2015–16 in English football

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Football in England
Season2015–16
Men's football
Premier League Leicester City
Championship Burnley
League One Wigan Athletic
League Two Northampton Town
Cheltenham Town
FA Cup Manchester United
EFL Trophy Barnsley
League Cup Manchester City
Community Shield Arsenal
Women's football
WSL 2 Reading
FA Women's Cup Arsenal
WSL Cup Arsenal
  2014–15 Flag of England.svg 2016–17  

The 2015–16 season was the 136th season of competitive association football in England.

Contents

Promotion and relegation

Pre-season

LeaguePromoted to leagueRelegated from league [1]
Premier League
Championship
League One
League Two
National League

New clubs

National teams

England national football team

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification Flag of England.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg Flag of Slovenia.svg Flag of Estonia.svg Flag of Lithuania.svg Flag of San Marino.svg
1Flag of England.svg  England 101000313+2830Qualify for final tournament 2–0 3–1 2–0 4–0 5–0
2Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 10703248+1621 0–2 3–2 3–0 4–0 7–0
3Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 105141811+716Advance to play-offs 2–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 6–0
4Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 1031649510 [lower-alpha 1] 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–0
5Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 103167181110 [lower-alpha 1] 0–3 1–2 0–2 1–0 2–1
6Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino 10019136351 0–6 0–4 0–2 0–0 0–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Tied on head-to-head results. Overall goal difference was used as the tiebreaker.
14 June 2015 Euro 2016 qualifying Slovenia Flag of Slovenia.svg 2–3 Flag of England.svg England Ljubljana, Slovenia
17:00 BST Novaković Soccerball shade.svg 37'
Pečnik Soccerball shade.svg 84'
Ilić Yellow card.svg 58'
Kampl Yellow card.svg 90+2'
Report Wilshere Soccerball shade.svg 57', 73'
Rooney Soccerball shade.svg 86'
Stadium: Stadion Stožice
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
5 September 2015 Euro 2016 qualifying San Marino Flag of San Marino.svg 0–6 Flag of England.svg England Serravalle, San Marino
17:00 BST Beradi Yellow card.svg 12' Report Rooney Soccerball shade.svg 13' (pen.)
Brolli Soccerball shade.svg 30' (o.g.)
Barkley Soccerball shade.svg 46'
Walcott Soccerball shade.svg 67', 78'
Kane Soccerball shade.svg 77'
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico
Attendance: 4,378
Referee: Leontios Trattou (Cyprus)
8 September 2015 Euro 2016 qualifying England Flag of England.svg 2–0 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland London, England
19:45 BST Kane Soccerball shade.svg 67'
Rooney Soccerball shade.svg 84' (pen.)
Milner Yellow card.svg 28'
Smalling Yellow card.svg 71'
Report Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 75,751
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
9 October 2015 Euro 2016 qualifying England Flag of England.svg 2–0 Flag of Estonia.svg Estonia London, England
19:45 BST Walcott Soccerball shade.svg 45'
Sterling Soccerball shade.svg 85'
Report Pikk Yellow card.svg 73'Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 75,427
Referee: Istvan Vad (Hungary)
12 October 2015 Euro 2016 qualifying Lithuania Flag of Lithuania.svg 0–3 Flag of England.svg England Vilnius, Lithuania
19:45 BST Spalvis Yellow card.svg 84'
Vaitkunas Yellow card.svg 89'
Report Barkley Soccerball shade.svg 29'
Arlaiskis Soccerball shade.svg 35' (o.g.)
Oxlade-Chamberlain Soccerball shade.svg 62'
Shelvey Yellow card.svg 78'
Vardy Yellow card.svg 79'
Stadium: LFF Stadium
Referee: Kenn Hansen (Denmark)

UEFA Euro 2016

England  Flag of England.svg1–1Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Dier Soccerball shade.svg 73' Report V. Berezutski Soccerball shade.svg 90+2'
Attendance: 62,343
England  Flag of England.svg2–1Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
Report Bale Soccerball shade.svg 42'
Attendance: 34,033
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Slovakia  Flag of Slovakia.svg0–0Flag of England.svg  England
Report
England  Flag of England.svg 1–2 Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland
Rooney Soccerball shade.svg 4' (pen.) Report R. Sigurðsson Soccerball shade.svg 6'
Sigþórsson Soccerball shade.svg 18'
Attendance: 33,901 [4]

