Managerless Sunderland prop up the Premier League with only a single point gained so far and are now even money second-favourites to lose their top-flight status this season.
With Paolo Di Canio’s six-month reign at the club now over we look at some other gaffers who didn’t last long in their respective hot-seats.
Rafael Benitez at Inter Milan
Having led Liverpool to two Champions League finals and lifting the trophy in 2005 Benitez seemed the perfect choice to conduct an orderly transition at Inter Milan, after Jose Mourinho’s treble-winning season at the club ended with the Portuguese defecting to Real Madrid three years ago.
However, with the club seventh in Serie A after 17 games and torn to shreds by Gareth Bale in Europe, Napoli’s current coach was sacked following a public spat with chairman Massimo Moratti over player recruitment.
Jaques Santini at Tottenham
Tottenham signed up French national team coach Santini to take over at White Hart Lane following his country’s defence of their European Championship title at Euro 2004.
The former Lyon coach was expected to inject some Gallic flair into the Lilywhites play, but after Les Blues’ bottled their quarter-final against Greece it was said that he had actually made France play like Spurs.
His tenure in north London lasted just 13 games when, after finding working alongside sporting director Frank Arneson tough, he resigned and Martin Jol was promoted from assistant to the top job shortly afterwards.
Rene Meulensteen at Anzhi Makhachkala
After more than ten years working under Sir Alex Ferguson at Man Utd, Dutch coach Meulensteen was handed the seemingly attractive task of steering Samuel Eto’o, Willian et al to success in the Russian Premier League with the Dagestan side.
Just 16 days into his tenure, with the club winless after the first four games of the season, owner Suleiman Kerimov sacked Meulensteen and announced the previously massive budget for players would be severely cut.
Steve Claridge at Portsmouth and Millwall
Better known these days for his BBC work, Claridge was bumped out of the hotseat at Portsmouth after just 23 games in favour of former Chelsea assistant Graham Rix in February 2001.
At Millwall four years later, Claridge did not even preside over one game after being hired at the end of the 2004/05 season and fired 36 days later, with former Lions chairman Theo Paphitis expressing his concern that the club would struggle to stay in the Championship with the former Leicester striker in charge.
Claridge was replaced by Colin Lee and Millwall were relegated to League One the following May.