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The Managerial Merry-go-round: from Moyes to Van Gaal and everyone in-between… The employment law implications

Dr Mark Butler

Introduction

As the premier league season drew to an end on 11 May 2014 the inevitable question was who would be the next manager to be sacked. The season had already seen a number of high profile dismissals, including Paulo Di Canio from Sunderland (less than six months after being appointed), Martin Jol from Fulham (2 ½ years into his reign), Andre Villas-Boas from Tottenham Hotspur (17 months after taking charge), Malky Mackay from Cardiff City (2 ½ years in charge), Michael Laudrup from Swansea City (less than 12 months in charge) and Chris Hughton from Norwich City (just under two years in charge). However, the dismissal that attracted most media interest was that of David Moyes (formerly) of Manchester United, who received his marching orders on 22nd April 2014, only 10 months in to a reported six year contract.

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