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Premier League
Season 2008–09
Champions Manchester United
11th Premier League title
18th English title
Relegated West Bromwich Albion
Newcastle United
Middlesbrough
Champions League Manchester United (group stage)
Liverpool (group stage)
Chelsea (group stage)
Arsenal (playoff round)
Europa League Everton (playoff round)
Aston Villa (playoff round)
Fulham (third qualifying round)
Matches played 380
Goals scored 942 (2.48 per match)
Top goalscorer Nicolas Anelka (19)
Biggest home win Manchester City 6–0 Portsmouth (21 September 2008)
Biggest away win Hull City 0–5 Wigan Athletic (30 August 2008)
Middlesbrough 0–5 Chelsea (18 October 2008)
West Bromwich Albion 0–5 Manchester United (27 January 2009)
Highest scoring Arsenal 4–4 Tottenham Hotspur (29 October 2008)
Liverpool 4–4 Arsenal (21 April 2009)
(8 goals)

The 2008–09 Premier League season (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the 17th season since the establishment of the Premier League in 1992. Manchester United became champions for the 11th time on the penultimate weekend of the season, defending their crown after winning their tenth Premier League title on the final day of the previous season. They were run close by Liverpool, who had a better goal difference and who had beaten United home and away, including a dramatic 4–1 victory at Old Trafford, but who were undone by a series of disappointing draws. The campaign – the fixtures for which were announced on 16 June 2008 – began on Saturday, 16 August 2008,[1] and ended on 24 May 2009. A total of 20 teams contested the league, consisting of 17 who competed the previous season and three promoted from the Football League Championship. The new match ball was the Nike T90 Omni.

Starting with this season, clubs were now allowed to name seven substitutes on the bench instead of five.[2] This season was also different in that there was no New Year's Day game, as is traditional. This was because the FA Cup Third Round is traditionally played on the first Saturday in January, which in 2009 fell in the usual spot for New Year's league games.[3] September saw Manchester City taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group, transforming them into one of the worlds wealthiest football clubs, securing the signing of Robinho for a British record £32.5 million just seconds before the 2008 summer transfer window closed in the process.[4]

The first goal of the season was scored by Arsenal's Samir Nasri against newly promoted West Bromwich Albion in the fourth minute of the early kick-off game on the opening day of the season on 16 August.[5] Gabriel Agbonlahor of Aston Villa scored the first hat-trick of the season against Manchester City, scoring three goals in the space of seven minutes.[6] Manchester United clinched the 2009 Premier League title with a scoreless draw against Arsenal on 16 May 2009, their 11th Premier League title, and 18th League title overall, drawing level with fierce rivals Liverpool who finished as runners-up. It is the second time they clinched the title for three consecutive years, the first being in 2001.

West Bromwich Albion were the first team to be relegated to the Championship after losing 2–0 at home to Liverpool on 17 May 2009. They were joined in the Championship by Middlesbrough and Newcastle United on the last day of the season after Middlesbrough's defeat at West Ham United and Newcastle's 1–0 defeat at Aston Villa. It meant that Hull City and Sunderland stayed up despite home defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea respectively. The fact that Hull City avoided relegation (along with Stoke City – who stayed up relatively comfortably under the shrewd stewardship of Tony Pulis), meant it was the first time since the 2005–06 season that more than one promoted club maintained their Premier League status. Aston Villa, Everton and Fulham all secured European football for the 2009–10 season through their league position.[7]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 28 6 4 68 24 +44 90 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Liverpool 38 25 11 2 77 27 +50 86
3 Chelsea 38 25 8 5 68 24 +44 83
4 Arsenal 38 20 12 6 68 37 +31 72 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5 Everton 38 17 12 9 55 37 +18 63 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Aston Villa 38 17 11 10 54 48 +6 62
7 Fulham 38 14 11 13 39 34 +5 53 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
8 Tottenham Hotspur 38 14 9 15 45 45 0 51
9 West Ham United 38 14 9 15 42 45 −3 51
10 Manchester City 38 15 5 18 58 50 +8 50
11 Wigan Athletic 38 12 9 17 34 45 −11 45
12 Stoke City 38 12 9 17 38 55 −17 45
13 Bolton Wanderers 38 11 8 19 41 53 −12 41
14 Portsmouth 38 10 11 17 38 57 −19 41
15 Blackburn Rovers 38 10 11 17 40 60 −20 41
16 Sunderland 38 9 9 20 34 54 −20 36
17 Hull City 38 8 11 19 39 64 −25 35
18 Newcastle United (R) 38 7 13 18 40 59 −19 34 Relegation to Football League Championship 2009–10
19 Middlesbrough (R) 38 7 11 20 28 57 −29 32
20 West Bromwich Albion (R) 38 8 8 22 36 67 −31 32

