Michael Jolley lasted fewer than two months, and just seven games, at Barrow

Barrow sack Michael Jolley after seven games, just 57 days since his first


Barrow have sacked manager Michael Jolley after only seven games in charge with the club stuck in the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone.

Jolley was appointed on December 23, signing a two-and-a-half year contract, and formally took over after the Boxing Day win over Port Vale.

But he was unable to improve the Bluebirds’ fortunes as they slipped into the bottom two in the table.

Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Morecambe was a fourth straight league defeat, leaving them a point behind 22nd-placed Southend – although they have two games in hand.

Assistant Rob Kelly has been named as caretaker ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Oldham.

Chairman Paul Hornby said: “It has become apparent even in such a short space of time that unfortunately the board and Michael have differing visions for how the team should play, which has led to this change being made.

“We believe that it’s best to recognise this now and make the change early so that the team can concentrate on the remaining games of the season. We’d like to thank Michael for all of his hard work and wish him well in his future career.”


Shortest managerial reigns in English football

  • 31 days: Paul Scholes – Oldham, 2019
  • 28 days: Paul Hart – QPR, 2010
  • Eight days: Billy McKinlay – Watford, 2014
  • Three days: Dave Bassett – Crystal Palace, 1984
  • 10 minutes: Leroy Rosenior – Torquay, 2007

Famously short managerial reigns

Brian Clough is a legend at Derby and Nottingham Forest... less so at Leeds
  • Brian Clough – Leeds

Between hugely successful spells in charge at Derby and Nottingham Forest, Clough had a 44-day stint as Leeds boss in 1974.

Having arrived at the reigning league champions from Brighton in July to succeed new England manager Don Revie, Clough reportedly promptly told the players to throw their medals in the bin.

He subsequently oversaw six league matches and only one win before being sacked – and then made a memorable appearance on the ITV Calendar chat show alongside Revie.

His time at Leeds was later the subject of David Peace’s novel The Damned Utd, which was adapted into a film released in 2009.

  • Frank de Boer – Crystal Palace

The Dutchman had the Premier League’s shortest ever reign for a permanent boss in terms of matches managed – just four at Palace at the start of the 2017-18 season.

The Eagles lost all four games, without scoring once, and De Boer was replaced by Roy Hodgson, who would go on to keep them up despite no goals or points being registered for a further three fixtures.

  • Paul Scholes – Oldham

The former Manchester United and England midfielder was appointed as boss at his boyhood club in February 2019 on an 18-month deal, and things looked very encouraging as the Sky Bet League Two side won their first game 4-1 against Yeovil.

Three draws and three defeats then followed before Scholes left after 31 days in charge, saying in a statement: “In the short period since I took on the role it unfortunately became clear that I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role.”

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