Shortest managerial reigns in Premier League history with Nuno sitting in 12th

Nuno Espirito Santo lasted just 123 days in charge of Tottenham Hotspur before being sacked on Monday morning with the club in eighth place in the table.

In total, he took charge of just 10 league matches during his four month reign as manager, but only ranks 12th among the Premier League's shortest managerial reigns.

Nuno's spell as Spurs boss, in fact, lasted over 80 days longer than the league's shortest ever managerial stint and was 16 days too long for a spot in the top 10.

So, here are the 11 managerial reigns even shorter than Nuno's brief spell as Spurs boss.

11. Pepe Mel, West Bromwich Albion – 120 days

Spanish gaffer oversaw the final 17 matches of the 2013/14 season at West Bromwich Albion after he replaced Steve Clarke as manager.

However, he won just three matches in the league and was sacked at the end of the campaign as the Baggies finished 17th, beating the drop by just three points.

The former Real Betis boss did not impress supporters with his style of play and also had to deal with several off-field issues during his tenure.

Nicolas Anelka was sacked for gross misconduct after his 'quenelle' celebration and there was also a dressing room fight between Saido Berahino and James Morrison.

10. Steve Wigley, Southampton – 107 days

Southampton promoted Steve Wigley from his role as a youth team coach to replace Paul Sturrock two games into the 2004/05 season.

His only previous managerial came during the 1990s at non-league side Aldershot but fans welcome his appointment following rumours Glenn Hoddle was also in the running for the role.

Despite a memorable win over rivals Portsmouth, Wigley was sacked before Christmas after 14 matches in charge and replaced by Harry Redknapp as the Saints went on to get relegated.

9. Claudio Ranieri, Fulham – 106 days

One of three managers Fulham had during the 2018/19 season, Claudio Ranieri won just three of his 16 matches in charge of the Cottagers.

Fans failed to get on board with his basic playing style and his squad rotation approach to team selection, with regular chants calling for him to be sacked.

Like Mel, Ranieri had to deal with unhelpful antics from his players as Aboubakar Kamara and Aleksandar Mitrovic reportedly brawled during a team yoga session.

He was dismissed after three and a half months in charge with Fulham 10 points from safety with 10 games left of the season.

8. Tony Adams, Portsmouth – 106 days

Another inexperienced manager, Tony Adams only had a short spell as manager of Wycombe Wanderers when he was chosen to replace Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth in October 2008.

The January sales of key men Jermain Defoe and Lassana Diarra made things harder for Adams as he juggled the UEFA Cup and the league.

A memorable home draw with AC Milan in Europe was the high point of his tenure, which lasted just 16 league matches.

Of these games, he won just two and left the club in early February, with Pompey lying in just three points above the bottom three.

7. Colin Todd, Derby County – 98 days

Derby County were deep in relegation trouble when Colin Todd was selected as Jim Smith's replacement in October 2002 with the club second bottom and five points from safety.

The squad was also disrupted by media reports linking a number of key players with moves away from the club.

By January, Todd had done little to remove the loom of relegation to the second tier and was sacked following an FA Cup defeat to fourth division Bristol Rovers.

6. Terry Connor, Wolverhampton Wanderers – 91 days

Terry Connor stepped up from his role as assistant manager when Mick McCarthy was sacked by Wolves in February 2012.

He oversaw the final 13 matches of the season, but could only pick up four points from a possible 39 as the club were relegated after three seasons in the top flight.

Wolves ended the season bottom of the table, finishing on 25 points, their worst ever tally in any division.

Connor returned to his role as assistant in the summer before leaving a few months later to become McCarthy's assistant at Ipswich Town.

5. Quique Sanchez Flores, Watford – 86 days

Spanish boss Quique Sanchez Flores returned for a second spell as Watford manager in September 2019 having taken charge of their first season back in the top flight.

He had been replaced at the end of that season despite a respectable mid-table finish but did not last until May in his second spell.

Flores was gone before Christmas as the club picked up just one win in his 10 league matches in charge, a 2-0 win away to fellow strugglers Norwich City.

A defeat in a six-pointer against Southampton proved to be his final match in charge, while the Hornets also lost 8-0 to Manchester City during his tenure.

4. Bob Bradley, Swansea City – 84 days

Bob Bradley was described as a "long-term appointment" by chairman Huw Jenkins when he landed the Swansea City role in October 2016.

However, despite also saying he would "stabilise matters on and off the pitch", Jenkins dismissed Bradley after just 11 matches in charge.

In his time in charge, the struggling Swans managed to keep just two clean sheets as they collected eight points from the 33 available.

29 goals were conceded under Bradley, who was the second of three managers Swansea had during a season that ended with them in 15th place.

3. Frank de Boer, Crystal Palace – 77 days

Crystal Palace made an abysmal start to the 2017/18 season under newly appointed Dutch manager Frank de Boer as they lost their first four matches without scoring a single goal.

De Boer's attempts to implement a new, more attractive style of football following Sam Allardyce's reign failed as he lasted just 77 days in charge.

His replacement Roy Hodgson steadied the ship and went on to keep Palace up before spending another three seasons in charge at Selhurst Park.

De Boer's failed spell at Palace came after he had lasted just 85 days in charge of Italian giants Inter Milan the season before.

2. Rene Meulensteen, Fulham – 75 days

Another Dutchman and the second Fulham manager in the top 10, Rene Meulensteen was unable to emulate his success as an assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson in the dugout at Craven Cottage.

Prior to becoming Fulham boss, he had endured a poor stint in Denmark as manager of Brondby where he is remembered for asking players to "find their spirit animal".

At Fulham, he won just three of his 13 matches in charge as Fulham struggled during the 2013/14 season and he was replaced by Felix Magath after a little over two months as boss.

1. Les Reed, Charlton Athletic – 41 days

Despite writing 'The Official FA Guide to Basic Team Coaching', Les Reed is not well remembered in Premier League history for his six-week spell as Charlton Athletic boss.

The media nicknamed Reed 'Les Miserables' during his time as Addicks boss as he picked up just one win in the league and saw his side dumped out the League Cup by Wycombe.

He was sacked on Christmas Eve in 2006 with Charlton second bottom and staring relegation in the face having scored just four goals in Reed's seven matches in charge.

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