The most famous caretaker managers in Premier League history – and where they are now.
Caretaker managers have had some memorable moments at their respective clubs, from winning the Champions League to relegating their own beloved clubs to the second tier.
Being a manager is unquestionably a well-paid position, but even a few poor results can have you looking over your shoulder.
A fifth of the Premier League’s coaches have resigned in recent weeks, indicating that it is not a job with a lot of job security.
However, the international break may not always be available to give the club breathing room to find a suitable candidate to bring in, in which case the squad’s second-in-command assumes command.
Graeme Jones was in charge at St James’ Park for a few games this season, and in recent years, the likes of Darren Moore and Craig Shakespeare have also been thrust into the spotlight for relatively long stints in the dugout.
But who are the caretaker managers who truly made an impact? Whether they won the Champions League or saved their team from relegation in spectacular fashion, we look at some of the most memorable caretakers in history.
After being appointed as André Villas-Boas’ assistant in 2011, the former Chelsea player was given his chance in the dugout when the Portuguese manager was fired in March of the following year.
What happened next is unlikely to be repeated in history by another interim manager.
Following a 2-1 FA Cup victory over Liverpool, Di Matteo led Chelsea to victory in the Champions League against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
It was the Blues’ first major European championship.
He was appointed manager and first-team coach on a permanent basis in the summer, but was fired in November 2012 after a 3–0 Champions League away loss to Juventus.
In 2016, he worked for Aston Villa in the Championship, but he was let go after a string of poor results.
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Joe Kinnear’s final job was at Newcastle in 2009, where he took over after Kevin Keegan’s shock resignation.
He started his first press conference by calling Mirror reporter Simon Bird a “c**t,” and things didn’t get much better after that.
He was unable to see the club through the season due to illness, and he resigned in February.
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