THE sacking of Stuart Gray took the tally of Yorkshire clubs who have parted company with their managers or head coaches to six since the start of last season.
The Steel City neighbours of Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United have dispensed with the services of those who led their sides into battle last term - in Gray and Nigel Clough - in the space of little over a fortnight and across South Yorkshire, Barnsley sacked Danny Wilson in February.
In West Yorkshire, Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has axed three full-time head coaches since the start of 2014-15, with David Hockaday sacked after 70 days, 38 days longer than his permanent successor Darko Milanic lasted in the dug out.
Neil Redfearn was also not retained and was given the push as head coach at the end of last term.
But the first managerial change of 2014-15 did not arrive at Leeds. It was across the A62 at Huddersfield Town, with Mark Robins leaving in the wake of a disastrous 4-0 home loss to Bournemouth on the opening day of the campaign.
Nigel Worthington also left York City in the autumn, resigning in mid-October.
Here is the timeline managerial changes across Yorkshire since the beginning of 2014-15 in chronological order.
1: MARK ROBINS - leaves Huddersfield Town, August 10, 2014.
The former Rotherham United and Barnsley boss was the first nationwide managerial departure of the 2014-15 campaign, leaving in the wake of Huddersfield’s wretched 4-0 opening day loss to Bournemouth, when he was heckled by fans.
After a meeting with Huddersfield’s board in the evening, it was mutually agreed Robins would step aside.
Robins took charge at Town in February 2013, helping them avoid relegation that year and then leading them to a 17th-place finish in 2013-14.
Town chairman Dean Hoyle said: “Following yesterday’s first day defeat, Mark met with the board of directors. At the conclusion of the meeting, Mark and the directors all agreed it would be in the interests of all parties to part company. “Accordingly, Mark’s contract has ended amicably and by mutual consent.
“Mark’s approach to this has been refreshing. He has always put the club before himself and worked tirelessly on the training ground to change our way of playing and we have seen that come to fruition.
“Mark will be someone that I personally, and we as a club, will always remain in contact with.”
Games in charge: 68 Wins: 23 Losses: 31 Draws: 14 Win percentage: 33.82.
2: DAVID HOCKADAY - sacked as Leeds United head coach, August 28, 2014
Hockaday was the bizarre left-field selection to succeed Brian McDermott in June 2014, with the former Forest Green boss handed a two-year deal - but in the event, he lasted just seventy days at the helm.
The ex-Swindon and Hull City full-back also took charge of just six matches, like Milanic, winning once in the league. He was given his marching orders shortly after a televised Capital One Cup derby defeat at Bradford City.
The move arrived four days after club owner Massimo Cellino backed out of a decision to sack him in the wake of a 4-1 humbling at Watford, when speculation was rife that Hockaday would be replaced.
Cellino said: “I’d like to thank David for his efforts over the last two and a half months.
“But the results since the start of the season have meant we needed to act and make this decision.
“After the defeat at Bradford, I realised that my decision to keep David at the club following the defeat at Watford was wrong, and I had to change my mind on the coach’s position.”
Games: 6 Wins: 2 Losses: 4 Draws: 0 Win percentage: 33.33
3: NIGEL WORTHINGTON - resigns as York City manager, October 13, 2015.
The vastly-experienced boss, who took the Minstermen to the play-off semi-finals in 2013-14, felt compelled to resign due to team performances not being up to his “high standards”, although the move came as a shock to the club’s supporters.
Worthington, exasperated by York’s disappointing start to the campaign and failure to build upon the previous season, came to his decision in the aftermath of a 3-1 defeat at Newport County, which left the side with a record of one win in 17 matches – and struggling at the wrong end of the table.
Worthington said: “After Saturday’s result and in the best interests of York City, I have made the difficult decision to leave the club with immediate effect.
“I feel the timing of my departure will give the players ample number of games to gain the points needed to ensure York City finishes in a good position in League Two by the end of the season.
“In recent weeks, performances have not been up to my high standards and I take full responsibility for this as manager.”
He was replaced by Russ Wilcox a few days later.
Games: 76. Won: 23 Losses: 24 Draws: 29 Win percentage: 33.3
4: DARKO MILANIC - sacked as Leeds United head coach, October 25, 2014.
