A Look at 6 Caretaker Bosses Who Lost Their Jobs in the Wake of Craig Shakespeare's Foxes Sacking

After a poor start to the season, Leicester have fired manager Craig Shakespeare.


The 53-year-old was initially placed in charge of the Foxes as a caretaker after the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri, but was awarded the job on a full-time basis following the club's performances in the Champions League and the Premier League.


The sacking of Shakespeare means the former Walsall midfielder has joined an exclusive pool of managers who were appointed permanently before quickly being fired.


Here are a selection of such individuals who couldn't cut it long-term after succeeding briefly...

1. Chris Hughton

Newcastle fans still believe Hughton was unfortunate to lose his job with the Magpies, while former striker Alan Shearer also condemned the sacking.


After two stints as caretaker, Hughton was permanently appointed in 2009 and won 39 of his 70 matches in charge, an impressive return.


However, it wasn't enough to keep the current Brighton boss in a job as he was replaced by the aforementioned Shearer, who couldn't keep the Magpies in the Premier League as they were relegated.

2. Mike Phelan

Hull entered the 2016-17 season in pretty poor shape, without a manager after Steve Bruce left the club during pre-season.


Phelan, who had previous managerial experience as an assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, stepped up and earned the job on a permanent basis, winning the Premier League Manager of the Month Award in August 2016.


But Hull's form soon faded and Phelan was out of a job by January, being replaced by Marco Silva.

3. Stuart Pearce

After the departure of Kevin Keegan, former England international Stuart Pearce was charged with keeping Manchester City's first-team in order until the end of the 2004-05 season.


He was kept on board for the following campaign, where City finished 15th after losing nine of their last 10 games.


Despite improving upon that finish by one place during the 2006-07 season, Pearce was still sacked by City, who turned to ex-England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.

4. Sammy Lee

Sammy Lee took over the reigns at Bolton after Sam Allardyce resigned and had the daunting task of replacing one of the best managers the club ever had.


Allardyce had led Bolton into Europe, qualifying for the UEFA Cup, but Lee was unable to keep the Wanderers moving in the same positive direction, being sacked after winning just three of his 14 games in charge.


The 58-year-old has since had assistant roles at Liverpool, Southampton, England and Crystal Palace.

5. John Carver

Having already had two caretaker spells with the club, Carver was placed in interim charge of Newcastle after Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace.


The self-proclaimed "best coach in the Premier League" was sacked by the Magpies at the end of the 2014-15 campaign, despite having beaten West Ham 2-0 on the final day of the season to secure their top flight status.


Steve McClaren was placed in charge afterwards, but his stay at St James' Park was also short-lived.

6. Tim Sherwood

Tim Sherwood once claimed he had a "second to none" 59% win ratio, but the statistic actually stands at 50%, showing he did fine but not amazing during his time at Tottenham.


After Andre Villas-Boas was sacked by Spurs in 2013, Sherwood assumed first-team responsibilities and was then handed an 18-month contract, leading the Lilywhites to a sixth-place finish.


Despite the reasonable performance, Sherwood was sacked by Daniel Levy and has since had a stint at Aston Villa and was a director of football at Swindon.

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