Friendlies

7 June 2015 Friendly Republic of Ireland  Flag of Ireland.svg0–0Flag of England.svg  England Dublin, Ireland
13:00 BST McCarthy Yellow card.svg 44' Report Stadium: Aviva Stadium
Attendance: 43,486
Referee: Arnold Hunter (Northern Ireland)
13 November 2015 Friendly Spain  Flag of Spain.svg2–0Flag of England.svg  England Alicante, Spain
20:00 GMT Mario Soccerball shade.svg 72'
Cazorla Soccerball shade.svg 84'
Report Hart Yellow card.svg 85'Stadium: Estadio José Rico Pérez
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (Italy)
17 November 2015 Friendly England  Flag of England.svg2–0Flag of France.svg  France London, England
20:00 GMT Alli Soccerball shade.svg 39'
Rooney Soccerball shade.svg 48'
Report Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 71,223
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
26 March 2016 Friendly Germany  Flag of Germany.svg2–3Flag of England.svg  England Berlin, Germany
19:45 GMT Kroos Soccerball shade.svg 43'
Gómez Soccerball shade.svg 57'
Report Kane Soccerball shade.svg 61'
Vardy Soccerball shade.svg 74'
Dier Soccerball shade.svg 90+1'
Stadium: Olympiastadion
Attendance: 73,779
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)

England women's national football team

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

Group Stage
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of France.svg  France 320162+46Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of England.svg  England 320143+16
3Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 311143+14
4Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 30122861
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
9 June 2015 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group F France Flag of France.svg 1–0 Flag of England.svg England Moncton, Canada
17:00 BST Le Sommer Soccerball shade.svg 29' Report Stadium: Moncton Stadium
Attendance: 11,686
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi
13 June 2015 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group F England Flag of England.svg 2–1 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Moncton, Canada
20:00 BST Kirby Soccerball shade.svg 71'
Carney Soccerball shade.svg 82'Yellow card.svg 90+2'
Report Ibarra Soccerball shade.svg 90+1'
Garciamendez Yellow card.svg 64'
Stadium: Moncton Stadium
Attendance: 13,138
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley
17 June 2015 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group F England Flag of England.svg 2–1 Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia Montreal, Canada
20:00 BST Carney Soccerball shade.svg 15'
Williams Soccerball shade.svg 38' (pen.)
Scott Yellow card.svg 66'
Report Andrade Soccerball shade.svg 90+3'
Arias Yellow card.svg 35'
Usme Yellow card.svg 36'
Sepúlveda Yellow card.svg 84'
Stadium: Olympic Stadium
Attendance: 11,450
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard
Knockout Rounds
22 June 2015 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Round of 16 Norway Flag of Norway.svg 1–2 Flag of England.svg England Ottawa, Canada
21:00 BST Gulbrandsen Soccerball shade.svg 54' Report Houghton Soccerball shade.svg 61'
Bronze Soccerball shade.svg 76'
Stadium: Lansdowne Park
Attendance: 19,829
Referee: Esther Staubli
27 June 2015 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Quarter Final England Flag of England.svg 2–1 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Vancouver, Canada
00:30 BST Taylor Soccerball shade.svg 11'
Bronze Soccerball shade.svg 14'
Moore Yellow card.svg 63'
Report Sinclair Soccerball shade.svg 42'
Sesselmann Yellow card.svg 90+3'
Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 54,027
Referee: Claudia Umpierrez
1 July 2015 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Semi-Final Japan Flag of Japan.svg 2–1 Flag of England.svg England Edmonton, Canada
00:00 BST Miyama Soccerball shade.svg 33' (pen.)
Bassett Soccerball shade.svg 90+2' (o.g.)
Ōgimi Yellow card.svg 90'
Report Williams Soccerball shade.svg 40' (pen.)
Rafferty Yellow card.svg 31'
Stadium: Commonwealth Stadium
Attendance: 31,467
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley
4 July 2015 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Third Place Play-Off Germany Flag of Germany.svg 0–1 (a.e.t.) Flag of England.svg England Edmonton, Canada
00:00 BST Report Williams Soccerball shade.svg 108' (pen.)
Chapman Yellow card.svg 77'
Bardsley Yellow card.svg 83'
Bassett Yellow card.svg 92'
Stadium: Commonwealth Stadium
Attendance: 21,483
Referee: Ri Hyang-ok

2017 UEFA Women's European Championship qualification

Group 7
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualificationFlag of England.svgFlag of Belgium (civil).svgFlag of Serbia.svgFlag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svgFlag of Estonia.svg
1Flag of England.svg  England 8710321+3122 Final tournament 1–1 7–0 1–0 5–0
2Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 8521275+2217 0–2 1–1 6–0 6–0
3Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 831410211110 0–7 1–3 0–1 3–0
4Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 830581799 0–1 0–5 2–4 4–0
5Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 8008033330 0–8 0–5 0–1 0–1
Source: UEFA

