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The shortest reigns as England manager

Press Association logoPress Association 27/09/2016


Sam Allardyce lasted just 67 days as England manager, the shortest-ever tenure for a permanent Three Lions manager, and he took charge of just one game.

But how does it compare to other England bosses?

SAM ALLARDYCE (July 2016 - September 2016, one game)

Allardyce's tenure began with a smile in July but ended in humiliation. Having left Sunderland to take up the role he craved for so long, Allardyce guided his country to a solitary 2018 World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia earlier this month. It is the shortest reign of any of England's 14 permanent managers.

STEVE McCLAREN (August 2006 - November 2007, 18 games)

McClaren was appointed after the FA failed in its attempts to lure Luiz Felipe Scolari from his post as Portugal boss but it would prove to be a poisoned chalice. His failure to secure England a place at Euro 2008 - the first time in 14 years they had not qualified for a major tournament - saw him sacked after just 18 games.

KEVIN KEEGAN (February 1999 - October 2000, 18 games)

Keegan also lasted 18 games and his spell ended in ignominious fashion after England fell to a 1-0 defeat against Germany in their final game at the old Wembley Stadium. Keegan has the lowest win-percentage of any permanent England boss at 38.9 per cent.

TERRY VENABLES (January 1994 - June 1996, 24 games)

The former Socceroos boss announced five months before Euro 96 that he would be standing down due to off-the-field matters. Despite a largely successful tournament, Venables left his role after two and a half years, and 24 games.

GLENN HODDLE (July 1996 - February 1999, 28 games)

Hoddle lasted 28 games before leaving by mutual consent following controversial comments he made about disabled people.

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