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
For further information on European qualification see Premier League – Qualification for European competitions.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Since the finalists of the FA Cup (Chelsea and Everton) had qualified for Europe via their league position,the sixth-placed team received the Europa League play-off round berth. Due to Manchester United winning the League Cup,their place was given to the seventh-placed team in the league.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST BLB BOL CHE EVE FUL HUL LIV MCI MUN MID NEW POR STK SUN TOT WBA WHU WIG
Arsenal 0–2 4–0 1–0 1–4 3–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 4–1 0–0 4–4 1–0 0–0 1–0
Aston Villa 2–2 3–2 4–2 0–1 3–3 0–0 1–0 0–0 4–2 0–0 1–2 1–0 0–0 2–2 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–0
Blackburn Rovers 0–4 0–2 2–2 0–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 3–0 2–0 3–0 1–2 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–0
Bolton Wanderers 1–3 1–1 0–0 0–2 0–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–1 4–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 0–0 3–2 0–0 2–1 0–1
Chelsea 1–2 2–0 2–0 4–3 0–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 4–0 2–1 5–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–1
Everton 1–1 2–3 2–3 3–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–3 3–1 3–0 0–0 2–0 3–1 4–0
Fulham 1–0 3–1 1–2 2–1 2–2 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 2–1 3–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–2 2–0
Hull City 1–3 0–1 1–2 0–1 0–3 2–2 2–1 1–3 2–2 0–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–4 1–2 2–2 1–0 0–5
Liverpool 4–4 5–0 4–0 3–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 3–1 3–0 0–0 3–2
Manchester City 3–0 2–0 3–1 1–0 1–3 0–1 1–3 5–1 2–3 0–1 1–0 2–1 6–0 3–0 1–0 1–2 4–2 3–0 1–0
Manchester United 0–0 3–2 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 3–0 4–3 1–4 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 5–0 1–0 5–2 4–0 2–0 1–0
Middlesbrough 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–3 0–5 0–1 0–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–0
Newcastle United 1–3 2–0 1–2 1–0 0–2 0–0 0–1 1–2 1–5 2–2 1–2 3–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–2 2–2
Portsmouth 0–3 0–1 3–2 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–3 2–0 0–1 2–1 0–3 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 1–4 1–2
Stoke City 2–1 3–2 1–0 2–0 0–2 2–3 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 2–0
Sunderland 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–4 2–3 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–3 1–2 2–0 2–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 4–0 0–1 1–2
Tottenham Hotspur 0–0 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 4–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–0
West Bromwich Albion 1–3 1–2 2–2 1–1 0–3 1–2 1–0 0–3 0–2 2–1 0–5 3–0 2–3 1–1 0–2 3–0 2–0 3–2 3–1
West Ham United 0–2 0–1 4–1 1–3 0–1 1–3 3–1 2–0 0–3 1–0 0–1 2–1 3–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 0–2 0–0 2–1
Wigan Athletic 1–4 0–4 3–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–1

Source: Barclays Premier League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

