4 of the Shortest Managerial Reigns in Football History

The managerial merry-go-round is a notoriously white-knuckle ride for those who try to build a career as football managers and the average length of a job as the number one at a club is continually falling. The following four managerial reigns however, are spectacularly short even given that increasing trend for poor managerial job security.

4. Jorg Berger – Five Days at Arminia Bielefield


Born on the 13th October 1944 in what is now Poland, Jorg Berger had a relatively short career as a professional footballer but more than made up for it with close to four decades’ worth of managerial positions. Taking charge of no fewer than 21 different teams in his career as a manager, Berger’s final appointment came on the 18th May 2009, nearly four years after his previous job.

German side Arminia Bielefield were fighting relegation from the Bundesliga and put Berger in charge for their final game of the season. In spite of his huge amount of experience, Berger could only deliver a 2-2 draw which was not enough to avoid the drop and he was swiftly informed that his services were no longer required.