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Who has managed the most Premier League teams?

A number of quality managers have plied their trade in the Premier League over the years.


The likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho will go down as some of the all-time greatest managers in the history of the Premier League for their achievements.

But the majority of big names have only ever managed one or two English sides.

So which manager has taken charge of the most Premier League teams in the competition’s history?

5: Alan Pardew (5)

Alan Pardew’s first Premier League job came at West Ham. The Hammers appointed Pardew as manager in 2003. He won promotion to the Premier League in 2004/05 before finishing 9th in the top-flight the following campaign. He was sacked in December 2006.

He was then swiftly appointed as Charlton boss the same month but failed to keep them in the Premier League before being sacked in 2008.

Pardew’s next PL appointment came in 2010 when he joined Newcastle and spent just over five years at the club. He then left Newcastle in early 2015 to join Crystal Palace where he spent just under a year.

Pardew’s final Premier League job saw him manage West Brom between November 2017 and April 2018.

4: Harry Redknapp (5)

Harry Redknapp’s first managerial job in the Premier League came at one of his former clubs, West Ham. He took over in 1994 and established the Hammers as a Premier League side, bringing through players such Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, and Frank Lampard along the way before his exit in 2001.

Shortly after his Hammers exit, Redknapp was named as Portsmouth’s sporting director before becoming their manager in 2002. He left the Saints in 2004 for Southampton, where he spent just under a year and oversaw a relegation to the Championship.

Redknapp then joined Tottenham after a second spell at Portsmouth. He left Spurs in 2012 with his final PL job a three-year stint at QPR.

3: Roy Hodgson (6)

Hodgson’s first role in the Premier League came in in 1997 with Blackburn Rovers. He had a decent first season and achieved UEFA Cup qualification, before a disappointing second season saw him sacked with the club bottom of the table.

Hodgson then spent several years abroad before returning to England in 2007 to manage Fulham, whom he was able to get to the UEFA Cup final. This attracted interest from Liverpool, who appointed him in 2010.

Said spell did not go to plan, though, and he was sacked after 6 months before taking over West Brom.

After leaving West Brom for England in 2017, Hodgson returned to the PL in 2017 to manage Crystal Palace. His final job was a six-month spell at Watford in 2022.

2: Mark Hughes (6)

Mark Hughes also managed six Premier League sides throughout his career. His first job was a four-year spell at Blackburn between 2004/2008.

Manchester City then appointed the former Manchester United player in 2008 but he was sacked in 2009 after the club was taken over.

Hughes then spent just under a year with both Fulham and QPR before a five-year stint with Stoke City. His final Premier League appointment came in March of 2018 when he joined Southampton before being sacked in December of the same year.

1: Sam Allardyce (8)

Sam Allardyce’s first taste of Premier League football came in 2001 when he won promotion with Bolton. He went on the build an impressive Bolton side that reached the 2004 League Cup final before losing out to Middlesbrough.

He left in 2007 for a brief spell with Newcastle. Allardyce then spent two years at Blackburn and four years with West Ham.

Following his stint with the Hammers, Allardyce garnered a reputation as someone clubs would bring in to avoid relegation. The former England boss was able to keep Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Everton up during brief spells in charge.

His final job was with West Brom, who are the only team he was unable to avoid the drop with.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.


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