UEFA competitions

2015–16 UEFA Champions League

Play-off Round

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Manchester United Flag of England.svg 7–1 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Club Brugge 3–1 4–0

Group Stage

Group B
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification WOL PSV MU CSKA
1 Flag of Germany.svg Wolfsburg 640296+312Advance to knockout phase 2–0 3–2 1–0
2 Flag of the Netherlands.svg PSV Eindhoven 631287+110 2–0 2–1 2–1
3 Flag of England.svg Manchester United 62227708Transfer to Europa League 2–1 0–0 1–0
4 Flag of Russia.svg CSKA Moscow 61145944 0–2 3–2 1–1
Source: UEFA
Group D
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification MC JUV SEV MGB
1 Flag of England.svg Manchester City 6402128+412Advance to knockout phase 1–2 2–1 4–2
2 Flag of Italy.svg Juventus 632163+311 1–0 2–0 0–0
3 Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla 620481136Transfer to Europa League 1–3 1–0 3–0
4 Flag of Germany.svg Borussia Mönchengladbach 612381245 1–2 1–1 4–2
Source: UEFA
Group F
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification BAY ARS OLY DZG
1 Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich 6501193+1615Advance to knockout phase 5–1 4–0 5–0
2 Flag of England.svg Arsenal 63031210+29 2–0 2–3 3–0
3 Flag of Greece.svg Olympiacos 630361379Transfer to Europa League 0–3 0–3 2–1
4 Flag of Croatia.svg Dinamo Zagreb 6105314113 0–2 2–1 0–1
Source: UEFA
Group G
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification CHL DKV POR MTA
1 Flag of England.svg Chelsea 6411133+1013Advance to knockout phase 2–1 2–0 4–0
2 Flag of Ukraine.svg Dynamo Kyiv 632184+411 0–0 2–2 1–0
3 Flag of Portugal.svg Porto 631298+110Transfer to Europa League 2–1 0–2 2–0
4 Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Tel Aviv 6006116150 0–4 0–2 1–3
Source: UEFA

Knockout phase

Round of 16

The draw for the round of 16 was held on 14 December 2015. [5] [6] The first legs were played on 16, 17, 23 and 24 February, and the second legs were played on 8, 9, 15 and 16 March 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Gent Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 2–4 Flag of Germany.svg Wolfsburg 2–3 0–1
Roma Flag of Italy.svg 0–4 Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid 0–2 0–2
Paris Saint-Germain Flag of France.svg 4–2 Flag of England.svg Chelsea 2–1 2–1
Arsenal Flag of England.svg 1–5 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona 0–2 1–3
Juventus Flag of Italy.svg 4–6 Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich 2–2 2–4 (a.e.t.)
PSV Eindhoven Flag of the Netherlands.svg 0–0 (7–8 p) Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid 0–0 0–0 (a.e.t.)
Benfica Flag of Portugal.svg 3–1 Flag of Russia.svg Zenit Saint Petersburg 1–0 2–1
Dynamo Kyiv Flag of Ukraine.svg 1–3 Flag of England.svg Manchester City 1–3 0–0
Quarter-finals

The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 18 March 2016. [7] [8] The first legs were played on 5 and 6 April, and the second legs were played on 12 and 13 April 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Wolfsburg Flag of Germany.svg 2–3 Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid 2–0 0–3
Bayern Munich Flag of Germany.svg 3–2 Flag of Portugal.svg Benfica 1–0 2–2
Barcelona Flag of Spain.svg 2–3 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid 2–1 0–2
Paris Saint-Germain Flag of France.svg 2–3 Flag of England.svg Manchester City 2–2 0–1
Semi-finals

The draw for the semi-finals was held on 15 April 2016. [9] [10] The first legs were played on 26 and 27 April, and the second legs were played on 3 and 4 May 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Manchester City Flag of England.svg 0–1 Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid 0–0 0–1
Atlético Madrid Flag of Spain.svg 2–2 (a) Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich 1–0 1–2

2015–16 UEFA Europa League

Qualifying rounds

First qualifying round
Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
West Ham United Flag of England.svg 4–0 Flag of Andorra.svg Lusitanos 3–0 1–0
Second qualifying round
Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
West Ham United Flag of England.svg 1–1 (5–3 p) Flag of Malta.svg Birkirkara 1–0 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Third qualifying round
Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
West Ham United Flag of England.svg 3–4 Flag of Romania.svg Astra Giurgiu 2–2 1–2
Southampton Flag of England.svg 5–0 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Vitesse 3–0 2–0
Play-off round
Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Southampton Flag of England.svg 1–2 Flag of Denmark.svg Midtjylland 1–1 0–1

