Football: England's shortest and longest-serving managers

England football manager Sam Allardyce as he takes part in a press conference at St George's Park, near Burton-on-Trent, central England.
England football manager Sam Allardyce as he takes part in a press conference at St George's Park, near Burton-on-Trent, central England.PHOTO: AFP

The notion that the England football team's hot seat is a poisoned chalice gained further credence when Sam Allardyce was forced to step down just 67 days and one game after landing his "dream job".

Allardyce, 61, was humiliated in a newspaper sting operation when he was secretly filmed giving advice on how to circumnavigate transfer rules and mocking his predecessor Roy Hodgson, among other controversial comments.

Here's a look at the shortest and longest-serving managers to have taken charge of the Three Lions.


Shortest time in the hot seat

1. Sam Allardyce (July to September 2016, 1 game)


England manager Sam Allardyce during training. PHOTO: REUTERS

Of England's 14 permanent managers, Allardyce now holds the dubious distinction of being the one with the shortest reign.

The former Bolton Wanderers, West Ham, Newcastle and Sunderland boss was handed the country's top managerial position after Hodgson resigned in the wake of England's second-round exit to Iceland at Euro 2016.

If it is any consolation, Big Sam is the only England manager to possess a 100 per cent win record, courtesy of a 1-0 win over Slovakia in a 2018 World Cup qualifier earlier this month.

2. Steve McClaren (August 2006 to November 2007, 18 games)


Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren looks dejected. PHOTO: REUTERS

McClaren, the former Middlesbrough manager, was appointed after the Football Association failed in its attempts to convince World Cup-winning Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari to take the job.

But his tenure ended in disaster as England failed to qualify for Euro 2018 - the first time in 24 years that the Three Lions did not make the finals of the quadrennial competition.

The 55-year-old, who also became the subject of ridicule when he was photographed carrying an umbrella on the touchline, the "Wally with a brolly" changed his fortunes around when he went on to manage Dutch side Twente and guided them to a historic first league title in the 2009/10 season.

He was last seen at Newcastle United, where he lasted just nine months before he was sacked in March this year.

3. Kevin Keegan (February 1999 to October 2000, 18 games)


Kevin Keegan coaching Newcastle prior to their match against Liverpool at Anfield stadium on March 8, 2008. PHOTO: EPA

McClaren's brief 18-game spell was matched by Keegan, who has the lowest win-percentage record of any England manager at 38.9 per cent.

Keegan's legacy was further soured when he resigned following a 1-0 loss to Germany in England's last game at the old Wembley Stadium.

The former Liverpool striker, now 65, went on to manage Manchester City (2001 to 2005) and Newcastle United in 2008.

4. Terry Venables (January 1994 to June 1996, 24 games)


Terry Venables giving a press conference in London in 2006. PHOTO: EPA

An illustrious management career saw Venables assume the reins of Spanish giants Barcelona before taking on England's top job in January 1994.

Venables - now 73 - led the team to a semi-final spot at Euro 96, which England hosted, but his reign was overshadowed by constant questions over his outside business ventures and various legal proceedings.

Five months before the start of Euro 96, he announced that he would be standing down as England coach after the tournament, due to court cases that would be heard later in the year.

5. Glenn Hoddle (July 1996 to February 1999, 28 games)


Glenn Hoddle being interviewed ahead of the UEFA Champions League match between Benfica and Chelsea in Lisbon on March 26, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

Like Allardyce, Hoddle's exit was marked by off-the-field issues - he left his post by mutual consent after making controversial comments about disabled people in an interview with The Times.

Hoddle's winning percentage record of 60.7 per cent ranks him third among all England managers; only Italian Fabio Capello (66.7 per cent) and World Cup winner Sir Alf Ramsey (61.1 per cent) performed better.

Short managerial stints with Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers followed before the 58-year-old became a full-time pundit.

He was touted as a potential replacement for Hodgson before the job went to Allardyce.


Longest time in the hot seat

1. Sir Walter Winterbottom (September 1946 to July 1962, 139 games)

The England football team's first ever manager was also its youngest (at the age of 33) and longest-serving, taking charge of a whopping 139 games.

 

Most notably, Sir Winterbottom, who died in 2002, had no managerial experience before he was given the job.

He led England to four World Cup finals - reaching the quarter-finals in 1954 and 1962 - during his 16-year spell as England manager.

2. Sir Alf Ramsey (May 1963 to May 1974, 113 games)

Widely regarded as one of the all-time greats in British football, Sir Ramsey was responsible for England's sole World Cup triumph in 1966, during which he was praised for his tactical prowess and professionalism.

He is the only person to have been inducted into English football's Hall of Fame twice (as a player and manager).

He died in 1999 at the age of 79.

3. Sir Bobby Robson (July 1982 to July 1990, 95 matches)


Sir Bobby Robson, England manager from July 1982 to July 1990. PHOTO: ST FILE

Sir Robson came closest of all the England managers in emulating Sir Ramsey when he led England to the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup, where the Three Lions lost to West Germany on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

A continental management career yielded stints at Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven (twice), Portugal's Sporting CP and Porto, Spanish side Barcelona and Newcastle United.

He died in 2009 at the age of 76.