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Jeff, Swansea – 24 October 2014

Hi gaff how many managers have managed four or more different clubs in the Premier League and who have they managed and when?

The Gaffer says:

Redknapp PA

Harry Redknapp and Mark Hughes have both been in charge of five different clubs in the Premier League. Redknapp has managed West Ham (1994-01), Portsmouth (2003-04 and 2005-08), Southampton (2004-05), Tottenham (2008-12) and QPR (2012-13 and 2014-present), while Hughes's clubs include Blackburn (2004-08), Manchester City (2008-09), Fulham (2010-11), QPR (2012) and Stoke (2013-present). Five men have managed four different clubs: Ron Atkinson - Aston Villa (1992-94), Coventry (1995-96), Sheffield Wednesday (1997-98) and Nottingham Forest (1999). Roy Hodgson - Blackburn (1997-98) Fulham (2007-10), Liverpool (2010-11) and West Brom (2011-12). Graeme Souness - Liverpool (1992-94), Southampton (1996-97), Blackburn (2001-04) and Newcastle (2004-06). Sam Allardyce - Bolton (1999-07), Newcastle (2007-08), Blackburn (2008-10) and West Ham (2012-present). Steve Bruce - Birmingham (2002-06), Wigan (2007-09), Sunderland (2009-11) and Hull (2013-present). Nb: Years only include their time in the Premier League.

Scott, Hull – 24 October 2014

Hi Gaffer! Just wondering I know Defoe got five goals in one Premier League game has anyone else beat that?

The Gaffer says:

Four players have scored five in one match but that's the most to date: Andrew Cole (for Manchester United v Ipswich on 4 March 1995), Alan Shearer (for Newcastle v Sheffield Wednesday on 19 September 1999), Jermain Defoe (for Tottenham v Wigan on 22 November 2009) and Dimitar Berbatov (for Manchester United v Blackburn on 27 November 2010).

James Wood, Preston – 23 October 2014

Hey Gaff, do you happen to know how many Premier League goals of his 176 Wayne Rooney has scored from the penalty spot?

The Gaffer says:

Rooney PA

Seventeen of his 176 goals have been penalties, which places him joint 11th on the spot-kick scoring list behind Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Matt Le Tissier, Thierry Henry, Teddy Sheringham, David Unsworth, Gareth Barry, Peter Beardsley and Danny Murphy.

Bob, Nottingham – 23 October 2014

Hi Gaffer, regarding England players with the shortest playing time on their debut am I right in thinking that Kevin Hector of Derby County was only on for 5mins in the 1973 World Cup Qualifier against Poland?

The Gaffer says:

Hector only officially played two minutes against Poland after coming on as an 88th minute substitute in that infamous World Cup qualifier at Wembley on 17 October 1973. He was presented with an immediate chance to score but his header was hacked off the line. The following month he made his second and final appearance in a 1-0 friendly defeat at home to Italy. The Derby forward was again used as a substitute, replacing Allan Clarke in the 74th minute, taking his total England playing time to 18 minutes.

Wes, Luton – 23 October 2014

Which club has dropped out of the Premier League the most?

The Gaffer says:

Crystal Palace. The Eagles have been relegated from the Premier League four times to date - 1992-93, 1994-95, 1997-98 and 2004-05.

Frederick Gillespie, Nottingham – 15 May 2014

Gaffer, my wife informs me that this season has seen a record number of managers leaving their posts in the Premiership? when was the previous record set and what was it?

The Gaffer says:

I wish my wife casually dished out football trivia over the dinner table! She's spot on. There were 10 managerial departures during the 2013/14 Premier League season, and 12 if you count Tim Sherwood and Pepe Mel, who technically left after the season had ended. The previous record was in 2008/09, when there were nine, but again 12 if you count the proceeding summer. They were, in chronological order, Alan Curbishley (resigned at West Ham), Kevin Keegan (quit Newcastle), Juande Ramos (sacked by Spurs), Harry Redknapp (left Portsmouth for Spurs), Roy Keane (resigned from Sunderland), Paul Ince (sacked by Blackburn), Tony Adams (sacked by Portsmouth), Luiz Felipe Scolari (sacked by Chelsea) and Joe Kinnear (stepped down at Newcastle). Then after the season had finished Guus Hiddink left as interim manager of Chelsea, Ricky Sbragia resigned at Sunderland and Steve Bruce left Wigan to replace him on Wearside.

Richard, St Helens – 15 May 2014

Which nine players have scored for six different Premier League clubs

The Gaffer says:

Bellamy PA

Craig Bellamy has now scored for seven different Prem clubs, making him the sole the record holder. He's netted for Coventry, Newcastle, Blackburn, Liverpool, West Ham, Man City and Cardiff. The others are: Andrew Cole (Newcastle, Man Utd, Blackburn, Fulham, Man City and Portsmouth), Les Ferdinand (QPR, Newcastle, Tottenham West Ham, Leicester, Bolton), Robbie Keane (Coventry, Leeds, Tottenham, Liverpool, West Ham and Aston Villa), Nicolas Anelka (Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City, Bolton, Chelsea and West Brom), Darren Bent (Ipswich, Charlton, Tottenham, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Fulham), Marcus Bent (Crystal Palace, Ipswich, Leicester, Everton, Charlton and Wigan), Peter Crouch (Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham and Stoke) and Nick Barmby (Tottenham, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leeds, Liverpool and Hull).

