Previous success not required… the boomerang bosses who keep coming back
23:41 GMT, 27 March 2012
Much like Claudio Ranieri’s team selections, Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti kept everyone guessing on how much time he was willing to give the Italian at the San Siro.
But on the same day Moratti claimed he expected Ranieri to stay until the end of the season, the former Chelsea boss was sacked following a run of just one league win in 10 games.
For Ranieri it is another job where he has failed despite flashes of promise at the start. Here Sportsmail assesses the 60-year-old and four other managers who have frequently failed to deliver at numerous managerial posts.
Gone: Claudio Ranieri was fired as Inter manager
As far as the ‘nearly men’ go in management, Ranieri is right up there. There is no doubt he has ability, managing nine of Europe’s most respected clubs over a 20 year period highlights that.
Notably at Chelsea between 2000 and 2004 he signed Frank Lampard and made John Terry an established player at the club. Only Avram Grant has bettered his Champions League semi-final appearance for the Blues and Ranieri arguably laid the foundations for their current high-flying status in the Premier League.
But since being sacked by the West London side it’s ended in tears whenever a glory hunting team appoints him.
Following a successful spell in the late-90s, Ranieri returned to Spanish champions Valencia in 2004 but lasted less than a season following the signing of expensive Serie A flops that led to him being sacked after just eight months in charge with the club sixth in La Liga.
But he did have success on his return to management two years later with Parma, by helping them beat relegation from Serie A in 2007.
Juventus poached him that summer, but just like at Chelsea, he was fired two years later after guiding the Bianconeri to distant runners-up behind Inter Milan in the league table.
Got the Blues: Ranieri was fired after failing to bring silverware to Chelsea
Roma snapped him up where again he
finished runners-up to Inter. He was sacked following a poor run of
results the following term.
‘If you can’t beat them join them’,
became Ranieri’s philosophy but after taking over at Inter earlier this
season he struggled badly and leaves the club seven points off Europe in
very fine margins. Ranieri has got extremely close to being a winner of
the Champions League and multiple league titles. Instead all he has on
show is two domestic cups from Italy and Spain won in the last century.
Sven Goran Eriksson
Believe it or not there was a time when Eriksson was regarded as one of the finest coaches in world football.
The Swede had enjoyed 20 relatively successful years as manager by the time he took over at Lazio in 1997 – notably winning the UEFA Cup with Swedish side Gothenburg in 1982, while guiding Benfica to the 1990 European Cup final.
Armed with a blank chequebook, Eriksson had trophies coming in on a conveyor belt at the Rome based club as he secured a league and cup double in 2000 (only the team’s second ever league title), while winning the last European Cup-Winners’ Cup competition in 1999.
No go: Sven-Goran Eriksson failed at Leicester
His success was big enough to persuade
England to hire him as their first foreign manager in 2001. But after
winning 5-1 in Germany, Eriksson’s stock has nosedived.
Three lacklustre quarter-final appearances in major tournaments saw him leave his post in 2006 and join Manchester City a year later.
Despite enjoying a positive season at the club, where he guided them to a UEFA Cup spot and a league double over Manchester United, the owners felt he had underachieved with a high-mid-table finish. Despite fans protesting for him to stay he left the club by mutual consent at the end of the season.
Out: Eriksson left Man City without silverware
Mexico then appointed the 64-year-old
as manager to lead them towards the 2010 World Cup but disastrous
results meant he was sacked before the qualifying campaign was even
Following a spell at
Notts County as Director of Football, Eriksson took charge of Ivory
Coast for the World Cup in South Africa but failed to guide them out of
the group stage.
season he took over at relegation threatened Leicester and easily took
them to mid-table safety. But after a summer spend-up that led to the
Foxes being promotion favourites this term, the Swede left the club
after a disappointing start that left them mid-table and two points off
the play-offs after 13 games.
Up until he took over from Jose Mourinho at Chelsea in 2007, Grant had only been a Director of Football at the Blues, and previously Portsmouth. No one had a clue who he was, despite his background of managing in Israel.
Many expected him to fail badly but although he ended the season without silverware he was remarkably close to sealing a treble.