Group Stage

Group B
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification LIV SIO RUB BOR
1 Flag of England.svg Liverpool 624064+210Advance to knockout phase 1–1 1–1 2–1
2 Flag of Switzerland.svg Sion 62315509 0–0 2–1 1–1
3 Flag of Russia.svg Rubin Kazan 61326606 0–1 2–0 0–0
4 Flag of France.svg Bordeaux 60425724 1–1 0–1 2–2
Source: UEFA
Group J
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification TOT AND MON QAR
1 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur 6411126+613Advance to knockout phase 2–1 4–1 3–1
2 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Anderlecht 631286+210 2–1 1–1 2–1
3 Flag of France.svg Monaco 61325946 1–1 0–2 1–0
4 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Qarabağ 61144844 0–1 1–0 1–1
Source: UEFA

Knockout phase

Round of 32

The draw for the round of 32 was held on 14 December 2015. [11] [12] The first legs were played on 16 and 18 February, and the second legs were played on 24 and 25 February 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Valencia Flag of Spain.svg 10–0 Flag of Austria.svg Rapid Wien 6–0 4–0
Fiorentina Flag of Italy.svg 1–4 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 0–3
Borussia Dortmund Flag of Germany.svg 3–0 Flag of Portugal.svg Porto 2–0 1–0
Fenerbahçe Flag of Turkey.svg 3–1 Flag of Russia.svg Lokomotiv Moscow 2–0 1–1
Anderlecht Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 3–1 Flag of Greece.svg Olympiacos 1–0 2–1 (a.e.t.)
Midtjylland Flag of Denmark.svg 3–6 Flag of England.svg Manchester United 2–1 1–5
Augsburg Flag of Germany.svg 0–1 Flag of England.svg Liverpool 0–0 0–1
Sparta Prague Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 4–0 Flag of Russia.svg Krasnodar 1–0 3–0
Galatasaray Flag of Turkey.svg 2–4 Flag of Italy.svg Lazio 1–1 1–3
Sion Flag of Switzerland.svg 3–4 Flag of Portugal.svg Braga 1–2 2–2
Shakhtar Donetsk Flag of Ukraine.svg 3–0 Flag of Germany.svg Schalke 04 0–0 3–0
Marseille Flag of France.svg 1–2 Flag of Spain.svg Athletic Bilbao 0–1 1–1
Sevilla Flag of Spain.svg 3–1 Flag of Norway.svg Molde 3–0 0–1
Sporting CP Flag of Portugal.svg 1–4 Flag of Germany.svg Bayer Leverkusen 0–1 1–3
Villarreal Flag of Spain.svg 2–1 Flag of Italy.svg Napoli 1–0 1–1
Saint-Étienne Flag of France.svg 4–4 (a) Flag of Switzerland.svg Basel 3–2 1–2
Round of 16

The draw for the round of 16 was held on 26 February 2016. [13] [14] The first legs were played on 10 March, and the second legs were played on 17 March 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Shakhtar Donetsk Flag of Ukraine.svg 4–1 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Anderlecht 3–1 1–0
Basel Flag of Switzerland.svg 0–3 Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla 0–0 0–3
Villarreal Flag of Spain.svg 2–0 Flag of Germany.svg Bayer Leverkusen 2–0 0–0
Athletic Bilbao Flag of Spain.svg 2–2 (a) Flag of Spain.svg Valencia 1–0 1–2
Liverpool Flag of England.svg 3–1 Flag of England.svg Manchester United 2–0 1–1
Sparta Prague Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 4–1 Flag of Italy.svg Lazio 1–1 3–0
Borussia Dortmund Flag of Germany.svg 5–1 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur 3–0 2–1
Fenerbahçe Flag of Turkey.svg 2–4 Flag of Portugal.svg Braga 1–0 1–4
Quarter-finals

The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 18 March 2016. [15] [16] The first legs were played on 7 April, and the second legs were played on 14 April 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Braga Flag of Portugal.svg 1–6 Flag of Ukraine.svg Shakhtar Donetsk 1–2 0–4
Villarreal Flag of Spain.svg 6–3 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Sparta Prague 2–1 4–2
Athletic Bilbao Flag of Spain.svg 3–3 (4–5 p) Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla 1–2 2–1 (a.e.t.)
Borussia Dortmund Flag of Germany.svg 4–5 Flag of England.svg Liverpool 1–1 3–4
Semi-finals