  • First goal of the season: Samir Nasri for Arsenal against West Bromwich, 3 minutes and 40 seconds. (16 August 2008).[5]
  • Last goal of the season: Kenwyne Jones for Sunderland against Chelsea, 90 minutes. (24 May 2009)
  • Fastest goal in a match: 31 secondsSteve Sidwell for Aston Villa against Everton (7 December 2008))[8]
  • Goal scored at the latest point in a match: 90+4 minutes and 56 secondsCarlton Cole for West Ham United against Blackburn (30 August 2008)[9]
  • First own goal of the season: Robert Huth (Middlesbrough) for Tottenham Hotspur, 90+2 minutes and 28 seconds (16 August 2008)[10]
  • First hat-trick of the season and fastest hat-trick of the season: Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) against Manchester City, 7 minutes and 3 seconds (17 August 2008)[6]
  • Most goals scored by one player in a match: 4 goalsAndrei Arshavin (Arsenal) against Liverpool, 36', 67', 70', 90' (21 April 2009)[11]
  • Widest winning margin: 6 goals – Manchester City 6–0 Portsmouth (21 September 2008)[12]
  • Most goals in a match: 8 goals
    • Arsenal 4–4 Tottenham Hotspur (29 October 2008)[13]
    • Liverpool 4–4 Arsenal (21 April 2009)[11]
  • Most goals in one half: 7 goals – Liverpool v Arsenal (21 April 2009) 0–1 at half time, 4–4 final[11]
  • Most goals in one half by a single team: 5 goals – Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur (25 April 2009) 0–2 at half-time, 5–2 final[14]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals[15]
1 Nicolas Anelka Chelsea 19
2 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 18
3 Steven Gerrard Liverpool 16
4 Robinho Manchester City 14
Fernando Torres Liverpool 14
6 Gabriel Agbonlahor Aston Villa 12
Darren Bent Tottenham Hotspur 12
Kevin Davies Bolton Wanderers 12
Dirk Kuyt Liverpool 12
Frank Lampard Chelsea 12
Wayne Rooney Manchester United 12

Clean sheets[edit]

  • Most clean sheets – Manchester United (24)
  • Fewest clean sheets – Hull City (6)

Discipline[edit]

Table related statistics[edit]

Overall[edit]

  • Most wins – Manchester United (28)
  • Fewest wins – Middlesbrough and Newcastle United (7)
  • Most losses – West Bromwich Albion (22)
  • Fewest losses – Liverpool (2)
  • Most goals scored – Liverpool (77)
  • Fewest goals scored – Middlesbrough (28)
  • Most goals conceded – West Bromwich Albion (67)
  • Fewest goals conceded – Chelsea and Manchester United (24)

Home[edit]

  • Most wins – Manchester United (16)
  • Fewest wins – Hull City (3)
  • Most losses – Hull City (11)
  • Fewest losses – Liverpool (0)
  • Most goals scored – Manchester United (43)
  • Fewest goals scored – Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic (17)
  • Most goals conceded – Hull City (36)
  • Fewest goals conceded – Tottenham Hotspur (10)

Away[edit]

  • Most wins – Chelsea (14)
  • Fewest wins – West Bromwich Albion (1)
  • Most losses – Middlesbrough (15)
  • Fewest losses – Liverpool (2)
  • Most goals scored – Arsenal (37)
  • Fewest goals scored – West Bromwich Albion (10)
  • Most goals conceded – Stoke City (40)
  • Fewest goals conceded – Manchester United (11)

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Longest injury time: 11 minutes, 2 seconds – Stoke City against Tottenham Hotspur (19 October 2008)[25]

