7 Bizarre Managerial Firings After Massimiliano Allegri's Juventus Exit

7 Bizarre Managerial Firings After Massimiliano Allegri's Juventus Exit

Rene Otinga
updated at May 17, 2024 at 9:16 PM
In this article:
Juventus logo
Italian Serie A logo
ITA Serie A
Real Madrid logo
Real Madrid
Sunderland logo
Brighton Hove Albion logo
Brighton Hove Albion
English EFL Trophy logo
ENG EFL Trophy
  • Massimiliano Allegri was sacked by Juventus just two days after winning the Coppa Italia
  • Juventus announced the manager was sacked because of his antics during the final
  • Allegri’s dismissal is one of many that have come under bizarre circumstances in football

PAY ATTENTION: Checkout Fixtures; Live Scores; Results and Tables section on Sports Brief and never miss out on the action ⚽️

Managerial sackings are part and parcel of the sports.

However, some dismissals have come under extraordinary circumstances in the past.

Allegri, Juventus, Sack, Manager, strange, Gus Poyet, Fabio Capello.
Massimiliano Allegri was sacked by Juventus on Friday, May 17. Photo: Giuseppe Maffia.
Source: Getty Images

One such instance occurred on Friday, May 17, when Juventus decided to part ways with Massimiliano Allegri, just days after the Italian guided the Old Lady to a Coppa Italia triumph.

The club did not try to be subtle in their reasons for sacking Allegri, citing the Italian’s conduct during the game against Atalanta as the key reason.

"The dismissal follows certain behaviours during and after the Italian Cup final which the club deemed incompatible with the values ​​of Juventus and with the behaviour that those who represent it must adopt," a statement read.

Allegri went viral for taking off his jacket in anger and nearly getting physical with the fourth official after a decision failed to go his side’s way.

Sports Brief explores other sackings that occurred under strange circumstances.

Gus Poyet sacking on live TV

This has to be one of the most brutal ways one can find out about their sacking.

In 2013, Brighton and Hove Albion boss, Gus Poyet, learnt he had been sacked as the Seagulls boss while working as a pundit on live TV.

The Uruguayan appeared for a BBC coverage of the Confederations match between Spain and Nigeria, where the programme's host, Mark Chapman, read out the brutal statement that he had been dismissed.

Fabio Capello sacked after winning La Liga

Another bizarre sacking was that involving Fabio Capello and Real Madrid.

The former England boss was sacked just 11 days after guiding Los Blancos to a La Liga triumph in 2007.

Despite ending Real Madrid’s trophy drought, the club’s board was not a fan of Capello’s brand of football and decided to cut ties.

Martin Jol sacked during a game

It gets weirder.

Martin Jol had a tough spell at Tottenham Hotspur. Despite leading the club to consecutive fifth-place finishes, there were rumours that he could face the sack in 2007.

During a UEFA Cup Group G match at home to Spanish side Getafe, rumours were rife at half-time that Jol and his assistant Chris Hughton would be dismissed. The rumours proved to be true.

Iffy Onuora sacked after complaining about cows

Perhaps one of the strangest sackings on the list, former Huddersfield Town striker, Iffy Onuora, was dismissed as Ethiopia’s national team coach because of a complaint he made to the country’s footballing board.

According to Four Four Two, Onuora had to clear cattle from the pitch for a training session, and this inconvenience made him take up the issue with the board, which did not receive the allegations well.

Roberto D’Aversa sacked for headbutting a player

In a more recent incident, Italian outfit, Leece, sacked their manager Roberto D’Aversa for violent conduct against an opposition player, per BBC.

On March 10, 2024, Leece lost 1-0 to Verona in a fiery game that spilt over late on, with Verona striker Thomas Henry getting into it with D’Aversa.

A day later, D’Aversa lost his job.

Frank de Boer sacked after four games

In one of the shortest managerial stints in Premier League history, Crystal Palace sacked Frank de Boer after just 77 days.

The Dutchman came into the club with a strong managerial reputation after successful spells with Ajax and Inter, but after four defeats in a row, the Eagles board decided they had seen enough.

Paul Sturrock sacked but asked to stick around

Imagine getting sacked, and your former employers later seek your services for one last dance.

This is precisely what happened to Paul Sturrock, who was sacked by Southend as the club battled for a play-off place.

In an interesting twist, the club offered the former Dundee United manager the chance to manage the club in the EFL Trophy final at Wembley, but he declined the offer, instead opting to watch the final with fans in the stands.

The shortest managerial reigns

Sports Brief also reported on the shortest managerial reigns in the Premier League.

As mentioned earlier, Frank de Boer’s stint with Crystal Palace ranks high on this list.

Les Reed had the shortest managerial time in English top flight, lasting just 41 days as Charlton boss.

Rene Otinga photo
Rene Otinga
Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.