Football: Hot seat gets hotter as 27 managers get axed in Premier League, Football League

Neil Warnock gestures during the English Premier League football match between Hull City and Crystal Palace at the KC Stadium in Kingston upon Hull. Premier League dismissals are down six from last season, however, as only Warnock and West Bromwich A
Neil Warnock gestures during the English Premier League football match between Hull City and Crystal Palace at the KC Stadium in Kingston upon Hull. Premier League dismissals are down six from last season, however, as only Warnock and West Bromwich Albion's Alan Irvine were sacked by the New Year. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (Reuters) - More managers will be sacked in the Premier League and Football League than ever before if current trends continue, according to the League Managers Association's (LMA) quarterly report.

As of the end of December, 27 managers - more than a quarter of the Premier League and Football League's 92 clubs - had been dismissed from their clubs.

The tally is three more than at the same stage last season.

A further seven managers resigned or departed by mutual consent.

"If the trend continues, we are on course to exceed the total dismissal record of 46 set in 2006-2007," the LMA report stated.

"The managers dismissed so far this season have been in post for an average of only 1.04 years."

Premier League dismissals are down six from last season, however, as only Crystal Palace's Neil Warnock and West Bromwich Albion's Alan Irvine were sacked by the New Year.

Twelve clubs in the Championship (second tier) dismissed managers up to Dec 31, with the average tenure of current managers in the division standing at an alarming 0.82 year.

Five managers were sacked in League One (third tier) and eight in League Two (fourth tier).

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger remains the longest-serving current manager at 18.26 years while West Ham United's Sam Allardyce is the second-longest serving Premier League manager at 3.5 years.

Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp, who has spent time in charge of West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur, holds the record for most games managed by a current manager at 1,383 matches.