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
August[26] Gareth Southgate Middlesbrough Deco Chelsea
September[27][28] Phil Brown Hull City Ashley Young Aston Villa
October[29] Rafael Benítez Liverpool Frank Lampard Chelsea
November[30] Gary Megson Bolton Wanderers Nicolas Anelka Chelsea
December[31] Martin O'Neill Aston Villa Ashley Young Aston Villa
January[32] Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United Nemanja Vidić Manchester United
February[33] David Moyes Everton Phil Jagielka Everton
March[34] Rafael Benítez Liverpool Steven Gerrard Liverpool
April[35] Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United Andrei Arshavin Arsenal

Annual awards[edit]

League Managers' Association Manager of the Year[edit]

The LMA Manager of the Year award was won by David Moyes after leading Everton to back-to-back fifth place finishes and the FA Cup Final.[36]

PFA Players' Player of the Year[edit]

The PFA Players' Player of the Year award for 2009 was won by Ryan Giggs of Manchester United.

The shortlist for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award was as follows:

PFA Young Player of the Year[edit]

The PFA Young Player of the Year award was won by Ashley Young of Aston Villa.

The shortlist for the award was as follows:

PFA Team of the Year[edit]

Goalkeeper: Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United)
Defence: Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidić (all Manchester United)
Midfield: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs (both Manchester United), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)
Attack: Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), Fernando Torres (Liverpool)

PFA Fans' Player of the Year[edit]

Steven Gerrard was named the PFA Fans' Player of the Year.[37]

FWA Footballer of the Year[edit]

The Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award for 2009 was won by Steven Gerrard for the first time. The Liverpool captain saw off the challenges of Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs and forward Wayne Rooney, who finished second and third respectively.

Barclays Premier League Merit Award[edit]

  • Aston Villa and former Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Brad Friedel was honoured with the Barclays Premier League Merit Award after reaching 167 consecutive Premier League appearances on 5 December 2008.[38]
  • Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar collected the Barclays Premier League Merit Award after breaking the Premier League record for minutes played without conceding a goal, spanning 11 consecutive clean sheets from Stoke City on 15 November 2008 to West Bromwich Albion on 27 January 2009.[39]
  • Portsmouth goalkeeper David James was honoured with the Barclays Premier League Merit Award after he broke the Premier League's appearance record with 536 appearances on 14 February 2009 in Portsmouth's 2–0 victory over Manchester City.[40]

Barclays Spirit Award[edit]

The Barclays Spirit Award is given to "the player or manager whose actions best encapsulate the spirit of the game". In recognition for leading his club to the top of the Fair Play league, the Barclays Spirit Award for 2008–09 was given to Fulham manager Roy Hodgson.[41]

Barclays Premier League Fair Play Award[edit]

The Fair Play Award is merit given to the team who has been the most sporting and best behaved team. Fulham won this, ahead of London neighbours Chelsea and Arsenal. Hull City were deemed the least sporting side, finished in last place in the rankings[42][43][44]

Behaviour of the Public League[edit]

Given to the best-behaved fans. Fulham won this for the third consecutive year in a row, rounding off a hat-trick of sporting awards.[42] Stoke fans were the worst behaved in the 2008–09 season.[44]

Barclays Player of the season[edit]

Nemanja Vidić, 27, won the Barclays Player of the Season accolade for the first time.[45]

Barclays Manager of the season[edit]

Sir Alex Ferguson, 67, picked up the Barclays Manager of the Season for the tenth time. During his hugely successful spell with Manchester United, which began in 1986, he won eleven Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, three European titles, one Intercontinental Cup and one Club World Cup.[46]

Barclays Golden Glove[edit]

Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar collected the Barclays Golden Glove for the first time. He kept a total of 21 clean sheets in 33 appearances, including a record run of 11 consecutive clean sheets (1,311 minutes) from Stoke City on 15 November 2008 to West Bromwich Albion on 27 January 2009.

Barclays Golden Boot[edit]

Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka won the Barclays Golden Boot for the first time. He scored 19 goals in 35 appearances, which ensured he finished as the season's top scorer.