Trigger-happy chairman Cellino sacked the Slovenian after just six games in charge of United, with his reign lasting a mere 32 days. His axing arrived shortly after the final whistle of Leeds’ 2-1 home loss to Wolves.
Cellino asked sporting director Nicola Salerno to deliver the news shortly after Milanic defended his position in his post-match press conference.
On ending Milanic’s reign, Cellino said: “I want to apologise to supporters, they deserve better results.”
Milanic’s tenure lasted 12 days less than Brian Clough’s infamous 44-day spell at Leeds in 1974.
Games: 6 Wins: 0 Losses: 3 Draws: 3 Win percentage: 0
5: DANNY WILSON - sacked by Barnsley, February 12, 2015.
Wilson’s second coming at Oakwell proved far less momentous than his first when he took the Reds to the top-flight for the only time in their history.
The vastly-experienced boss - who failed to prevent Barnsley from suffering relegation to League One when he took over in December 2013 - was axed after a 2-1 home loss to Fleetwood, when his side were booed off at the final whistle.
It proved the final straw for the board who decided to act with Barnsley floundering in mid-table of League One and being unable to mount a concerted play-off push in 2014-15. The club were seven points off the playoff places and seven off the relegation zone when Wilson was axed.
A club statement read: “Danny joined the club at a very difficult time which was a testament to his character and affection for the club – all the while demonstrating the utmost professionalism during his time with the club. Danny will always be welcome back at Oakwell.
“The success he brought during his initial period with the club is unrivalled and the club will be forever grateful for his achievements.
“However, recent performances and results have been concerning, considering the club currently boasts the fifth highest wage bill in League One in addition to a fourth highest equity donation by our owner.”
Games: 63. Wins: 19 Losses: 31. Draws: 13. Win percentage: 30.16
6: NEIL REDFEARN -contract not renewed as Leeds United head coach, May 2015.
Redfearn’s fate was effectively sealed before the end of the season, but it took after the final ball was kicked for it to be officially confirmed, with his replacement Uwe Rosler being appointed on May 20.
Redfearn’s rolling contract as head coach at Elland Road was due to expire on June 30 and Cellino - back in office at the start of May after serving a Football League suspension for breaching it’s Owners’ and Directors’ rules - showed no willingness to renew it.
An outspoken newspaper article when Cellino labelled Redfearn a “baby” with a “weak personality” pretty much ended the 49-year-old’s hopes of staying as head coach.
He has now announced his intention to return to his old post running the club’s academy, as part of the clause inserted into the deal which saw him take over as head coach on November 1.
Games: 33, Wins: 11 Losses: 15 Draws: 7. Win percentage: 33.34
7: NIGEL CLOUGH - sacked by Sheffield United, May 25, 2015.
Clough took the Blades to the semi-finals of English football’s two domestic cup competitions, the Capital One Cup and FA Cup, in his two seasons at Bramall Lane and also to the League One play-offs last term when they lost an incredible semi-final with Swindon Town.
In some respects, Clough was a victim of his own success in the cups, in the final analysis, although the decision to replace him was viewed as somewhat harsh in the wider footballing world.
Clough, after a brutal axing at previous club Derby County, suffered another painful blow for good measure, with the fact that the Blades will start a fifth successive season in League One in August counting against him. Nigel Adkins is his replacement, the club’s eighth manager in as many years.
Games: 104. Won: 49, Losses: 25 Draws: 30. Win percentage: 47.12
8: STUART GRAY - sacked by Sheffield Wednesday, June 11, 2015.
Despite steadying the ship at Hillsborough for 18 months, Gray was replaced by owner Dejphon Chansiri, perhaps paying the price for a name which lacked gravitas in the wider footballing world.
But the sacking was still seen as punitive by many, given that Gray has rescued Wednesday from relegation waters in 2012-13 and took them to 13th spot last term and was widely credited by his peers and sections of Owls supporters for doing a steady job under the circumstances.
Chansiri said: “This is not a decision I have taken lightly but one that I believe is in the best interests of our club ahead of the 2015-16 season.
“The club will be taking a new direction next season and it is my belief that the appointment of a new head coach will help achieve my desire of bringing Premier League football back to Hillsborough.”
Games: 84 Wins: 30 Losses: 29 Draws: 25 Win percentage: 35.71.