dyche.

Sacked/departed La Liga managers in 2022-23

Manager Club Sack date
Francisco Elche October 4
Julen Lopetegui Sevilla October 5
Unai Emery Villarreal October 24
Eduardo Coudet Celta November 2
Jorge Almiron Elche November 7

The first manager to be sacked in La Liga in 2022-23 was Francisco as his Elche side found themselves bottom of the table at the start of October.

Francisco Rodriguez was next to go, having been sacked by Elche with the club winless after seven matches and sitting bottom of the table. He was replaced by Jorge Almiron.

A day later, Julen Lopetegui was given the sack by Sevilla – just over two years after winning the Europa League. Jorge Sampaoli took his place.

Unai Emery left his job at Villarreal on October 24 in order to take the vacant post at Aston Villa. He was succeeded by Quique Setien.

Eduardo Coudet was sacked by Celta Vigo at the start of November and replaced by Carlos Carvalhal.

Jorge Almiron was sacked by Elche before the World Cup break after just three weeks in charge.

In the 2021-22 season, 11 managers were sacked in La Liga, including Ronald Koeman losing his job at Barcelona.

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Sacked/departed Serie A managers in 2022-23

Manager Club Sack date
Sinisa Mihajlovic Bologna September 6
Giovanni Stroppa Monza September 13
Marco Giampaolo Sampdoria October 2
Gabriele Cioffi Verona October 11
Salvatore Bocchetti Verona December 4

Sinisa Mihajlovic was the first manager to be sacked in Serie A on September 6 as Bologna found themselves only one point above the drop. He was replaced by ex-Inter and PSG midfielder Thiago Motta.

Sinisa Mihajlovic was the first manager to be sacked in Serie A in 2022-23

Sinisa Mihajlovic was the first manager to be sacked in Serie A in 2022-23

The second manager to go was Giovanni Stroppa, who was sacked by Monza owner Silvio Berlusconi after the team earned just one point from the first six games. He was replaced by rookie Raffaele Palladino.

Sampdoria were in takeover talks in the early weeks of the season and manager Marco Giampaolo was dismissed on October 2 after taking two points from their first eight games. He was replaced by former Inter midfielder Dejan Stankovic.

The next to get the sack was Verona manager Gabriele Cioffi on October 11, as they sat in the relegation zone. He was replaced by Salvatore Bocchetti, who himself was demoted to assistant coach after a poor run of results on December 4. Bocchetti was succeeded in the head coach role by Marco Zaffaroni.

In the 2021-22 season, 10 managers were sacked in Serie A, including Walter Mazzarri and Andriy Shevchenko.

Sacked/departed Bundesliga managers in 2022-23

Manager Club Sack date
Domenico Tedesco RB Leipzig September 7
Thomas Reis Bochum September 12
Gerardo Seoane Bayer Leverkusen October 5
Pellegrino Matarazzo Stuttgart October 10
Frank Kramer Schalke October 19

Domenico Tedesco was the first Bundesliga manager to be sacked on September 7 after Leipzig won only one of their first five games of the league season, also losing their opening Champions League match to Shakhtar. He was replaced by Marco Rose.

Domenico Tedesco was the first Bundesliga manager to lose his job

Domenico Tedesco was the first Bundesliga manager to lose his job

He was followed by Thomas Reis, who was relieved of his duties by Bochum with the team losing six out of six Bundesliga games to start the season. Reis was permanently replaced by former Vitesse Arnhem coach Thomas Letsch.

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The next coach to go was on October 5 as Gerardo Seoane was sacked by struggling Bayer Leverkusen and replaced by former midfielder Xabi Alonso.

Pellegrino Matarazzo was the next to get axed on October 10 by Stuttgart. He was eventually replaced by Bruno Labbadia on December 5.

October proved to be a bad month for sackings in Germany as Frank Kramer was handed his marching orders on October 19 with Schalke in penultimate place. Thomas Reis took his place.

Five Bundesliga managers were sacked in the 2021-22 season, including Mark Van Bommel and Jesse Marsch.

Sacked/departed Ligue 1 managers in 2022-23

Manager Club Sack date
Peter Bosz Lyon October 9
Michel Der Zakarian Brest October 11
Jean-Marc Furlan Auxerre October 11
Oscar Garcia Reims October 13
Oliver Dall’Oglio Montpellier October 17
Gerard Baticle Angers November 4
Bruno Irles Troyes November 8

Peter Bosz became the first Ligue 1 coach of the season to be sacked on October 9 after a bad start to the season. He was replaced by former PSG coach Laurent Blanc.

Bosz was followed to days later by Michel Der Zakarian and Jean-Marc Furlan, who left Brest and Auxerre respectively.

Peter Bosz was the first Ligue 1 manager to go this season

Peter Bosz was the first Ligue 1 manager to go this season

The flurry of Ligue 1 coaches being sacked in October continued shortly after as Oscar Garcia was booted by Reims and Oliver Dall’Oglio by Montpellier.

Gerard Baticle resigned on November 4 with Angers bottom of Ligue 1, with Bruno Irles becoming the last Ligue 1 manager to go before the World Cup when he was saked by Troyes on November 8. Irles was replaced by Patrick Kisnorbo.

The 2021-22 season saw only four Ligue 1 managers sacked from their post, including Claude Puel and Niko Kovac.

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