It wasn’t the best of starts for Frank Lampard as the new Chelsea manager after his side suffered a 4-0 trashing to Manchester United on Sunday.
However, we are going to take a look at the top five managerial stints from the past which started with a disappointing result.
Alex Ferguson, Manchester United
Debut: Oxford United 2-0 Manchester United, 1986
The Scottish manager, who spent a staggering 27 successful years at the helm of Manchester United, got off to a poor start in charge as he lost his debut fixture against Oxford 2-0 back in 1986.
He left the Red Devils with a total of 38 trophies including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies. Oxford United, on the other hand, were in National League football by 2006 and now they are in League One.
Overall it’s fair to say that Ferguson was better off in this one!
Pep Guardiola, Barcelona
Debut: Numancia 1-0 Barcelona, 2008
Considered one of the best managers in world football, Pep Guardiola started to make a name for himself when he took over Barcelona. Then 37, the Spanish manager suffered an opening day 1-0 loss to Numancia in 2008.
This result on the manager’s debut as Barcelona manager gad sparked numerous doubts over his ability to guide the Spanish side to glory.
However, he immediately managed to shut off these doubts as he went on to win nineteen of his next 20 league matches and was able to win the La Liga, Copa del Rey as well as the Champions League that season.
Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool
Debut: West Brom 3-0 Liverpool, 2012
Considering Rodgers’ failure to help Liverpool maintain their status as one of Europe’s elite sides, he actually came pretty close in the 2013/14 season as the Reds finished in second place just two points behind winners Manchester City.
Despite the great season they had under Rodgers, his spell as a Liverpool started with a shocking 3-0 loss against West Brom with Romelu Lukaku netting in his first Premier League goal in the match.
Jupp Heynckes, Bayern Munich
Debut: Bayern Munich 0-1 Borussia Monchengladbach, 2011
Jupp Heynckes had four separate stints at Bayern Munich, but his third (2011-13) saw him win a treble of Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League – something no one other German side has managed.
However, things didn’t actually get off to an ideal start, as a howler from debutant Manuel Neuer allowed Igor de Camargo to net the solitary goal of the first game of the former Gladbach player’s tenure. Neuer would then keep eight straight clean sheets, and became the highest regarded ‘keeper in the world as Heynckes’ Bayern won the treble the following season.
Bobby Robson, Newcastle
Debut: Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle, 1999
Seventeen years passed between Robson’s last match in charge of Ipswich and the boyhood Newcastle fan’s emotional return to club management in England.
It was no dream start, however, as the Magpies slipped to a narrow defeat at Stamford Bridge – leaving them bottom of the league after six losses in their first seven games. An 8-0 win in Robson’s first home game sparked a strong recovery, and the iconic former England manager would take Newcastle into the Champions League during his five years at the club.