Fulham’s Martin Jol is the man who currently finds himself at the sharp end of 31/50 favouritism in bwin’s next manager to go betting, but he’ll know as well as anyone that you can’t keep a good gaffer down, as our five unexpected managerial revivals illustrate.
Plucked from relative obscurity to assist Tottenham boss Jacques Santini and then promoted to replace him, Jol delivered successive fifth places for Spurs before being ousted in favour of Juande Ramos after a poor start to the 2007/08 campaign.
He was given a go at Hamburg – whom he took to the UEFA Cup semis and another fifth place – the following season, before moving to Ajax where he improved their previous season’s points total by 17 points and lifted the Dutch Cup.
The enduring image of McClaren’s time in the England hotseat is of the rain teaming down upon his umbrella as his Three Lions side became the first to fail to qualify for a major tournament in 14 years.
He next surfaced at FC Twente, managing them to a second-placed Eredivisie finish in his first campaign before leading the club to its first ever League title at the expense of Jol’s Ajax in 2009/10.
After steering Reading to promotion from Division Two and then West Ham to the Premier League, the former Crystal Palace star was one of the game’s brightest managerial prospects, but his eventual sacking at the Boleyn Ground was followed by a miserable spell at Charlton.
Just over two years later he was drafted in at Newcastle after the unpopular sacking of Chris Hughton, but overcame fans’ misgivings before leading the Magpies to survival, followed the next season by an incredible run to the brink of the Champions League places.
Saving Macclesfield from relegation and winning League Two with MK Dons were among the achievements that persuaded Blackburn to take a risk on appointing Ince, whose lack of readiness for top level management was highlighted when a fan took a picture of his notebook during a game.
It simply read ‘SHOOT’ and the former England international lasted just 21 games at Ewood Park.
A return to Stadium:MK followed by a spell at Notts County failed to revive his fortunes, but despite attempting to tender his resignation at Blackpool over the summer he has led them to the edge of the Championship play-offs.
After winning the Champions League at Liverpool few should have been in any doubt that the Spaniard was a manager of rare gifts, yet following Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan proved an impossible task and he lasted a mere 25 games at San Siro before beginning a two year hiatus.
He proved that was a mere blip when taking over at Chelsea – a club where he was hated from his Liverpool days – and delivering his detractors a Europa League trophy and Champions League qualification.