Filed: Monday, 23rd November 2015
By: Staff Writer
Only four Premier League clubs have dismissed more managers than West Ham since the inception of the Premier League, it has been revealed.
Having managed with just five managers in the club's first 87 years, it may be a surprise to some Hammers fans to discover that the club have parted company with more managers than anyone but Chelsea (11), Tottenham (10), Manchester City (8) and Liverpool (7) since 1992.
And West Ham's most recent dismissal, Sam Allardyce who officially departed "by mutual consent" at the end of last season has been fired three times - more than any other manager in the Premier League with the exception of Peter Reid, who was shown the door by Man City, Sunderland and Leeds.
Here's the full list of those who were given the heave-ho by Terry Brown, Eggert Magnusson and David Sullivan...
Harry Redknapp (1994-2001): Chairman Terry Brown lost patience with Redknapp due to his demands for further transfer funds at the end of the 2000/2001 season. He was fired in June 2001 having been called to a meeting at which he was expecting to discuss a new contract.
Glenn Roeder (2001-2003): Hammers fans were hugely underwhelmed when the inexperienced Roeder replaced Redknapp in May 2001. In August 2003 he was fired after a poor start to the Championship campaign, after his side had been relegated from the Premiership with a record points tally of 42 the season before.
Alan Pardew (2003-2006): Signed by West Ham following a spell on gardening leave due to the circumstances behind his departure from Reading, 'Pards' was under intensive pressure during the first few months of his reign before turning it around. He returned West Ham to the Premiership via the play-offs in 2005 but was fired following the club's worst sequence of defeats in more than 70 years by the club's new Icelandic owners.
Gianfranco Zola (2008-2010): Signed on the cheap as replacement for Alan Curbishley, the only manager to buck the trend since the turn of the century, Zola enjoyed a productive first season finishing ninth in the Premier League. However he was fired by incoming owners Sullivan & Gold after his team stayed up by the skin of their teeth the following season, having gathered just 35 points.
Avram Grant (2010-2011): At the club for just one season, Grant may have won the Champions League with Chelsea but he was a poor choice for West Ham and his increasingly erratic beaviour - like taking naps during training sessions at Chadwell Heath - led to his removal from the post after West Ham were relegated at Wigan, having finished bottom of the Premier League.
Sam Allardyce (2011-2015): A contentious inclusion as he officially left the club by mutual consent, but Allardyce was essentially given no choice but to go after it was made quite clear that the club's owners had lost patience with his unadventurous style of play and deadful run of form prior to his departure.
* All images courtesy of the Betway Insider Blog.
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