Manchester United's Scottish manager David Moyes is pictured during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Bayern Munich vs Manchester United in Munich, southern Germany, on April 9, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE        (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

9 Sacked Managers Who Somehow Still Have Time Left on Their Doomed Contracts

Like besotted school children exchanging love letters in the playground, football club owners are prone to rashly declaring their undying affection for managers - contractually tying them to the organisation for multiple years with no thought of what might happen further down the line.

Well, football folk are a fickle sort, and like the flavour of inferior brand of chewing gum, managers don't tend to stick around for long these days. Time and time again, coaches are masticated and spat out well short of their contract expiry date - ending up sprawled flat on the floor destined to be welded to the shoe of an unsuspecting passer by.

In recent times, there's been a fair few big name bosses who've been given the chop in dramatic circumstances, after comprehensively failing to deliver the goods they promised when taking the reins. 

So here's a list of nine such football managers who've still got time left on their doomed contracts despite parting ways with their former clubs...

9. Chris Coleman - Sunderland

After leading Wales to the semi finals of Euro 2016, packing the job in to manage then-Championship strugglers Sunderland was a bit of a strange one. OK, he did fail to get Wales to the 2018 World Cup, but still, an odd move.

Appointed midway through the 2017/18 campaign, Coleman rode in to town determined to propel the Black Cats back to the Premier League. Unfortunately for the Wearside team, this move went drastically wrong, and the club plummeted down into League 1.

Coleman was sacked in April 2018, but still has a year and half left on his original deal.

8. Gianfranco Zola - Birmingham

Sometimes wonderful footballers become wonderful managers, and that's lovely to see, but this has sadly not been the case for Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola.

The pint-sized Italian magician has had a number of disappointing forays into management, with his most recent being a nightmare spell with Birmingham City in 2016/17.

The affable 52-year-old last a mere five months in the Midlands, and was given the boot well in advance of the summer 2019 expiry of his contract.

Since Zola's exit, the Blues have also been helmed by Harry Redknapp, Lee Carsley, Steve Cotterill and Garry Monk in the last year and a half.

7. Frank de Boer - Crystal Palace

Sure, Frank de Boer won four league titles on the trot with Ajax...but let's be honest, that's rarely a great gauge of how someone will fare in Europe's big leagues.

When tasked with a proper challenge, the once prolific player has failed to cut the mustard - as evidenced by his horror show two months with Internazionale.

Things didn't go much better with Crystal Palace in 2017, and he was sent packing just five games into his tenure after his side failed to score in any of the four Premier League games they played. 

De Boer's contract was due to run until 2020. Ouch.

6. Ronald Koeman - Everton

Every keen player of Football Manager will admit to have once, having cashed in on their star player and, in a wild few hours of frenzied excitement, blown their budget on about five players who all play in the same position.

This is basically what Ronald Koeman did upon the big money sale of Romelu Lukaku at Everton in the 2017/18 season, when he signed a dazzling array of central/attacking midfielders. Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurðsson and Davy Klaassen all came in, leading to a logistical team-sheet nightmare.

After his squad showed about as much gelling power as WD-40, Koeman only lasted 16 months into his deal, which expires in summer 2019.

5. Sam Allardyce - Everton & Crystal Palace

Fireman Sam Allardyce has become the go-to guy to extinguish relegation flames for imagination bereft owners in recent times, and to be fair to the cigar-chomping coach, he's a fine record when it comes to salvage jobs.

However, since losing the England manager's job after just 67 days, following an ill-advised conversation over what may or may not have been a pint of wine (for my money, it was a lukewarm Pilsner), his latest two ventures also ended prematurely.

The veteran manager resigned from Crystal Palace well short of his contract expiry in summer 2019, and was given the boot at Everton over a year before his deal was due to finish...also in summer 2019.

4. Vincenzo Montella - AC Milan & Sevilla

A trip to Europe now, as we take a look at Vincenzo Montella's recent managerial mishaps.

The former Italy international took the helm at AC Milan in 2016, tasked with returning the San Siro sleeping giants back to their former glory. Suffice to say, this didn't go exactly to plan, and Montella was given the chop midway through the second season at the club.

His I Rossoneri deal was cut short ahead of its summer 2019 expiry - much like his next job at Sevilla, in which a nine match winless run saw him sacked well short of the - Yep, you guessed it! -  summer 2019 expiry.

3. Julen Lopetegui - Real Madrid

A fresh one here, but an absolute corker.

I've seen some things backfire in my time. Like the occasion when, in a romantic spirit, I attempted to cook a cauliflower crust pizza from scratch. To cut a long and harrowing story short, it collapsed into watery mush, and it was pulped veg, tomato sauce and cheese for dinner.

This pales into insignificance when stacked against Julen Lopetegui's Real Madrid disaster. Leaving his role as Spain boss on the eve of the 2018 World Cup, the coach jumped ship for Los Blancos.

Disastrously, Lopetegui was sacked 138 days into his time at the Bernabéu, after a 5-1 shellacking from Barcelona.

The kicker? His deal doesn't run out until the summer of 2021.

2. David Moyes - Manchester United

Poor old David Moyes. 

Succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United was never going to be easy, but not many would have foreseen quite how catastrophically the changing of the guard would have gone down back in 2013.

Fresh off the back of performing admirably at Everton on a shoestring budget, Moyes was rapidly transformed into a figure of fun, and his side's dire performances saw him sacked just ten months into his six year deal.

The Scotsman still has a few months left on the original deal, which wasn't due to expire until 2019.

1. Alan Pardew - Newcastle United

Mike Ashley has made some unusual decisions in his time. A tactical vomit in a fireplace here, a brief stadium renaming there, the casual £90m cash purchase of House of Fraser days after a transfer window closing. You get the picture. Newcastle fans, I feel for you.

Perhaps most galling of all the Sports Direct tycoon's gaffs, however, would have to be his baffling decision to hand out an eight-year contract to snake-hipped Wembley Stadium dancer Alan Pardew back in 2012, only to see him resign in 2014.

Yep, back yourself here; you've done the maths right. Pardew's deal with the Magpies doesn't expire until 2020.