What happens to the Premier League clubs involved when managers swap sides mid-season?

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Steve Bruce and Graham Potter Credit: PA Images
Steve Bruce and Graham Potter Credit: PA Images

Graham Potter is the 11th manager to leave one Premier League club for another in the middle of a season. It does tend to benefit the poacher.

The following managers all left one club specifically to join another in the middle of a season. Those who were sacked by one team before rocking up at another months later do not count. Nor does anyone like Dean Smith, who just rebounded straight after getting sacked.

It makes for fairly positive reading for Chelsea’s new high school student.

 

Alan Pardew – Newcastle to Crystal Palace, December 2014
Newcastle record at time of his departure: 10th W7 D6 L7 F25 A31 Pts 27

Crystal Palace record at time of appointment: 18th W3 D8 L9 F20 A30 Pts 17

Newcastle record since departure to end of season: 19th W3 D3 L12 F15 A32 Pts 12

Crystal Palace record from appointment to end of season: 6th W10 D1 L7 F27 A21 Pts 31

Newcastle final position: 15th (down 5)

Crystal Palace final position: 10th (up 8)

Premier League meetings that season:

Newcastle 3-3 Crystal Palace (August 30, 2014 – Pardew draws at Newcastle)

Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle (February 11, 2015 – Pardew draws at Palace)

 

Owen Coyle – Burnley to Bolton, January 2010
Burnley record at time of his departure: 14th W5 D5 L10 F22 A40 Pts 20

Bolton record at time of appointment: 18th W4 D6 L8 F26 A36 Pts 18

Burnley record since departure to end of season: 20th W3 D1 L14 F20 A42 Pts 10

Bolton record from appointment to end of season: 12th W6 D3 L11 F16 A31 Pts 21

Burnley final position: 18th (down 4)

Bolton final position: 14th (up 4)

Premier League meetings that season:

Burnley 1-1 Bolton (December 26, 2009 – Coyle draws at Burnley)

Bolton 1-0 Burnley (January 26, 2010 – Coyle wins at Bolton)

 

Harry Redknapp – Portsmouth to Tottenham, October 2008
Portsmouth record at time of departure: 7th W4 D1 L3 F9 A13 Pts 13

Tottenham record at time of appointment: 20th W0 D2 L6 F5 A12 Pts 2

Portsmouth record since departure to end of season: 16th W6 D10 L14 F29 A44 Pts 28

Tottenham record from appointment to end of season: 6th W14 D7 L9 F40 A33 Pts 49

Portsmouth final position: 14th (down 7)

Tottenham final position: 8th (up 12)

Premier League meetings that season:

Portsmouth 2-0 Tottenham (September 28. 2008 – Redknapp wins at Portsmouth)

Tottenham 1-1 Portsmouth (January 18, 2009 – Redknapp draws at Tottenham)

 

Steve Bruce – Birmingham to Wigan, November 2007
Birmingham record at time of departure: 15th W3 D2 L8 F13 A20 Pts 11

Wigan record at time of appointment: 19th W2 D2 L10 F10 A25 Pts 8

Birmingham record since departure to end of season: 17th W5 D9 L11 F33 A42 Pts 24

Wigan record from appointment to end of season: 10th W8 D8 L8 F24 A26 Pts 32

Birmingham final position: 19th (down 4)

Wigan final position: 14th (up 5)

Premier League meetings that season:

Birmingham 3-2 Wigan (October 27, 2007 – Bruce wins at Birmingham)

Wigan 2-0 Birmingham (April 5, 2008 – Bruce wins at Wigan)

 

Graeme Souness – Blackburn to Newcastle, September 2004
Blackburn record at time of departure: 19th W0 D2 L2 F4 A8 Pts 2

Newcastle record at time of appointment: 17th W0 D2 L2 F6 A9 Pts 2

Blackburn record since departure to end of season: 13th W9 D13 L12 F28 A35 Pts 40

Newcastle from appointment to end of season: 10th W10 D12 L12 F41 A48 Pts 42

Blackburn final position: 15th (up 4)