Hammered: Avram Grant was not given much praise for his time spent at West Ham
Only on the last day of the 2007/08
campaign did Chelsea lose out on the league title to Manchester United,
while the Blues were only a John Terry slip away from defeating the same
side on penalties in the Champions League final.
made it a hat-trick of heartaches by defeating Chelsea in extra time of
the Carling Cup final, but Grant ended the season a widely more
respected manager than when he started.
The 57-year-old was still given the boot by Chelsea though, and he returned to Portsmouth in 2009 to try and help the club beat relegation.
Achievement: However, he did take Chelsea to the Champions League final
Grant always had his hands tied at
the financially stricken club though and Pompey finished bottom of the
Premier League – a miserable season, capped off by defeat to Chelsea in
the FA Cup final.
by two seasons of failure, West Ham appointed him as boss in the summer
of 2010, but the following campaign was to end in disaster as once
again the Israeli steered his side towards the bottom of the table and
relegation from the top flight.
days of managing in the Premier League are over but he is currently
excelling at Partizan Belgrade. The Serbian side are top of the league
having won 17 of their 20 games.
Megson’s managerial career started at Norwich late in the 1994/95 season when he failed to keep the Canaries in the Premier League as caretaker boss.
But following full time but unsuccessful spells at Carrow Road, Blackpool, Stockport and Stoke he then finally built a successful reputation after joining West Brom in 2000.
In just his second full season he earned promotion to the Premier League for the first time in 2002. It ended in relegation but the club bounced back to reclaim their top-flight status at the first time of asking.
Turfed out: Gary Megson was sent packing from his role at Sheffield Wednesday
But his relationship with the board had
become frosty and he was dismissed following a poor start to the 2004/05
season. The former midfielder took over at Nottingham Forest later in
the season but failed to stop the struggling club sinking into League
One for the first time in over 50 years.
The expected promotion campaign for the following season never materialised and he left the club after just 13 months in February 2006 with Forest just four points above the relegation zone.
Megson joined Leicester in September 2007 but was poached just 41 days into his tenure by Bolton who were in deep relegation trouble having sacked Sammy Lee.
Not wanted: Bolton fans called for Megson's exit
The 52-year-old kept Bolton in the
top flight but was sacked two years into his role in December 2009 with
the club third from bottom. Megson later admitted he had a mutual
dislike with Trotters fans.
a years’ break, the former Sheffield Wednesday player took over at
Hillsbrough last season with the club lying mid-table in League One.
term the Owls have become strong challengers for promotion but Megson
was sacked last month despite having just won a local derby against
Sheffield United that left Wednesday in third spot.
McClaren’s talents as a manager have become an enigma in English football. Is he a misunderstood genius or just a wally with a brolly
The answer lies somewhere in-between but he seems to be living off his CV that says ‘England manager’.
The ex-assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United started his managerial career at Middlesbrough in 2001, but despite patchy campaigns in the league, did win the club’s first ever major trophy with the 2004 Carling Cup.
Two years later, Boro reached the UEFA Cup final following a string of miraculous comebacks but flopped in a 4-0 defeat against Sevilla in the final.
Fatal delay: Steve McClaren should have prepared for the Croatia game earlier
Having already been part of Sven Goran Eriksson’s back room staff for England, he was appointed as full-time boss of the national team in 2006 once the Swede departed after the 2006 World Cup.
But his tenure was a disaster as failure to qualify for Euro 2008 meant England missed out on a major tournament for the first time in 14 years and he was sacked a year after taking the role.
The 50-year-old joined Dutch side Twente in the summer of 2008, winning the club’s first ever league title in his second season – an achievement that made him Holland’s manager of the year.
Back: McCLaren is back in charge at FC Twente
But just as quickly as his stock had risen it would begin to fall. McClaren moved to Wolfsburg in May 2010 but was sacked nine months into his tenure with the German club in 12th place having expected a title assault.
It was a similar story at promotion chasing Nottingham Forest this season. McClaren left the club after only 10 games having picked up just eight points, citing broken promises made by the board.
McClaren returned to Twente in January pledging to lead the club on a title charge. After a string of fine results, the club are in third place and just four points off AZ at the top.