The draw for the semi-finals was held on 15 April 2016. [17] [18] The first legs were played on 28 April, and the second legs were played on 5 May 2016. 2015–16 UEFA Europa League knockout phweb</ref> The "home" team (for administrative purposes) was determined by an additional draw held after the semi-final draw. [17]

Liverpool Flag of England.svg 1–3 Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla
Sturridge Soccerball shade.svg 35' Report Gameiro Soccerball shade.svg 46'
Coke Soccerball shade.svg 64', 70'
Attendance: 34,429 [19]

UEFA Youth League

UEFA Women's Champions League

League season

Premier League

The most unexpected title race in Premier League history saw Leicester City defy all of their critics and win their first ever top-flight title in their 132-year history. Despite being tipped for relegation following the pre-season sacking of Nigel Pearson and replacing him with Claudio Ranieri, the Foxes remained in contention all season long and never once fell outside of the top seven, taking top spot in early January and never relinquishing it. This stunning achievement, coupled with a solid defence and the free-scoring efforts of Jamie Vardy (who broke the record for scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League games) and Riyad Mahrez, saw the club receive mass acclaim at home and abroad for their efforts. Leicester's triumph would mark the first first-time champion of English football since Nottingham Forest's first title win during the 1977–78 season, as well as the first time this happened in the Premier League era.

Growing fan protests towards manager Arsène Wenger saw Arsenal endure another trophyless season after a collapse in form, but they recovered well to secure their first second-placed finish in 11 years, while goalkeeper Petr Čech won the Golden Glove for having the most clean sheets. Tottenham Hotspur finished an unlikely third, their first since 1990 – despite a very slow start, a six-match winning run in early January saw them become Leicester's closest title challengers, until multiple slip-ups in their remaining games ruined their chances of finishing above North London rivals Arsenal and saw them miss out on the top two. Nevertheless, it was still a fantastic achievement for the club, who qualified for the Champions League for only the third time, whilst Harry Kane was the league's highest scorer with 25 goals.

Manchester City endured a disappointing league season, only just securing a Champions League spot, but made up for it in Manuel Pellegrini's last season in charge by winning the Football League Cup, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time, only narrowly losing to Real Madrid. Manchester United also suffered a similarly underwhelming season; like City they had looked like potential title challengers early on, before a dreadful run of form in the winter derailed any such hopes and led to growing anger from the fans towards manager Louis van Gaal's defensive style of play. While the emergence of promising young striker Marcus Rashford helped revitalise their season somewhat and they won the FA Cup for the first time since 2004, they ultimately missed out on a Champions League spot on goal difference, and as a result, at the end of the season, van Gaal was sacked.

Having finished seventh the previous year, Southampton went one further and finished in sixth place, successfully ensuring qualification for the Europa League group stages. Whilst they had spent the first half of the season surprisingly hovering above the relegation zone, the return of goalkeeper Fraser Forster from injury saw a massive change in fortunes. In their last ever season at Upton Park before moving to the Olympic Stadium, West Ham United enjoyed arguably their greatest league campaign since their highest-ever finish thirty years prior and qualified for the Europa League. Although too many draws prevented them from securing a Champions League spot, Slaven Bilić had a successful first campaign as manager, which included victories at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City before the end of September.

A poor start to the season saw Liverpool replace Brendan Rodgers with Jürgen Klopp, which bought about a successful change in both performance and results. Though several dropped points prevented them from finishing higher than eighth, the club enjoyed a stunning Europa League run that took them to the final where they ultimately lost to Sevilla and ensured no European football for the following season. Chelsea endured a torrid campaign as they made arguably the worst title defence in modern footballing history, hovering above the relegation zone by mid-December; while the sacking of José Mourinho (just seven months after leading the club to their fourth Premier League title) for Guus Hiddink on a caretaker basis saw a massive improvement in league results, a lack of success in their other competitions saw the club finish in their lowest league position for 20 years and fail to qualify for any European competitions for the first time in 19 years.

Of the three promoted teams, Watford surprisingly performed the best, finishing in 13th place with more wins than their previous two top-flight campaigns combined. Despite suffering a steep drop in form in 2016, the Hornets were never seriously threatened with relegation and alongside reaching the FA Cup semi-finals, the club ensured a second successive top-flight campaign for the first time in nearly 30 years whilst star strike duo Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney netted 28 goals between them. Having been in the race for European football at the turn of the year, a run of just two wins in 2016 saw Crystal Palace only just secure their place in the Premier League for the fourth season in a row, though a stunning run to the FA Cup Final more than made amends in Alan Pardew's first full season in charge. AFC Bournemouth's first-ever top-flight season quickly turned into a nightmare as long-term injuries to key players saw their form plummet and the chances of instant relegation increase – however, a six-match unbeaten run before Christmas which included successive wins over Chelsea and Manchester United, coupled with several bursts of good form, saw the Cherries secure their survival with several games to spare, a remarkable achievement for the club.