Dr Evil, Planet Zorb – 3 April 2014

What significant goal did Moritz Voltz score?

The Gaffer says:

Moritz Volz was the rather unlikely scorer of the Premier League's 15,000th goal when he netted for Fulham against Chelsea in December 2006. Other Prem goalscoring landmarks are as follows: 1000th - Mike Newell (Blackburn v Forest, April 1993), 2000th - Mick Quinn (Coventry v Man City, Feb 1994), 5000th - Chris Sutton and Andy Townsend jointly (Blackburn v Leicester and Aston Villa v Southampton, December 1996), 10,000th - Les Ferdinand (Tottenham v Fulham, December 2001) and 20,000th - Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa v Arsenal, December 2011).

Sam, Suffolk – 31 March 2014

Can you name the player (outfielder) who has played the most Premier League games without scoring?

The Gaffer says:

Kenny Cunningham PA

That particular 'accolade' belongs to Kenny Cunningham, whose personal goal record during his 10-year Premier League career is completely blank. In all he played 335 top-flight matches (starting 334 of them, and coming off the bench just once) for Wimbledon and Birmingham without ever hitting the net. He did score just one goal as a professional - it was for Millwall in Division One (i.e. second tier) in a 2-2 draw away to Portsmouth on 2 April 1994.

Liam, Buxton – 7 October 2014

With Watford sacking Billy McKinlay after two games, what is the short reign ever by a manager?

The Gaffer says:

Rosenior PA

Undoubtedly Leroy Rosenior's 10 minutes in charge of Torquay during his second spell at the Gulls. Regular readers will be familiar with the tale, but for those that aren't, Rosenior was unveiled as the Conference-bound side's new manager on 17 May 2007. However, just 10 minutes later, chairman Mike Bateson phoned him to say he'd sold the club to a new consortium and the new owners' first act was to relieve Rosenior of his duties. He said afterwards: "I did the press conference, I did all the interviews, and within 10 minutes, Mike called me to let me know he had actually sold the club. It was something that I knew was going to happen but I didn't think it was going to happen after 10 minutes."

Wally Thomson, Norwich – 9 June 2014

Who is the youngest player ever to play at a World Cup?

The Gaffer says:

An old one but as it's that time of the year... Norman Whiteside, aged 17 years and 41 days, for Northern Ireland against Yugoslavia in 1982. Pele is the youngest to play in the final. He was 17 years and 249 days old when he scored twice in Brazil 5-2 victory against Sweden in 1958.

Frederick Gillespie, Nottingham – 15 May 2014

Gaffer, my wife informs me that this season has seen a record number of managers leaving their posts in the Premiership? when was the previous record set and what was it?

The Gaffer says:

I wish my wife casually dished out football trivia over the dinner table! She's spot on. There were 10 managerial departures during the 2013/14 Premier League season, and 12 if you count Tim Sherwood and Pepe Mel, who technically left after the season had ended. The previous record was in 2008/09, when there were nine, but again 12 if you count the proceeding summer. They were, in chronological order, Alan Curbishley (resigned at West Ham), Kevin Keegan (quit Newcastle), Juande Ramos (sacked by Spurs), Harry Redknapp (left Portsmouth for Spurs), Roy Keane (resigned from Sunderland), Paul Ince (sacked by Blackburn), Tony Adams (sacked by Portsmouth), Luiz Felipe Scolari (sacked by Chelsea) and Joe Kinnear (stepped down at Newcastle). Then after the season had finished Guus Hiddink left as interim manager of Chelsea, Ricky Sbragia resigned at Sunderland and Steve Bruce left Wigan to replace him on Wearside.

Richard, St Helens – 15 May 2014

Which nine players have scored for six different Premier League clubs

The Gaffer says:

Bellamy PA

Craig Bellamy has now scored for seven different Prem clubs, making him the sole the record holder. He's netted for Coventry, Newcastle, Blackburn, Liverpool, West Ham, Man City and Cardiff. The others are: Andrew Cole (Newcastle, Man Utd, Blackburn, Fulham, Man City and Portsmouth), Les Ferdinand (QPR, Newcastle, Tottenham West Ham, Leicester, Bolton), Robbie Keane (Coventry, Leeds, Tottenham, Liverpool, West Ham and Aston Villa), Nicolas Anelka (Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City, Bolton, Chelsea and West Brom), Darren Bent (Ipswich, Charlton, Tottenham, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Fulham), Marcus Bent (Crystal Palace, Ipswich, Leicester, Everton, Charlton and Wigan), Peter Crouch (Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham and Stoke) and Nick Barmby (Tottenham, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leeds, Liverpool and Hull).

David Forster, Co.Durham – 23 April 2014

Hi Gaffer, There is one team in the United Kingdom with a letter in there name that no other club has, what is the letter and who is ths team?

The Gaffer says:

I'm feeling in a good mood this afternoon so I'll indulge you this one old chestnut! It's St Johnstone; the only league team in Great Britain with a J in their name.

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