198 Sackings in four years - Is any manager safe?

Leeds manager Steve Evans looks dejected

Last season there was a record 58 manager dismissals in the professional leagues of English football.

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade celebrates after the match

Since the 2012-13 season there have been 198 managerial sackings across England's top four divisions. 

As reported by BBC Sport, the current average managerial spell in English football is just 1.29 years - with an extra 400 professional coaches also losing their jobs as a result of the 'hire and fire culture' that permeates the Premier League, Championship and Leagues One and Two. 

The fiercely competitive Championship is where most managers lose their job.

There have been 69 sackings in England's second flight since the 2012-13 season, compared to 38 in the Premier League, 48 in League One and 43 in League Two - possibly due to the intense pressure and desire from club owners to achieve the financial dream of Premier League status. 

Queens Park Rangers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

This season alone has seen seven Championship dismissals already. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Queens Park Rangers), Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic), Walter Zenga and Kenny Jackett (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Alan Stubbs (Rotherham), Paul Trollope (Cardiff City) and Roberto Di Matteo (Aston Villa) have all left their posts during the 2016-17 campaign.

Wolves Manager Walter Zenga

Nottingham Forest, Villa and Wolves are amongst the most prolific Championship clubs in terms of managerial turnover; the latter are already on their third manager of the season, having sacked Jackett and Zenga in recent months.

Forest have seen Sean O'Driscoll, Alex McLeish, Billy Davies, Stuart Pearce and Dougie Freedman all arrive and depart in their recent attempts to reach the promised land, and conversely, Aston Villa's five managers in four years has seen instability manifesting itself in the form of Premier League relegation. 

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman looks dejected at the end of the game

However, it is their divisional counterparts, Leeds United, League One side Charlton Athletic and League Two's Leyton Orient who have been the most trigger happy since 2012-13.

Leeds - the club perhaps most synonymous with the Championship managerial merry-go-round - have sacked six managers in recent times, with most coming under the tutelage of Italian owner Massimo Cellino.

Particular Cellino highlights include Brian McDermott's 52 days, Dave Hockaday's 70 days and Darko Milanic's 32 days in the Elland Road hot seat.

Leeds United Chairman Massimo Cellino

However, despite the turmoil at the Yorkshire club, it is Charlton who have the most transient home for today's managers. The Addicts have sacked a remarkable seven bosses since 2012-13.

Cause and effect?

The latest incumbent at The Valley, Russell Slade, was dismissed last week having overseen just 21 games at the club.

Significantly, Slade's duration in charge was actually the third longest - with only Bob Peeters and Guy Luzon managing more than Slade's number of games (but neither the Belgian nor the Israeli lasted more than 36 matches).

Compared to 2012-13, Charlton have fallen 15 places in the league ladder and currently languish in 14th position in League One.

Charlton Athletic manager Russell Slade

Aston Villa suffered a long-awaited relegation from the Premier League and, after five managers in four years, now ply their trade in the quagmire of the Championship.

In addition, out of the seven clubs that have sacked five or more managers since the 2012-13 season: Charlton (7), Leeds, Leyton Orient (both 6), Nottingham Forest, Scunthorpe United, Notts County and Hartlepool (all 5), only two sit in a better league position at present.

Namely, Leeds and Scunthorpe - with Leeds' Garry Monk only recently finding form after experiencing increasing pressure earlier in his tenure.

Leeds manager Garry Monk

Leyton Orient have sacked six managers in four seasons, with current boss Alberto Casavin possibly already looking over his shoulder having lost five of his seven games in the O's hot seat. Orient's instability on the managerial front may well have contributed to their monumental drop of 23 league places over those four seasons.

However, not to be outdone by Orient, Hartlepool and Notts County have dropped 26 places and both find themselves battling to remain in the Football League. 

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