Yeah we wouldn't have got promoted with Lawrence but I wouldn't say he wasted our money, he bought Mohan & Sticks from Leicester, both were instrumental in our promotion.
Comparisons could be made with CT & Lawrence IMO!
Frank Stapelton ex Man U ,no idea how to motivate a side.He just picked up a wage packet every week and made some stupid comments in the local rag after each defeat.(Mind you most past Managers at this club are guilty of the above) and Colin Todd is starting to fall into this category.
Who was the guy that spent a relative fortune back in the 80's and took us from near premiership (div 1 as it was) to relegation and near bancrupcy? Was it Yorath?
He'd be high on my list with probably Hutchings/Richmond (whoever was in charge in our second premiership season).
Docherty for me as well. Jefferies comes high on the list for me as well, but not for the reasons outlined above.
I don't know how you can say Stapleton was our worst manager. He did an excellent job IMO. We had a mostly poor squad when he took over in 1991 - Dowson, Gardner, Morgan etc - and saved us that season with some canny loan signings - Noel Blake, Paul Reid etc - had absolutely no money until GR came along but still almost took us to the play offs in less than three seasons. Richmond should have given him a full season with the money he gave to Lennie I also felt.
John Docherty. never has so much crap been played at vp, and from the home side as well, don't know if we were brentford or bradford with all the cockneys in the team, although a close second would have to be Yorath
I don't agree with any on the nominations currently on this thread.
There has been, I agree been some poor managers,
However, their problems at finding success were exacabiated by various influences.
Jefferies for instance, very dour indeed, but came to the club when the board knew (if nit the fans) that we were heading quickly for financil meltdown. Jefferies replaced big earners with inferior but cheaper options.
Same goes for Docherty, his football was indeed crap, we knew what his football was about from his Millwall days when we appointed him, and again he had very little to work with finacially and did bring in a few players that earned us us valuable fees (eg Babb).
Hutchins wasn't cut out a manager, but a damn good coach as proving at Wigan, if he was honest with himself he'd probably admit it. And the fact he was been orchestrated from the board added to his woes.
I nominate the worst post war City manager Terry Yorath, he came into the hot seat after the club inexplicably sacked Dolan, he was starting to rebuild the side after losing Hendrie and SM, we finished mid-table in 88/89.
Yorath the brought in the likes off Tinnion, Quinn, Adcock and we still went on to relelgation in 89/90 under him.
He had money to spend and used it very unwisely, this set us back half a decade until BFG brought CK to the club and gave him a little financial backing
Jefferies. Even given some of the crap we've had in the hotseat, he manages to be miles and miles and miles in front of even his closest challenger.
He had 26 Games to keep us up and publicly gave up from day one. He then after relegation had a playing squad and wage bill unrivalled in League One and still managed to make us relegation fodder. Which had he not been given the push that Christmas, we would have gone that season. Dished out highly paid jobs and in the squad to his mates with no ability. Was the first manager to instill the blame every fecker but me mentality to the VP hotseat. In short a talentless f*ckwit, who is no more a football manager than Holloway is a roaming wingback!