Magilton up to 35th as others leave

SAM Allardyce is today expected to be unveiled as the Newcastle United manager.While Allardyce walks straight back into a job, the precarious nature of football management was highlighted when Stuart Pearce was last night sacked by Manchester City just hours after Paul Jewell quit Wigan Athletic.

By Derek Davis

SAM Allardyce is today expected to be unveiled as the Newcastle United manager.

While Allardyce walks straight back into a job, the precarious nature of football management was highlighted when Stuart Pearce was last night sacked by Manchester City just hours after Paul Jewell quit Wigan Athletic.

Pearce was the fifth manager to leave a Premiership club in a little over a month after Sam Allardyce resigned from Bolton Wanderers last month not long after Chris Coleman was booted out at Fulham, followed by Glenn Roeder at St James' Park.

The fragility of the job market among the 92 managers can be illustrated by how high the Ipswich and Colchester managers rank among the longest-serving bosses.

Magilton has shot up to 35th, while the U's Geraint Williams is now 50th, following yesterday's double departure.

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With Dario Gradi stepping down as Crewe manager after 24 years to step up into a director of football role, Sir Alex Ferguson is now the longest serving boss with 21 seasons under his belt.

Hereford boss Graham Turner is next in line with nearly 12 years of service at Edgar Street, while Arsene Wenger is the second longest-serving Premiership boss after being appointed Arsenal manger in September 1996.

Steve Cotterill has held the job as manager longer than anyone else in the Championship with almost three years at Burnley followed by George Burley at Southampton and then Billy Davies at Derby.

If one of those is promoted then Magilton will become the fifth longest serving manager in the Championship before he celebrates his anniversary, with Adie Boothroyd at Watford and Neil Warnock at Sheffield United rejoining the division, although the Blades may part company with their manager.

Chris Hutchings, who was Jewell's assistant at Wigan has been handed the manager's job at the JJB Stadium repeating the sequence of events at Bradford City when he took over from Jewell who quit as Bantams boss days after keeping them up in the Premiership on the last day of the season.

Jewell insists he just wants a break from football with the past three months taking a toll on his health and personal live.

That has not stopped speculation that he is set to be the Manchester City manager in the wake of Pearce's departure, although Davies has also been strongly linked whatever the outcome of the play-offs.

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