After nearly 30 years in the top-flight and a succession of lower finishes since the departure of Martin O'Neill in 2010, Aston Villa finally ran out of luck and were relegated in bottom place in a season that saw them change managers three times – after winning away on the opening day, they proceeded to win just two more games in the season as they finished their campaign with the third lowest points total in Premier League history of 17 points, their season not being helped further by growing fan protests towards the owners as well as a failure to replace key players such as Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke in the summer. Finishing above them were Norwich City; despite being tipped to finish higher than both their promotion rivals as well as making several signings in both transfer windows, the Canaries were simply unable to re-adapt to the fast pace of the top-flight and their inability to score was once again their downfall, despite a famous victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in December. Taking the final relegation spot were Newcastle United, whose steep decline in form since qualifying for the Europa League in 2012 finally took its toll and they endured their second relegation from the top-flight in seven years, in spite of spending nearly £100 million on new players, as well as the managerial presence of both Steve McClaren and then Rafael Benítez late in the season.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Leicester City (C)38231236836+3281Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Arsenal 38201176536+2971
3 Tottenham Hotspur 38191366935+3470
4 Manchester City 38199107141+3066Qualification for the Champions League play-off round
5 Manchester United 38199104935+1466Qualification for the Europa League group stage [lower-alpha 1]
6 Southampton 38189115941+1863
7 West Ham United 38161486551+1462Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round [lower-alpha 2]
8 Liverpool 381612106350+1360
9 Stoke City 381491541551451
10 Chelsea 381214125953+650
11 Everton 381114135955+447
12 Swansea City 3812111542521047
13 Watford 381291740501045
14 West Bromwich Albion 3810131534481443
15 Crystal Palace 381191839511242
16 Bournemouth 381191845672242
17 Sunderland 389121748621439
18 Newcastle United (R)389101944652137Relegation to the EFL Championship
19 Norwich City (R)38972239672834
20 Aston Villa (R)38382727764917
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champion, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions). [20]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Manchester United qualified for the Europa League group stage by winning the 2015–16 FA Cup. As they had also qualified by their virtue of their league position (5th), this spot was passed to the next-highest ranked team (6th), Southampton.
  2. Manchester City qualified for the Europa League third qualifying round by winning the 2015–16 Football League Cup. However, since they already qualified for European competition based on their league position, the spot awarded to the League Cup winners was passed to the next best-placed team (seventh-placed West Ham United).

Football League Championship

In one of the tightest second-tier title races in history, Burnley ultimately edged out the opposition to win the title and secure an immediate return to the Premier League, their first top-flight bounce-back since the end of the 19th century. Having been adrift of the automatic promotion places at Christmas, the Clarets finished the season unbeaten in 23 games and record signing Andre Gray was their top scorer with 25 goals. Despite a nervy end to their season, Middlesbrough ultimately shook off their disappointing play-off final loss the previous season and returned to the Premier League after a seven-year absence, recording the best defense for the second year running and conceding just eight goals at home. Taking the final place through the play-offs were Hull City, who scraped past Sheffield Wednesday in the final and secured their own instant return to the top-flight, earning Steve Bruce his fourth promotion as a manager.

Brighton Hove & Albion enjoyed arguably their most successful season for many years, as they enjoyed their own unbeaten run of 21 games in the first half of the season and lost just five times overall, only just missing out on automatic promotion on goal difference and then losing in the playoffs. Having been well in the mix for promotion the previous season, Ipswich Town struggled to mount a real promotion charge and finished just five points off of the playoffs. Despite suffering from low home attendances, Cardiff City mounted a surprise promotion challenge, staying well in the fight until defeat in their penultimate game ended their hopes – manager Russell Slade was then promoted to head of football at the season's end.

