Premier League Managers to Manage a Club Twice

David Moyes manager to manage a club twice

David Moyes is reportedly interested in rejoining Everton and becoming one of a select few managers to manage a club twice in the Premier League after Roberto Martinez has come under intense criticism following the Toffees’ lacklustre Premier League season. After losing against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi final, the Blues are facing yet another year without a trophy, sparking some fans to question whether Martinez is the right man for the job.

Roberto Martinez

After leaving Everton in 2013 after 11 years in charge to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, Moyes has endured a torrid time. The Scotsman lasted less than a year at Old Trafford due to a string of unacceptable results which ended up with the club finishing in 7th place.

Real Sociedad was next for Moyes, joining on 10th November 2014. He lasted 1 day short of a year, being given the boot on 9th November 2014 ‘boasting’ a win percentage of just 28.57%. Since then, he has been in managerial limbo, seemingly taking a few months out to compose himself; but now he is ready to take up the mantle again and show his worth. Although, with Celtic sniffing around the Scotsman, the Toffees will have to be fast to make David Moyes one of the few managers to manage a club twice.

Here are four other managers to manage a club twice…

Jose Mourinho – Chelsea (2004-07, 2013-2015)

One of Chelsea’s most famous managers ever, and one of the few to manage a club twice. During his first reign in charge, Jose Mourinho led the West Londoners to 2 Premier League titles, 1 FA Cup and 2 League Cups; he was well and truly a fan favourite, losing only 21 games out of 185, however after falling out with owner Roman Abramovich, the ‘Special One’ left Stamford Bridge by mutual consent.

2013 saw the return of the Portuguese manager to the team that really launched his managerial career, and he made an instant impact. The Premier League title and League Cup were Chelsea’s after a successful campaign in 2014/15. After signing a new 4-year contract at the beginning of the following season, Chelsea picked up 11 points in the opening 12 games; the club’s worst ever start to a season in the Premier League. The performances never picked up, and Mourinho again left by mutual consent on 17th December 2015.

Kevin Keegan – Newcastle United (1992-97, 2008)

Having been hired to save Newcastle United from being relegated to the third tier, Kevin Keegan did an incredible job during his first tenure at the club. After winning Division One in the 1992-3 season, Keegan led the Magpies on an incredible first season in the Premier League, finishing in 3rd place, thus bringing European football to St James’ Park for the first time since the 1970’s. His Newcastle team finished the season as runners up twice in a row (1995-6 and 1996-7), however they could never quite the reach the pinnacle of English football. There is no doubting Keegan did great things for the club though, and is one of the greatest managers to manage a club twice.

Kevin Keegan manager to manage a club twice

In January 2008, following the departure of Sam Allardyce, Keegan sensationally went back to Newcastle, becoming another one of the managers to manage a club twice. His first 8 matches in charge were hardly a fairytale, with the club failing to win a single match. However, following on from this, the season picked up for the Magpies, and they managed to finish in 7th place. As the 2007-8 season drew to a close, Keegan publicly criticised the club’s owners, stating he was not getting enough financial support, and shortly after the closing of the transfer window in September a year, the Geordie favourite announced he had resigned from his position due to not being able to work with the board.

Howard Kendall – Everton (1990-93, 1997-8)

Howard Kendall is unique in this list as he managed Everton three times during his managerial career, only twice during the Premier League era though. Having previously managed the Toffees in a fruitful period of 6 years between 1981 and 1987, where the club managed to win the First Division title twice (1984-5 and 1986-7), the FA Cup (1983-4) and the European Cup Winners’ Cup (1984-5), Howard Kendall rejoined Everton in 1990 in order to save them from relegation to the Second Division. He succeeded and the club managed to finish the season in ninth place. However, during this period, the club was little more than a mid-table team, something which Kendall resented; as a result, he resigned in December 1993.

Howard Kendall manager to manage a club twice

He rejoined the club before the 1997-8 season to try his hand at managing his beloved Everton again, but he only just managed to avoid leading his team to relegation and found it hard to work with then chairman, Peter Johnson. He left the club by mutual consent at the end of the season, but remains as one of the most loved managers to manage a club twice!

Harry Redknapp – Portsmouth (2002-04, 2005-08)

The last in our list of managers to manage a club twice, Harry Redknapp took charge of Division One side Portsmouth during the 2002-3 season, and managed to lead them on a promotion charge to the Premier League, replacing his former club, West Ham, in the top flight. He managed to keep Pompey in the Premier League during the 2003-4 season, however, after falling out with owner, Milan Mandarić, Redknapp resigned in November 2004.

Harry Redknapp manager to manage a club twice

In December 2005, Redknapp returned to the South Coast in order to help Pompey escape from the relegation zone which loomed just beneath them. He was successful, and the following season, managed to lead the club to a ninth-placed finish; the club’s highest finish since the 1950’s. He eclipsed this achievement in 2008 by managing to win the club’s first FA Cup in 69 years. However, his tenure ended somewhat bitterly for some fans, as he took the vacant Tottenham Hotspur job in October 2008.

Top 5 Most Expensive Premier League January Signings

Suarez and Carroll

5. Wilfried Bony (2015 -Swansea City to Manchester City) – £28m

Wilfried Bony burst onto the scene at Swansea City, impressing in a series of physical attacking displays, showing his knack for scoring goals, as well as his technical ability on the ball. These attributes attracted the attention of Manchester City, and, after courting him for a couple of weeks, he joined the ranks of world-class strikers at the Etihad. Featuring in 33 games, largely from the bench, Bony has scored 10 goals for City, which, all things considered, is not that bad a goalscoring record.

