5 of the Best Premier League Interim Managers and Where They Are Now

Being tasked with steering the ship following the departure of a permanent manager is no easy feat. 


Clubs can be left in a real state by their former managers and the caretakers are often left to pick up the pieces. More often than not unrealistic targets are set in the hope to appease demanding fans and board members. 


Let's have a look at five interim managers and see how they got on...

5. Ricky Sbragia - Sunderland

Following the departure of Roy Keane in 2007, Sbragia was given the Sunderland caretaker position with the team struggling in the relegation zone. 


Although Sbragia's time wasn't a massive success, he did save his team from relegation on the final day of the season.   


The Scot then surprisingly resigned, telling the club to hire a “bigger name.” In 2017, Sbragia returned as Manchester United's under-23 boss.

4. Tim Sherwood - Tottenham

After the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas in 2013, Sherwood was asked to take charge until the end of the season. 


Results and performances improved under the Englishman, with the inclusion of a few youngsters such as Nabil Bentaleb a key part in the success. 


Despite a good run for Sherwood, a turning point for him was a disastrous defeat against Chelsea which spelled the end of his reign at Spurs. 


He was sacked at the end of the season, with the club finishing sixth in the league. Spells with Aston Villa and Swindon soon followed, but is now in search of a new club.

3. Chris Coleman - Fulham

The Welshman guided Fulham to safety following the sacking of Jean Tigana in April 2003 and was given the full time position at the end of the campaign. 


In his first full season he led the London club to a ninth place finish. However, in 2007 Coleman was sacked after the loss of key players and a run of poor results. 


This job proved to be pivotal for Coleman who is now a very sought after manager, after leading Wales to the last four of the European Championships last season. 

2. Garry Monk - Swansea

Monk was given the Swansea job on an interim basis and in his first game recorded a 3-0 win against Cardiff


The Englishman had been at the club for many a year as a player and implemented the passing style which was so successful under former boss Brendan Rodgers. 


Under Monk, the Swans finished with their record points tally in the Premier League and qualified for Europe. 


The Englishman was given the job on a full time basis at the end of the season. Due to a string of poor results Monk was sacked just seven months after his first full season.  

1. Roberto Di Matteo - Chelsea

Quite possibly the best caretaker out of all is Roberto Di Matteo. The Italian was given the temporary position at Chelsea after Portuguese manager Andre Villas-Boas was sacked after poor results and questionable team selections. 


Di Matteo took over with the team struggling in the Champions League with a 3-1 deficit to overturn against Napoli. The team rallied under the new boss and after magnificent displays against Barcelona, they found themselves in the final against Bayern Munich


After a long hard fought match, Didier Drogba scored the decisive penalty in the penalty shoot-out to win the Champions League, not bad for a caretaker? 


Di Matteo was given the full time position after the win, but was sacked the next season due to poor results. The Italian is currently seeking a new club after being sacked by Aston Villa in 2016.

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