Newcastle final position: 14th (up 3)

Premier League meetings that season:

Newcastle 3-0 Blackburn (September 11, 2004 – in between change)

Blackburn 1-1 Newcastle (December 26, 2004 – Souness draws at Newcastle)

 

Graeme Souness and Rafael Benitez on the touchline during a match Credit: PA Images
Graeme Souness and Rafael Benitez on the touchline during a match Credit: PA Images

 

Glenn Hoddle – Southampton to Tottenham, March 2001
Southampton record at time of departure: 8th W12 D8 L9 F34 A34 Pts 44

Tottenham record at time of appointment: 11th W10 D9 L11 F36 A38 Pts 39

Southampton record since departure to end of season: 16th W2 D2 L5 F6 A14 Pts 8

Tottenham record since appointment to end of season: 13th W3 D1 L4 F11 A16 Pts 10

Southampton final position: 10th (down 2)

Tottenham final position: 12th (down 1)

Premier League meetings that season:

Southampton 2-0 Tottenham (December 27, 2000 – Hoddle wins at Southampton)

Tottenham 0-0 Southampton (January 20, 2001 – Hoddle draws at Southampton)

 

George Graham – Leeds to Tottenham, October 1998
Leeds record at time of departure: 7th W2 D5 L0 F8 A4 Pts 11

Tottenham record at time of appointment: 13th W2 D2 L3 F8 A14 Pts 8

Leeds record since departure to end of season: 4th W16 D8 L7 F54 A30 Pts 56

Tottenham record since appointment to end of season: 11th W9 D12 L10 F39 A36 Pts 39

Leeds final position: 4th (up 3)

Tottenham final position: 11th (up 2)

Premier League meetings that season:

Tottenham 3-3 Leeds (September 26, 1998 – in between change)

Leeds 2-0 Tottenham (March 10, 1999 – Graham loses at Tottenham)

 

Brian Little – Leicester to Aston Villa, November 1994
Leicester record at time of departure: 22nd W2 D3 L9 F14 A26 Pts 9

Aston Villa record at time of appointment: 19th W3 D4 L8 F19 A27 Pts 13

Leicester record since departure to end of season: 21st W3 D8 L16 F29 A53 Pts 17

Aston Villa record since appointment to end of season: 11th W8 D11 L8 F32 A29 Pts 35

Leicester final position: 21st (up 1)

Aston Villa final position: 18th (up 1)

Premier League meetings that season:

Leicester 1-1 Aston Villa (December 3, 1994 – Little draws at Aston Villa)

Aston Villa 4-4 Leicester (February 22, 1995 – Little draws at Aston Villa)

 

Gerry Francis – QPR to Tottenham, November 1994
QPR record at time of departure: 18th W3 D4 L7 F20 A25 Pts 13

Tottenham record at time of appointment: 13th W5 D2 L6 F21 A26 Pts 17

QPR record since departure to end of season: 10th W9 D10 L9 F37 A40 Pts 37

Tottenham record since appointment to end of season: 7th W11 D12 L6 F42 A30 Pts 45

QPR final position: 8th (up 10)

Tottenham final position: 7th (up 6)

Premier League meetings that season:

Tottenham 1-1 QPR (October 8, 1994 – Francis draws at QPR)

QPR 2-1 Tottenham (May 6, 1995 – Francis loses at Tottenham)

 

Mike Walker – Norwich to Everton, January 1994
Norwich record at time of departure: 7th W10 D7 L6 F36 A26 Pts 37

Everton record at time of appointment: 16th W7 D4 L14 F22 A35 Pts 25

Norwich record since departure to end of season: 19th W2 D10 L7 F29 A35 Pts 16

Everton record since appointment to end of season: 17th W5 D4 L8 F20 A28 Pts 19

Norwich final position: 12th (down 5)

Everton final position: 17th (down 1)

Premier League meetings that season:

Everton 1-5 Norwich (September 25, 1993 – Walker wins at Norwich)

Norwich 3-0 Everton (March 21, 1994 – Walker loses at Everton)

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