The curse of the Premier League title winning manager

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For managers, winning a major European league title is one of the greatest achievements possible. In England, it is amazing how quickly after the pinnacle comes the other side of the mountain.

The last five bosses to have lifted the Premier League trophy have all been unseated soon afterwards – whether sacked, retired, or moved aside for a flashy new model. And Antonio Conte could soon make it six in a row.

Here, Sportsmail examines the individual cases, in what has become the most cursed title to win in top-level football… 

Antonio Conte could become the latest Premier League winner to soon leave his club

Antonio Conte could become the latest Premier League winner to soon leave his club

2011-12

Title winners: Manchester City

Manager: Roberto Mancini – sacked May 2013

The conclusion to the 2012 Premier League season was one of the greatest ever – Sergio Aguero’s last gasp winner, to snatch the title from Manchester United’s grasp, into the hands of the noisy neighbours.

Roberto Mancini was the man who oversaw the triumph, and was rewarded with a new five-year contract. However United came roaring back, winning the title with four games to spare, while City also exited the Champions League at the group stage.

Mancini’s relationship with his players and staff deteriorated, and he was sacked after City lost the FA Cup final to underdogs Wigan. The Italian swore in a February press conference at the suggestion he could be replaced by Manuel Pellegrini. In May, he was indeed replaced by the Chilean.

Roberto Mancini won the 2012 title with Manchester City in thrilling last-gasp style

Roberto Mancini won the 2012 title with Manchester City in thrilling last-gasp style

However City struggled the following year and Mancini was replaced by Manuel Pellegrini

However City struggled the following year and Mancini was replaced by Manuel Pellegrini

2012-13

Title winners: Manchester United 

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson – retired May 2013

Hell hath no fury like Fergie scorned. Having been robbed of the title they were celebrating on the pitch at Sunderland in 2012, United romped to a 20th league win the following campaign.

Of those 20, Sir Alex had overseen 13 of them, making United the dominant force in the Premier League era. However, after a couple of brief flirtations with retirement, he announced in May 2013 that he would step down. 

Ferguson’s final game in charge was a remarkable 5-5 draw with West Brom, before he was replaced by David Moyes. United have never been as dominant again. 

Sir Alex Ferguson retired after winning his 13th league title with Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson retired after winning his 13th league title with Manchester United

2013-14

Title winners: Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini – announced he would leave February 2016

In his first season in English football, former Real Madrid and Malaga boss Pellegrini became the first coach from outside Europe to win the title, the Chilean’s City side scoring for fun and taking advantage of Liverpool’s implosion.

The next season, however, it was City who suffered a decline in form in the second half of the season, allowing Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea to take the crown.

With Pellegrini having signed a three-year contract in 2013, City moved in February 2016 for Pep Guardiola, with their current boss edged out in favour of a more high profile appointment, as he had been by Mourinho at Madrid.

Pellegrini's free-scoring City side romped to the Premier League in his first season

Pellegrini’s free-scoring City side romped to the Premier League in his first season

However Pellegrini was replaced by Pep Guardiola in 2016 when his contract expired

However Pellegrini was replaced by Pep Guardiola in 2016 when his contract expired

2014-15

Title winners: Chelsea

Manager: Jose Mourinho – sacked December 2015

Few falls from grace have been as sudden or unexpected as Mourinho’s end to his second spell at Chelsea. In 2014-15, they had lost just three league games all season.

The season was set for Chelsea by a draw at home to Swansea, in which Mourinho berated physio Eva Carneiro for tending an injured Eden Hazard. She left the club, which led to months of legal action after she brought a claim for constructive dismissal.

With a shadow firmly over Mourinho at Chelsea, he was sacked on December 17, after losing nine out of 16 league games that season. 

Jose Mourinho won his third league title with Chelsea in 2015, losing just three league games

Jose Mourinho won his third league title with Chelsea in 2015, losing just three league games

The following season, after losing nine of his first 16 league matches, Mourinho was sacked

The following season, after losing nine of his first 16 league matches, Mourinho was sacked

2015-16

Title winners: Leicester

Manager: Claudio Ranieri – sacked February 2017 

2016 provided the greatest fairytale seen in English football. 2017 proved that loyalty, sentiment and patience in the game, at the highest level, is dead.

Ranieri guided 5,000-1 outsiders Leicester to the title, but a variety of factors – a loss of mentality and commitment by the players, opposition tactics, the sale of N’Golo Kante, the pressures of Champions League football – meant the next season they were seemingly headed for relegation.

The amiable Italian was sacked 298 days after the most extraordinary title triumph of all time, and was replaced by assistant Craig Shakespeare.

Claudio Ranieri masterminded Leicester's astonishing Premier League triumph in 2016

Claudio Ranieri masterminded Leicester’s astonishing Premier League triumph in 2016

298 days later, Ranieri was dismissed after a downturn in form and rumoured player revolt

298 days later, Ranieri was dismissed after a downturn in form and rumoured player revolt

2016-17

Title winners: Chelsea

Manager: Antonio Conte – ??? 

Conte arrived at Stamford Bridge to manage a bruised side who had finished 10th in the previous campaign, and took them back to English football’s top table, with a run of 13 consecutive league wins the high point.

However, a poor summer saw them miss out on top forward target Romelu Lukaku, sell Nemanja Matic to Manchester United and bring in the disappointing Tiemoue Bakayoko, and set the tone for a poor season.

After a 4-1 defeat at Watford left Chelsea 19 points off the leaders, Conte dared Chelsea to sack him. They may well give him his wish. 

Conte is now on the verge of leaving Chelsea after his second season in England turned sour

Conte is now on the verge of leaving Chelsea after his second season in England turned sour



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