Personnel and kits[edit]

(as of 24 May 2009)

Club Manager Captain Manufacturer Sponsor Notes
Arsenal Arsène Wenger Cesc Fàbregas Nike Fly Emirates New home kit, red with a thick white stripe on both sides of the shirt, rather than the traditional all-white sleeves.[47] New away kit, yellow with navy.[48] Last season's away kit became the third kit.
Aston Villa Martin O'Neill Martin Laursen Nike Acorns Acorns Children's Hospice replaced 32Red as kit sponsor, as Aston Villa forwent sponsorship payments.[49] New home kit, claret with blue. New away kit, blue with black. The previous season's away kit became the third kit only for 32Red was replaced by Acorns as the shirt sponsor.
Blackburn Rovers Sam Allardyce Ryan Nelsen Umbro Crown Paints AkzoNobel's Crown Paints replaced Bet 24 as kit sponsor.[50] New away kit, navy with blue and white stripes, and the previous season's away kit became the third kit.
Bolton Wanderers Gary Megson Kevin Davies Reebok Reebok New home kit, white with navy, reverted to the traditional navy short. New away kit, gold with slate.
Chelsea Guus Hiddink John Terry Adidas Samsung Samsung remained as the kit sponsor without the mobile division. New home kit, blue with white and yellow. New away kit, black with white. New third kit, yellow with blue. Goalkeeper home was bright orange with black and away GK was navy with blue/white.
Everton David Moyes Phil Neville Umbro Chang New home kit, blue with white. New away kit, white with navy and silver. New third kit, fluorescent yellow with navy.[51]
Fulham Roy Hodgson Danny Murphy Nike LG New home kit, white with black.[52] Away Shirt red and black halves. 3rd shirt all bright yellow with black trim.
Hull City Phil Brown Ian Ashbee Umbro Karoo (H) / Kingston Communications (A, 3rd) New home kit reverted to the traditional amber and black stripes.[53] New away kit, flint with amber. The previous season's away kit became the 3rd kit.
Liverpool Rafael Benítez Steven Gerrard Adidas Carlsberg New home kit, red with white. New away kit, grey with red. New third kit, green with white and black.
Manchester City Mark Hughes Richard Dunne Le Coq Sportif Thomas Cook New home kit, light blue with white and navy. New away kit, black and red stripes.[54] New third kit, fluorescent orange with black and navy.[55]
Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson Gary Neville Nike AIG New away kit, white with blue and red.[56] New third kit, all blue, commemorated the 40th anniversary of the club's first European Cup title.[57]
Middlesbrough Gareth Southgate Emmanuel Pogatetz Erreà Garmin New home kit reverted to the traditional red with a white chestband. New away kit, blue and black stripes.[58]
Newcastle United Alan Shearer Nicky Butt Adidas Northern Rock New away kit, purple with white. New third kit, silver with white.
Portsmouth Paul Hart David James Canterbury Oki New club crest.[59] New home kit, blue with gold, commemorated the club's 110th anniversary.
Stoke City Tony Pulis Andy Griffin Le Coq Sportif Britannia New home kit, red and white stripes.[60] New away kit, yellow with blue.[61]
Sunderland Ricky Sbragia Dean Whitehead Umbro Boylesports New home kit, red and white stripes, reverted to the traditional red sock.[62] New away kit, black and blue stripes,[63] and the previous season's away kit became the third kit.
Tottenham Hotspur Harry Redknapp Ledley King Puma Mansion.com
Casino & Poker
New home kit, white with navy, reverted to the traditional navy short. New away kit, light blue with navy. New third kit, black with gold.
West Bromwich Albion Tony Mowbray Jonathan Greening Umbro None New home kit, navy and white stripes. New away kit, bright yellow with navy shorts.
West Ham United Gianfranco Zola Matthew Upson Umbro XL Holidays / SBOBET XL Holidays began the season as kit sponsor, but collapsed.[64] From the point of XL's collapse the team strip featured a white patch over the sponsor logo that displayed the player's number in black. SBOBET became kit sponsor on 3 December 2008.[65] New home kit, claret with blue.[66] New away kit, light blue with claret and white, and the previous season's away kit became the third kit.[67]
Wigan Athletic Steve Bruce Mario Melchiot Champion JJB Sports New club crest.[68][69][70]

Also, Nike provided new match balls, white with red and yellow (autumn/spring) and yellow with purple and black (winter), based on their T90 Laser II Omni model.

