Hire and fire managers?

Are football bosses given enough time to prove their worth?

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Football's quick-fire culture

By Diane Cooke

Frank De Boer (pictured) was sacked by Crystal Palace after just four games at the club - but where does his tenure rank amongst the shortest in Premier League history?

Palace had lost three out of three in the league without scoring a goal going into a match with Burnley in September.

But desperately needing a win, they were beaten 1-0 by Sean Dyche’s men at Turf Moor - and de Boer paid the price.

In October, Leicester cut ties with another component of their Premier League title win with the sacking of manager Craig Shakespeare.

The 53-year-old lasted only four months as permanent boss, following title winner Claudio Ranieri in being ruthlessly cut adrift by the club's owners.

In 2013, Alex McLeish left Nottingham Forest after just 41 days in charge. There had been speculation surrounding the Scot's future ever since reports surfaced about his frustration with the club's owners during the January transfer window.

McLeish missed out on several key targets, most notably Peterborough winger George Boyd, whose transfer collapsed after he failed an eye test. Forest were labelled "a disgrace to the game" over the handling of the transfer.

Brian Clough lasted just 44 days at Leeds in 1974. The Sun reports that it was a match made in hell.

Cloughie had constantly bad-mouthed the club while in charge of Derby and his appointment at Elland Road was not exactly well received.

He took over in July but was sacked in September after just one win in six games.

And his infamous spell in charge even made it into cinemas with the screen adaptation of novel The Damned United.

Steve Coppell lasted even less time at Manchester City in 1996 - 33 days to be precise. After two spells in charge of Crystal Palace, Coppell left to take the reins at Maine Road.

He left the club after just six games, winning just two to leave City 17th in Division One and a battle to beat the drop.

"I'm not ashamed to admit that I have suffered for some time from huge pressure I have imposed upon myself, and since my appointment this has completely overwhelmed me to such an extent that I cannot function in the job the way I would like to," Coppell said.

He immediately returned to Selhurst Park as chief scout and then became boss again the following year.

However, Dave Bassett lasted just four days at Crystal Palace in 1984. He never actually signed a contract at Selhurst Park but still managed to put in four days work before deciding it wasn’t to his liking and returned to Wimbledon quick smart.

But the current record holder for the shortest spell as manger is Leroy Rosenior, who lasted 10 minutes at Torquay in 2007. He had the misfortune of being appointed manager as the club were being taken over by a local consortium. Papers signed, they wanted their own man in and Rosenior was gone in 600 seconds.

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'West Ham madness a worry for David Moyes'

David Moyes has landed one of the biggest jobs in the game at West Ham, but the "madness" at the club may be a concern for the Scot, says Matt Lawton.

Moyes was given an initial six-month contract to replace Slaven Bilic at the London Stadium last week, with West Ham languishing in 18th place in the table.

However, after recent failures at Sunderland - who were relegated from the Premier League last season - Real Sociedad and Manchester United, the pressure is now on Moyes to succeed in east London.

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