OWLS SPECIAL: The managerial merry-go-round at Sheffield Wednesday under Mandaric

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ALAN Irvine would have been forgiven if he began to wonder about his future on the day Milan Mandaric’s takeover was confirmed.

Mandaric oversaw seven managerial departures in eight years at Portsmouth, and six in four years at Leicester.

Departures were not all sackings.For example Gary Megson and Nigel Pearson quit Leicester to manage Bolton and Hull respectively.

Another former Wednesday player, Nigel Worthington, was hired just on a short-term deal to keep Leicester up and did so before taking the Northern Ireland job.

Martin Allen lasted only three months with the Foxes and left by mutual consent after a breakdon in relationships.

The ones that Mandaric did fire at Leicester were Rob Kelly, who was in charge when he arrived, Ian Holloway and Paulo Sousa, who was sacked this season after three months in the job and was replaced by Sven Goran Eriksson.

Mandaric knows of his hire-and-fire reputation but has also pointed out in the past that he has worked successfully with managers.

For example, Harry Redknapp took Portsmouth into the Premier League, in his first spell at the club, and in his second he arrived to save them from relegation then led them to the FA Cup. He was manager at the time Mandaric left Fratton Park.

Mandaric appointed Pearson at Leicester, and the ex-Wednesday captain led the Foxes to instant promotion followed by a place in last season’s Championship play-offs.

Mandaric’s departed managers:


Alan Ball 1998-99

Tony Pulis 2000

Steve Claridge 2000-01

Graham Rix 2001-02

Harry Redknapp 2002-04

Velimir Zajec 2004-05

Alain Perrin 2005


Rob Kelly 2006-07

Martin Allen 2007

Gary Megson 2007

Ian Holloway 2007-08

Nigel Pearson 2008-2010

Paulo Sousa 2010


Alan Irvine 2010