4. Edin Dzeko (Wolfsburg to Manchester City) – £32.5m

Dzeko was Wolfsburg’s highest ever goalscorer when Manchester City came sniffing about. After continuing to impress for the German outfit, City decided to make the move and snapped him up for £32.5m. After scoring 72 goals in 189 appearances, it is fair to say that Dzeko is not short of talent, however, City deemed him surplus to requirements and was allowed to leave for Roma.

3. Andy Carroll (Newcastle United to Liverpool) – £35m

After becoming the most expensive Englishman ever, Andy Carroll had a lot of pressure on his shoulders, too much pressure seemingly. After an incredibly disappointing spell at Anfield, Liverpool allowed him to join West Ham United on loan, which eventually turned into a permanent deal. There is still time for Carroll to rejuvenate his career however, he just needs to get over his constant battle with injury.

2. Juan Mata (Chelsea to Manchester United) – £37.1m

Juan Mata was always a fan favourite among Chelsea fans, and was voted as Chelsea’s player of the year for the 2012/13 season. However, after Jose Mourinho took charge of Chelsea for the second time, the Spaniard found himself consistently on the bench, struggling for playing time. Mourinho agreed to David Moyes’ advances for the playmaker, and, despite not being at his best for United, he is most definitely a fan favourite.

1. Fernando Torres (Liverpool to Chelsea) – £50m

The Spaniard was somewhat of a flop at the Premier League heavyweights, especially after his incredible goalscoring feats for Liverpool. However, he will be remembered for his goal against Barcelona in the last minute of the Champions League semi-final in 2012 that got Chelsea to the final, which they went on to win. Overall though… it was £50m which was not very well spent.

Brits Abroad – How Will Gary Neville Do At Valencia?


With the announcement that Gary Neville has taken the Head Coach role at Valencia, we take a look at 5 other British men who have taken the plunge and discuss whether they’ve been a success or a flop in La Liga.

David Moyes: 
Moyes should never have left Everton. His career has gone down the pan since leaving the Toffees in 2013 to manage then Premier League champions, Manchester United. After a frustrating year, the Scotsman was fired and the reds finished the season in 7th place. His time at Real Sociedad was no happier, with a win percentage record of 28.57%, it could be suggested that Moyes was out of his depth, therefore he was fired in November 2015.
Games in Charge: 42
Wins: 12
Trophies: N/A

Ron Atkinson:
Atkinson is another ex-Manchester United manager who went on to manage in La Liga. In October 1988, Atlético Madrid came calling for the Scouser, however, Big Ron’s dream move to Spain quickly fell through after falling out with the club’s president, Jesus Gil. He lasted only three months.
Games in Charge: 12
Wins: 6
Trophies: N/A

Howard Kendell:
The late Everton favourite took charge of Athletic Bilbao in 1987. In his two season at the Basque-based club, Bilbao ended up in 4th and 7th place, however, at the start of his 3rd season in charge, things started to go pear-shaped, with a new President in charge and with the transfer policy of Basque-only players at the club, Kendall struggled and left the club, joining Manchester City shortly after.
Games in Charge: 102
Wins: 44
Trophies: N/A

Terry Venables:
‘El Tel’ was a surprise choice for the Barcelona job in 1984, however, he proved his worth by winning the Spanish league in 1985 and leading his team to their first European Cup final in over 25 years – although they lost on penalties to Steaua Bucharest. After failing to win the league again, he was fired in 1987.
Games in Charge: 75
Wins: N/A
Trophies: La Liga Champions (1984-85)
Copa de la Liga Winners (1985-86)

Sir Bobby Robson:
The late, great Sir Bobby Robson is loved throughout the footballing world for his distinct style of managing. Having taken charge of a variety of club in Europe including PSV Eindhoven, Sporting CP and Porto, the ex-England manager took charge of Spanish giants Barcelona. He was only in charge for one season, however, he managed to win the Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España and European Cup Winners’ Cup.
Games in Charge: 58
Wins: 38
Trophies: Copa del Rey (1996-97)
Supercopa de España (1996)
European Cup Winners’ Cup (1997)

There is no evidence to suggest whether Gary Neville will be a success at Valencia when looking at previous British managers in La Liga. Some have done extremely well and are now adored at their previous clubs, and some would rather forget they have ever visited Spain. Valencia do have a good squad, which bodes well for Neville, however, if you are expecting him to be able to overhaul Real Madrid and the red-hot Barcelona team destroying everyone in their path, you may need to take a step back and re-evaluate your thought process!

David Moyes Sacked! But Who Has Replaced Him?

Poor David Moyes. After just under a year in charge of Real Sociedad, the Scotsman has found himself on the dung heap again. He must be wishing that he never the left the security of Everton, where he was adored by the fans and respected by the players. However, with his Real Sociedad team second from bottom, you cannot blame the club’s owners for showing the 52-year-old the boot.

Sociedad wasted no time in replacing Moyes, mere hours after announcing his departure, the club announced former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Eusebio Sacristán as their new manager. The 51-year-old has been in charge of Barcelona B for the past 4 years, and now clearly Sociedad believe he is ready to take charge of a team who are struggling in La Liga.

Although you have to feel sorry for Moyes after his torrid times at La Real and Manchester United, there is no doubting he will back in management soon, or, if failing that, punditry… after all, BT Sport seem to be taking on anyone who has some kind of connection with football!