Stadium[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
Manchester United Old Trafford 76,212
Arsenal Emirates Stadium 60,432
Newcastle United St James' Park 52,387
Sunderland Stadium of Light 49,000
Manchester City City of Manchester Stadium 47,726
Liverpool Anfield 45,276[71]
Aston Villa Villa Park 42,640
Chelsea Stamford Bridge 42,055
Everton Goodison Park 40,157
Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane 36,240
West Ham United Upton Park 35,303
Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 35,100
Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park 31,367
Bolton Wanderers Reebok Stadium 28,723
Stoke City Britannia Stadium 28,000
Fulham Craven Cottage 26,500
Hull City KC Stadium 25,404
West Bromwich Albion The Hawthorns 25,369
Wigan Athletic JJB Stadium 25,138
Portsmouth Fratton Park 20,224

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing Manner Date Table Incoming Date Table
Chelsea Avram Grant Sacked 24 May 2008[72] 2nd (07–08) Luiz Felipe Scolari 1 July 2008[73] Pre-season
West Ham United Alan Curbishley Resigned 3 September 2008[74] 5th Gianfranco Zola 11 September 2008[75] 5th
Newcastle United Kevin Keegan Resigned 4 September 2008[76] 11th Joe Kinnear [1] 26 September 2008[77] 19th
Tottenham Hotspur Juande Ramos Sacked 25 October 2008[78] 20th Harry Redknapp 26 October 2008[78] 20th
Portsmouth Harry Redknapp Tottenham Hotspur purchased rights for £5m 26 October 2008[78] 7th Tony Adams 28 October 2008[79] 7th
Sunderland Roy Keane Resigned 4 December 2008[80] 18th Ricky Sbragia 27 December 2008[81] 14th
Blackburn Rovers Paul Ince Sacked 16 December 2008[82] 19th Sam Allardyce 17 December 2008[83] 19th
Portsmouth Tony Adams Sacked 9 February 2009[84] 16th Paul Hart [2] 9 February 2009[84] 16th
Chelsea Luiz Felipe Scolari Sacked 9 February 2009[85] 4th Guus Hiddink [3] 11 February 2009[86] 4th
Newcastle United Joe Kinnear Medical break clause 16 February 2009 13th Alan Shearer [4] 31 March 2009[87] 18th
  • ^1 Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear was originally appointed as interim manager until the end of October on 26 September, signed a one month contract extension on 24 October, and was named manager until the end of the English football season on 28 November.
  • ^2 Portsmouth caretaker manager Paul Hart was appointed on 9 February. On 3 March chairman Alexandre Gaydamak confirmed the appointment would be until at least the end of the English football season.[88]
  • ^3 Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink remained Russia manager until the end of the English football season, when he left Chelsea and returned to his Russia duties on a full-time basis.
  • ^4 Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear took leave from Newcastle United following heart bypass surgery on 16 February. His assistants, Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood, were appointed to serve as caretaker managers until his return, which was understood might not occur before the end of the English football season. On 31 March, Alan Shearer was appointed manager until the end of the season, as Joe Kinnear was not able to return to his Newcastle United duties until the end of the English football season. After the season ended, both Joe Kinnear and Alan Shearer left the club permanently, and Chris Hughton was appointed manager during the course of the following season.
  • ^5 Roberto Martínez was announced to be manager on 9 June, however due to complications surrounding the appointment of backroom staff, the deal was not finalised and officially announced until 15 June.

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