How does Sam Allardyce's fleeting reign compare with other England bosses?

Sam Allardyce’s short-lived stint as England manager has come to an end after his contract with the Football Association was terminated by mutual consent on Tuesday.

The former Bolton boss lasted just 67 days in the post, the shortest ever tenure for a permanent Three Lions manager, and he took charge of just one game.

We take a look at how Allardyce’s fleeting reign compares with other England bosses.

Sam Allardyce

Tenure: July 2016 – September 2016, one game

Allardyce’s tenure began with a smile in July but ended in humiliation in September after just 67 days.

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

Tenure: 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 for the former Middlesbrough manager.

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

Tenure: February 1999 – October 2000, 18 games

Keegan also lasted just 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, who went on to manage Manchester City before briefly returning to Newcastle in 2008, has the lowest win-percentage of any permanent England boss at 38.9%.

Terry Venables

Tenure: January 1994 – June 1996, 24 games

Venables announced five months before Euro 96 that he would be standing down due to off-the-field matters.

Despite a largely successful tournament for the Three Lions, where they reached the semi-finals on home soil, the former Tottenham manager still left his role after two and a half years, and 24 games, and was replaced by Glenn Hoddle.

Glenn Hoddle

Tenure: July 1996 – February 1999, 28 games

Hoddle lasted just 28 games himself after he left by mutual consent in February 1999 following controversial comments he made about disabled people.

His win-percentage of 60.7% ranks favourably with his predecessors – England’s World Cup-winning boss Sir Alf Ramsey managed 61.1% – and was touted as a potential contender for the job before Allardyce was appointed.

The list does not include caretaker managers.


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