By Michael Kachitsa
There have been coaches who have been the true embodiment of a club. Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge for nearly 27 years at Old Trafford, whilst Arsene Wenger has been at Arsenal for more than 15 seasons. But for Leroy Rosenior, his managerial reign lasted all of 10 minutes. He was appointed and sacked in 600 seconds as he broke the record for the shortest time in charge of a club. According to the British tabloid The Sun, the press were informed he was appointed as manager. However he was told 10 minutes later that his services had been disposed of by Torquay United, as the club had been taken over.
Leroy Rosenior is believed to have experienced the shortest managerial reign in English football history after reportedly being sacked by Torquay just ten minutes after taking the job.
However, Torquay managing director Debbie Hancox insists that Rosenior is still in charge of the club.
Rosenior was appointed as manager of the relegated League Two club last Thursday, only for chairman Mike Bateson to agree to immediately sell 51% of the club to a consortium – and Rosenior has reportedly claimed that the first act of the new owners was to relieve him of his duties.
The consortium is headed by Chris Boyce but reports had claimed that Colin Lee, who was the club’s director of football until being made redundant on May 14, was also invovled. It was claimed that Lee planned to re-appoint himself manager of the team. But Hancox denied that version of events. “Colin Lee is not invovled in the consortium at all. There are about eight people but he is not one of them.
“Nothing has happened to change Leroy’s position as yet. He was appointed on Thursday and the club then accepted a bid from a consortium which was accepted. Whoever the new owners decide to appoint as manager will be up to them but it is a long way from going through yet.”
Rosenior previously managed Torquay for four years and guided them to promotion to League 1 in 2004. The club was relegated the next season and he left the club by mutual consent the following January. If Rosenior has indeed been dismissed last week, he has beated the record for the shortest spell in charge of a club, which had hitherto been held by Dave Bassett, who was in charge of Crystal Palace for all of four days in 1984.