At the bottom of the table, Bolton Wanderers were relegated in last place after a miserable season that saw them threatened with going out of business and failing to win one away game all season, falling into the third tier for the first time since 1993. Finishing above them were Milton Keynes Dons, who were unable to adapt to the fast pace of the second tier like both Preston North End (who made a surprise push for the playoffs after having been tipped to struggle) and Bristol City (who flirted with relegation throughout the season before a late surge pushed them up the table), and in stark contrast to their free-scoring promotion season a year prior, were ultimately undone by their complete inability to score. Filling the final relegation place were Charlton Athletic, whose bright start rapidly fell away and many of their results resulting in heavy losses – as with Aston Villa, their season was not helped by several fan protests against the club's owners and their policies on managerial and player signings.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Burnley (C, P)46261557235+3793Promotion to the Premier League
2 Middlesbrough (P)46261196331+3289
3 Brighton & Hove Albion 46241757242+3089Qualification for the Championship play-offs [lower-alpha 1]
4 Hull City (O, P)462411116935+3483
5 Derby County 462115106643+2378
6 Sheffield Wednesday 461917106645+2174
7 Ipswich Town 461815135351+269
8 Cardiff City 461717125651+568
9 Brentford 46198197267+565
10 Birmingham City 461615155349+463
11 Preston North End 461517144545062
12 Queens Park Rangers 461418145454060
13 Leeds United 461417155058859
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 461416165358558
15 Blackburn Rovers 461316174646055
16 Nottingham Forest 461316174347455
17 Reading 461313205259752
18 Bristol City 4613132054711752
19 Huddersfield Town 4613122159701151
20 Fulham 4612151966791351
21 Rotherham United 4613102353711849
22 Charlton Athletic (R)469132440804040Relegation to League One
23 Milton Keynes Dons (R)469122539693039
24 Bolton Wanderers (R)465152641814030
Updated to match(es) played on 7 May 2016. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Four teams play for one spot and promotion to the Premier League.

Football League One

In their first season at this level for 12 years, Wigan Athletic ensured their drop in form was only temporary as they secured an immediate promotion back to the Championship, in no small part due a twenty-match unbeaten run mid-season. Burton Albion's first-ever season in the third tier resulted in a second successive promotion; for the second season in a row they lost their manager while heading the table, when Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink moved to Queens Park Rangers, but the club's re-hiring of Nigel Clough for a second spell as manager kept their promotion challenge on-track, though several bursts of indifferent form (and a somewhat poor goal-scoring record) ensured that their promotion went to the last day. With this feat, Albion also brought second-tier League football back to their town since the dismissal of their predecessor club Burton United in 1907. Taking the final spot through the play-offs and returning to the Championship after two years were Barnsley – despite being bottom of League One in November and then losing their manager to Bristol City in January, in addition to only just scraping into the play-offs in the last few games, the Tykes ultimately enjoyed a successful season which also included winning the Football League Trophy, their first major trophy in over a hundred years.

After achieving survival in the previous two seasons, Crewe Alexandra ran out of luck at last, and they were relegated back to League Two after four years at this level, after a season in which they were never outside the bottom two after their fifth league game and won just seven times – their season was not helped by growing anger from the fans towards the owners for their continual refusal to sack manager Steve Davis. Colchester United fared little better as their awful defensive record, which saw them very nearly concede 100 goals in the league, helped doom them to the fourth tier for the first time since 1998. Blackpool suffered their second successive relegation and their third relegation in five years, falling into the fourth tier for the first time since 2001 amid ever-increasing supporter unrest at the Oyston family's ownership of the club and their continual refusal to sell. Doncaster Rovers occupied the final relegation spot; after poor early-season results, the appointment of Darren Ferguson as manager seemed to have revived their fortunes, but a terrible run of form after the turn of the year helped condemn them to relegation, with even a win against Wigan counting for nothing.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Wigan Athletic (C, P)46241578245+3787Promotion to the Football League Championship
2 Burton Albion (P)462510115737+2085
3 Walsall 462412107149+2284Qualification for the League One play-offs [lower-alpha 1]
4 Millwall 46249137349+2481
5 Bradford City 462311125540+1580
6 Barnsley (O, P)46228167054+1674
7 Scunthorpe United 462111146047+1374
8 Coventry City 461912156749+1869
9 Gillingham 461912157156+1569
10 Rochdale 461912156861+769
11 Sheffield United 461812166459+566
12 Port Vale 461811175658265
13 Peterborough United 46196218273+963
14 Southend United 461611195864659
15 Swindon Town 461611196471759
16 Bury [lower-alpha 2] 4616121856731757
17 Oldham Athletic 4612181644581454
18 Chesterfield 461582358701253
19 Fleetwood Town 461215195256451
20 Shrewsbury Town 4613112258792150
21 Doncaster Rovers (R)4611132248641646Relegation to League Two
22 Blackpool (R)4612102440632346
23 Colchester United (R)469132457994240
24 Crewe Alexandra (R)467132646833734
Updated to match(es) played on 1 July 2016. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Football League Championship.
  2. Bury were deducted 3 points for playing the unregistered Callum Styles against Southend United on 8 May. [21]

