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Five biggest managerial flops in English Premier League

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A look at managerial disappointments in Premier League

Premier League is one of the best leagues in football, and for obvious reasons, it has been home to the top managerial talent over the years.

In its existence, the top-tier of English football has made or broke some managerial careers. In this feature, we take a look at our picks for the five biggest managerial flops in the Premier League.

Frank de Boer – Crystal Palace

Frank de Boer won many plaudits during his playing days, at both club and international levels. He also made an impressive start to his managerial career with Ajax as he led them to four consecutive league titles. This was followed by an uninspiring spell at Inter Milan where he didn’t last for a season. He joined Crystal Palace in the summer of 2017, and it was considered a coup for the Eagles. However, the move to Premier League proved to be a disaster for him as he was sacked in ten weeks, without a win in Premier League.

Tony Adams – Portsmouth

The former English center-back is a Premier League legend, having won the top division title on four occasions. However, when it comes to management, Adams couldn’t last a year in the Premier League. He was given reins of the struggling Pompey side in October 2008. He departed in February 2009, with only fours wins in 22 games in charge of the South Coast side.

Juande Ramos – Tottenham

The Spaniard has managed some big clubs such as Sevilla and Real Madrid in his career. However, his spell at Tottenham could only be described as a failure, even though he led them to League Cup success in 2008. Spurs made their worst ever start to a league campaign in 2008-09, and the Spaniard was let go with less than a year in his job.

Luiz Felipe Scolari – Chelsea

Scolari became the first World Cup winning manager to work in Premier League when he joined the Blues in the summer of 2008. However, he failed to replicate his success in England. He was let go by the West London club on 9th February 2009. He lasted little more than seven months in Premier League.

Andre Villas-Boas – Chelsea

The Portuguese was another big-name manager who failed to last ]a year in the high-pressure Chelsea job. He was sacked in February 2012, with the Blues sitting outside the top four. He joined Spurs later and enjoyed a successful season in 2012-13. However, his second season in charge of the North London side was less than successful, and he departed in December 2013 with Spurs occupying the seventh spot.

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