From panic firings to replacements we all saw coming, the life of a manager is not always an enviable one. One moment you could be getting thrown into the air by your team as you clutch the handle of a trophy, the next you could be being filmed by every news outlet on the planet as you speed away from the training ground for the last time.
Some managers become a recurring meme too, with the likes of Harry Redknapp in his car featuring heavily whenever a transfer deadline comes around:
However, the biggest ignominy a manager can be subjected to is when they are replaced and their successor is an immediate success. With this in mind, we have compiled a gallery of the greatest managerial upgrades:
Claudio Ranieri replacing Nigel Pearson
The greatest managerial change in history. Image Source: Twitter
Zinedine Zidane replacing Rafael Benitez
From one bald man to another, Zidane is headbutting his way to the top. Image Source: Twitter
Rafael Benitez replacing Steve McClaren
From Real Madrid to Newcastle, the Magpies gaffer is doing the Goal movies in reverse. Image Source: Twitter
Chris Hughton replacing Sami Hyypia
Hughton succeeded where no other manager has for years, and Brighton are finally back in the big times. Image Source: Twitter
Jose Mourinho replacing Claudio Ranieri
Win a Champions League with Porto, check. Win two Premier Leagues with Chelsea, check. Buy Petr Cech, check. Image Source: Twitter
Arsene Wenger replacing Bruce Ricoh
The longest-serving manager in the league. Wenger out? Bugger off, you don't know what you have until it's gone. Image Source: Twitter
Sam Allardyce replacing Alan Pardew
From that guy that did that weird FA Cup Final dance to survival extraordinaire, the disgraced England man is guiding Palace to safety.
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Jocahim Low replacing Jurgen Klinsmann
If you win a World Cup you know you've done your job.
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Marco Silva replacing Mike Phelan
Four home wins on the bounce has taken Hull to the brink of survival, an inspired choice. Image Source: Twitter.
Players may feel like they are not given enough time to prove themselves, but managers are often dealt with far less compassion. The managerial axe is always swinging, whether the board says they have faith or not. In recent years, too, it is not always enough to win a trophy, with Louis van Gaal’s FA Cup win with Manchester United and, of course, Claudio Ranieri’s Premier League title win standing out.
While many managerial changes have been huge flops, there are some that stand out as the most timely and impressive changes ever, so much so that it forced fans to question whether some owners are employing crystal balls to find out who their next manager should be.