David Moyes

David Moyes gets a warning


History suggests David Moyes should be concerned about his position as West Ham manager once the sale of Declan Rice to Arsenal is sanctioned.

Research from OLBG has concluded clubs who sell English players for British record transfer fees change their managers within 13 months.

This figure has dropped dramatically in recent years, with managers since 1999 lasting just five months in charge after selling their best players.



Club Transferred From

Club Transferred To


Manager lasted

July 1992

Alan Shearer


Blackburn Rovers


18 months

July 1993

Roy Keane

Nottingham Forest

Manchester United


41 months

July 1994

Chris Sutton

Norwich City

Blackburn Rovers


9 months

January 1995

Andy Cole

Newcastle United

Manchester United


24 months

June 1995

Stan Collymore

Nottingham Forest



18 months

July 1996

Alan Shearer

Blackburn Rovers

Newcastle United


3 months

November 2000

Rio Ferdinand

West Ham United

Leeds United


6 months

July 2002

Rio Ferdinand

Leeds United

Manchester United


8 months

September 2013

Gareth Bale

Tottenham Hotspur

Real Madrid


3 months

August 2021

Jack Grealish

Aston Villa

Manchester City


3 months

June 2023

Declan Rice

West Ham United




Dean Smith and Andre Villas-Boas both lasted just three months apiece after selling Jack Grealish and Gareth Bale respectively.

Ray Harford also lasted just three months as Blackburn Rovers manager in 1996 after selling Alan Shearer to Newcastle United in 1996.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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