After the departure of David Wagner, Huddersfield Town have appointed another former Borussia Dortmund coach, Jan Siewert, as the club’s new manager. Siewert arrives at The Terriers with what looks like the almost-impossible task of keeping them in the top-flight. Huddersfield have won just two games all season and sit 10 points off safety, having scored just 13 goals in 23 Premier League matches so far. Keeping his side in the top-flight seems next-to-impossible at this stage, but how does Siewert’s task compare to other sporting jobs that have been undertaken in the past? We’ve taken a look at some of them to find out:
Paul Jewell hired Derby County
In November 2007, Billy Davis left Derby County after his side won just six points from 14 matches, with just a single win to their name. He was replaced by Paul Jewell but with a poor squad ravaged by injuries, Derby went on to have a historically bad season. They won just 11 points, the league’s lowest points total since the introduction of three points for a win. They didn’t win a league game under Jewell and became the first side in Premier League history to be relegated in March.
Eoin Morgan takes England ODI captaincy on eve of the World Cup
In December 2014, the ECB decided to sack Alastair Cook as England’s One Day captain as both he and his side had been struggling. Eoin Morgan was given the job. England’s style of play was hugely outdated, the squad wasn’t good enough and as such, they won just two out of six games in the tournament, and those came against Afghanistan and Scotland. Morgan looked certain to be sacked but the ECB kept him on and it’s proved to be a great decision as he has transformed England into the world’s best ODI side.
Fernando Hierro at the World Cup
Just two days before their first game at the 2018 World Cup, Spain sacked manager Julen Lopetegui after it was announced that he had decided to join Real Madrid without notifying the Spanish Football Federation. Spain, one of the pre-tournament favourites, managed to get out of their group but were knocked out by Russia in the Round of 16.
Larry Drew and the post-LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers
Larry Drew is the current head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. It wasn’t too long ago when Cleveland won the NBA Championships with LeBron James guiding them to glory. However, since then, so many stars, including James himself, have left the club and Drew is now tasked with coaching one of the worst teams in the NBA with a very, very poor roster.
Chris Coleman at Sunderland
Chris Coleman was hired by Sunderland to help keep them in the Championship, but it was a tough, tough ask. He took over in late December, won just five of his 29 games in charge at the Stadium of Light with a poor squad, and was soon sacked.
Tim Paine after 'Sandpaper-gate'
Following the suspensions of Australian captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner due to their roles in a ball-tampering incident against South Africa, Tim Paine was named as the captain of his country. With some of his best players missing, Paine’s ODI team were hammered 5-0 by England and his Test team have just become the first Aussie side to lose a Test series at home to India.
Peter Reid at Plymouth
In June 2010, Plymouth Argyle confirmed the appointment of Peter Reid as the club’s manager following their relegation to League One. The club were soon hit with two winding-up petitions from HMRC and were forced to sell star players Bradley Wright-Phillips and Craig Noone. Ried himself auctioned off one his medals to help raise funds and he paid the club’s heating bill himself, such was the desperate state of their predicament. Plymouth were docked 10 points and were eventually relegated. Reid stuck with them for the start of the next season but with almost an entirely new team, Plymouth drew one and lost eight games and Reid was sacked.
Chris Cowdrey and the "summer of four captains"
When the West Indies toured England in 1988, many expected them to do well as they had a fearsome batting line up and some seriously quick bowlers. However, the beating they gave England was unprecedented. Mike Gatting was captain for the First Test, which was a draw, but he was dropped after that game with John Emburey taking over. His team lost both games handily and the ECB took drastic action. The selectors tried to turn things around and brought in seven new players and made one of them, Chris Cowdrey, captain. It didn’t work! England were hammered and Cowdrey was immediately dropped with Graham Gooch taking over for the final Test. They lost that one too!
Avram Grant at Portsmouth
In November 2009, following the release of Paul Hart, Avram Grant was named as the new manager of the Portsmouth. The club were already struggling but a points deduction all-but-ended their chances of survival. Even so, Grant managed to take Pompey to the FA Cup final, where they narrowly lost to Chelsea.
Roy Hodgson at Fulham
One that worked out! When Roy Hodgson took over at Fulham, the club were 18th, two points from safety and had only won two Premier League games all season. Fulham picked up just nine points from Hodgson’s first 13 league games and looked doomed for relegation but a run of 12 points from the last five games of their season, including a famous 3–2 win over Manchester City after being 2–0 down with 20 minutes remaining, meant the Cottagers survived on the final day of the season.