Football: The most humiliating managerial sackings - as Jose Mourinho prepares to replace Louis van Gaal

Manchester United Louis van Gaal looks on after winning the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday morning (NZT). Photo / Getty Images
Manchester United Louis van Gaal looks on after winning the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday morning (NZT). Photo / Getty Images

After months of rumour, whispers and games from Jose Mourinho's camp it now looks all systems go for the former Chelsea manager to finally replace Louis van Gaal at Manchester United.

Winning the FA Cup has not been enough to save Van Gaal from losing his position at Old Trafford with Mourinho's appointment expected to be confirmed early this week. The Dutchman isn't the first manager to be humiliated by the handling of goings on 'behind the scenes'. Here are a fair few other managers who have a right to feel aggrieved by the way they have been treated.

Bruce Rioch, Queens Park Rangers

Before Twitter even existed, or for that matter Google, Ceefax provided football fans with their most up to date source of information. But it was here where former Arsenal coach Bruce Rioch discovered his time was up at QPR back in 1997.

A simple 'Rioch sacked by QPR' headline was all it took for Rioch to discover that he needed to get his coat.

Martin Jol, Tottenham

Spurs couldn't even wait until the end of their Uefa Cup game with Getafe back in 2007 as news filtered down to the Dutchman at half-time that he had lost the confidence of the board. Jol received a text message from a friend informing him he was to be fired after overseeing the club's worst start to a campaign in 19 years with just one win in 10 league matches.

Mark Hughes, Manchester City

Hughes was cruelly given the boot just minutes after guiding City to a 4-3 win over Sunderland in December 2009. Word had already leaked out that he was to be dismissed with Roberto Mancini quickly appointed as his successor. Hughes was well aware during the Sunderland clash it was to be his last match in charge and waved goodbye to the crowd before giving an emotional farewell address to his squad in the dressing room afterwards.

Leroy Rosenior, Torquay

Leroy Rosenior had only been unveiled by Torquay in May 2007 to find out 10 minutes later that the club's shareholder had sold a 51 per cent stake to hand the keys over to a new owner. The incoming consortium wanted their own man in, leaving Rosenior in the embarrassing position of being welcomed by everyone and then swiftly saying his goodbyes.

Saban Yildirim, Sakaryaspor

Turkish Super League side Sakaryaspor opted to sack their manager on live TV back in 2011. Yildirim was expecting to field some angry calls from fans in the televised phone-in show when Sakaryaspor board member Cihan Yildiran called in to verbally give him his P45 saying "Saban humiliated the club, so he is removed."

Sir Bobby Robson, Fulham

The former England coach suffered the degrading verdict that he had lost his first ever managerial job at Craven Cottage when he saw the headline 'Robson sacked' in the Evening Standard back in 1968. Luckily it didn't have a detrimental effect on the rest of his career as he went on to achieve success with Ipswich, Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven - among others.

Gus Poyet, Brighton

Brighton decided to axe Poyet while he was working as a pundit for BBC Sport. Poyet was informed of the Championship club's decision when BBC Three production staff took him to one side to show him a statement during their Confederations Cup coverage back in June 2013. "I've still had no communication from the club," said Poyet when he was asked about the situation by BBC presenter Mark Chapman. He then added: "I'm probably the first to be in this position. Everyone can make their own conclusions about the way I have been informed by you.

"I think the BBC got a great story forever really because a manager getting the information that he's been released from his employment during the time of a programme is quite surprising."

Avram Grant, Chelsea

The Israeli endured constant whispers over his future at Stamford Bridge during his eight-month tenure which saw him challenge Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United in the title race up until the final day and lose the Champions League final to the same opposition. Grant was sacked three days after defeat in Moscow, telling friends he felt "betrayed, upset and angry" about the decision.

Trevor Francis, Crystal Palace

Former Palace chairman Simon Jordan couldn't wait a day longer to dismiss manager Trevor Francis that he delivered the news on his birthday back in 2003. Jordan later said: "Trevor Francis didn't take it very well. He just sat there quietly and said 'but it's my birthday'. I had no idea, what could I do? I said 'Many happy returns, Trev' and gave him his P45.

Nigel Adkins, Southampton

Another manager to discover their fate on TV, Atkins had returned from Southampton's 2-2 draw with Chelsea to catch up on the news, only to find out he was actually the news. Or more to the point Mauricio Pochettino was taking over his role without Adkins even being privy to the decision in January 2013.

- Daily Telegraph UK

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