The Biggest Coaching Disasters

The Houston Texans have pulled the pin on the Bill O’Brien era after a series of questionable roster moves left the team languishing at 0-4.

When he took over in 2014, there were high hopes for the NFL’s youngest team that he would be the guy to take them to the Super Bowl.

Despite having a talent laden roster, O’Brien took more and more control over the team’s personnel decisions and traded away some of their best players.

In the end O’Brien the coach paid for the mistakes of O’Brien the GM and the former’s tenure will now be remembered for some insanely bad decisions.

Check out some of the other bad coaching tenures below.

David Moyes – Manchester United

When it comes to disastrous coaching hires, David Moyes succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson is the benchmark of bad moves.

At the time it actually made a lot of sense, given his fantastic work with Everton but he barely lasted 10 months, getting sacked before the end of his first season in charge when the club.

Maybe he wasn’t the Chosen One after all…

Richard Graham – Queensland Reds

When Ewen McKenzie ascended to the Wallabies job in 2013, the Queensland Reds hired Richard Graham to replace him and however it was supposed to play out, the exact opposite happened.

After amassing an underwhelming resume with the Western Force, Graham was the surprise choice for the Reds and his tenure there produced some pretty poor results.

Remarkably, despite a 28% winning rate in his first two seasons in charge, his contract was extended by the Reds much to the chagrin of… pretty much everyone.

It didn’t last though as he was sacked not long into the 2016 season after an embarrassing loss to Graham’s former club in Brisbane.

Malcolm Blight – St Kilda

Blight’s coaching resume was nothing short of impeccable when he was appointed to take over St Kilda ahead of the 2001 season.

After all he’d won 89 of 145 games with Geelong and a couple of premierships with Adelaide so he was absolutely the right man for the job… until he wasn’t.

After 15 rounds the club decided it was time to part ways with Blight and he made his thoughts on his time with the Saints known with this rant.

Mark Neeld – Melbourne Demons

When it comes to unsuccessful coaching stints, Mark Neeld’s time with the Dees was one of the all time disasters.

He left Collingwood during the 2011 finals to start work with Melbourne, where he won a paltry 5 of 33 games in charge when the club decided that enough was enough.

By the sounds of things the playing group was not too fond of him either.

Barry Melrose – Tampa Bay Lightning

Barry Melrose had it made, working as the lead NHL analyst on ESPN and decided to jump back into the hot seat, taking a job with the Tampa Bay Lightning as the head coach in June 2008.

His preseason must have been diabolical considering that he coached just 16 (out of 82) games for the Bolts before getting fired in November with just five wins in that time.

By January 1, 2009 he was back behind the microphone calling the Winter Classic for the four letter network.

Rick Pitino – Boston Celtics

Basketball coach Rick Pitino is now well known for his transgressions in his time coaching the Louisville Cardinals but his stint with the Boston Celtics was an absolute horror show.

He definitely did not enjoy his time in Boston with his most famous saying in that time “all the negativity that’s in this town stinks.”

To top it all off he got rid of some franchise icons and assumed full control on this team.

When he called into a Boston radio station in 2013 to promote his book… well you can imagine how it went.

Bobby Valentine – Boston Red Sox

After the infamous chicken and beer in the clubhouse collapse which lead to Terry Francona’s firing in 2011, you would think the Red Sox could not get any worse in the following season.

Enter Bobby Valentine, who was taking his first MLB job since managing the Mets in 2002 and his since then had been with the Japanese club Chiba Lotte and ESPN’s MLB telecast.

managed the team to a paltry 69-93 record including a 9-20 August and 7-22 September/October.

Unsurprisingly, Valentine was fired the day after their final game in 2012.

Sadly we didn’t see any of these antics in his time at Fenway Park.

Brian Smith – Roosters

The Roosters are one of the benchmarks in the NRL at the moment, chasing their third straight premiership but the Brian Smith era is one that did not pan out the way it was supposed to.

Things got off to a decent start, making the Grand Final in 2010 before losing to the Dragons but the next two seasons were disasters by Roosters standards.

He took them to 11th in 2011 and 13th in 2012 before the club decided that enough was enough and gave him his marching orders at the end of that season.

It’s hard to see how this guy could have been sacked two years after this happened but it did.

Trent Barrett – Manly

Hiring a former player as a coach is not a new thing and it can go either way, just ask Trent Barrett, whose coaching career got off to a rough start with Manly.

His first season went quite well, finishing sixth and making the finals before the nose dive began in spectacular fashion over the next two seasons.

He took charge of 72 games for Manly and lost 43 of them, before he was replaced by Des Hasler despite never being officially sacked.

After spending some time as an assistant to Ivan Cleary at Penrith, Barrett is making another foray into the head coaching ranks, taking over the Bulldogs for the 2021 season.

Tim Sheens – North Queensland Cowboys

In the ultimate cruel twist of fate, Tim Sheens spent four and a half awful seasons with the Cowboys before being sacked in 2001.

With a record of 27 wins from 103 games coached, the locals in Townsville were happy to ship him back to New South Wales.

He took over the Tigers in 2003 and in his third season, lead them to a Grand Final triumph… over the Cowboys.

Wally Lewis – Gold Coast Seagulls

The King might have been able to do just about everything on the field but coaching from the sideline was clearly not his thing.

He started off as a player-coach in 1992 before ending his playing career ahead of the 1993 campaign.

With a record of 7 wins, 1 draw and 36 defeats it is unsurprising to see why Coach Lewis was never really a thing.

We’ll just remember the best moments from his playing days instead.