Football League Two

Despite facing an uncertain future off-pitch towards the end of 2015, Northampton Town were promoted as champions, refusing to let the issues off-pitch affect their style of play and enjoying an impressive unbeaten run throughout 2016 – perhaps their only disappointment was suffering several draws in their last 10 games which just prevented them breaking the 100 point mark. Oxford United filled the second automatic spot in a successful season where they reached the final of the Football League Trophy competition, in which they narrowly lost to Barnsley and made the fourth round of the FA Cup. Finishing in third place on goal difference were Bristol Rovers, securing promotion in their first season back in the Football League and being in the promotion chase for virtually the whole season. Taking the final spot through the playoffs were AFC Wimbledon, who won promotion to the third tier for the first time in their 14-year history – coupled with the relegation of Milton Keynes Dons from the Championship, the two sides both claiming to be continuing the original Wimbledon club would be facing off in the same league for the first time from next season.

Portsmouth enjoyed their first successful season since winning the FA Cup in 2008, as they mounted a real promotion charge and were among the highest scorers in the league – their only real disappointment was suffering too many draws over the season which pushed them into the playoffs, where they narrowly lost to Plymouth. Yeovil Town almost suffered a third relegation in a row, but a good run of form following the appointment of former player Darren Way saw the club rocket up the table and survive comfortably in mid-table. Teddy Sheringham's first managerial role ended in disaster as he very nearly led Stevenage to relegation – it was only after his sacking that the club surged back up the table and secured their place in the Football League.

At the bottom of the table, York City's 4-year spell in the Football League was ended in a dreadful season where their defensive record was only marginally better than that of Morecambe and where they never once looked like staying up. Finishing just above them were Dagenham & Redbridge, whose run in the Football League came to an end despite a good late run of form.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Northampton Town (C, P)46291258246+3699Promotion to Football League One
2 Oxford United (P)46241488441+4386
3 Bristol Rovers (P)46267137746+3185
4 Accrington Stanley 46241397448+2685Qualification for League Two play-offs [lower-alpha 1]
5 Plymouth Argyle 46249137246+2681
6 Portsmouth 462115107544+3178
7 AFC Wimbledon (O, P)462112136450+1475
8 Leyton Orient 461912156061169
9 Cambridge United 461814146655+1168
10 Carlisle United 461716136762+567
11 Luton Town 46199186361+266
12 Mansfield Town 461713166153+864
13 Wycombe Wanderers 461713164544+164
14 Exeter City 461713166365264
15 Barnet 461711186768162
16 Hartlepool United 461562549722351
17 Notts County 461492354832951
18 Stevenage 4611152052671548
19 Yeovil Town 4611152043591648
20 Crawley Town 461382545783347
21 Morecambe 4612102469912246
22 Newport County 4610132343642143
23 Dagenham & Redbridge (R)468102846813534Relegation to the National League
24 York City (R)467132651873634
Updated to match(es) played on 7 May 2016. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Football League One.

National League Top Division

Cheltenham Town secured an immediate return to the Football League as champions, becoming the first club to immediately bounce back as Conference/National League champions since Darlington in 1990 – throughout the season, they were rarely outside the top 2 and took advantage of the teams slipping up below them, breaking the 100 point mark in the process. Grimsby Town ultimately emerged victorious in the play-offs, ensuring a return to the Football League for the first time in six years.

Welling, who had only avoided relegation on goal difference the previous season, finished in bottom place. Kidderminster Harriers suffered from off-pitch turmoil and a financial crisis throughout the season, culminating in their relegation though they did finish the season with a six-game unbeaten run. Altrincham were relegated back to the Conference North after two seasons. FC Halifax Town occupied the final relegation spot, recovering well from terrible early-season form, but ultimately going down after other results went against them on the final day.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Cheltenham Town (C, P)46301158730+57101Promotion to League Two
2 Forest Green Rovers 46261196942+2789Qualification for the National League play-offs [lower-alpha 1]
3 Braintree Town 462312115638+1881
4 Grimsby Town (O, P)462214108245+3780
5 Dover Athletic 462311127553+2280
6 Tranmere Rovers 462212126144+1778
7 Eastleigh 462112136453+1175
8 Wrexham 46209177156+1569
9 Gateshead 4619101759701167
10 Macclesfield Town 46199186048+1266
11 Barrow 461714156471765
12 Woking 461710197168+361
13 Lincoln City 461613176968+161
14 Bromley 46179206772560
15 Aldershot Town 461682254721856
16 Southport 4614131952651355
17 Chester 461412206771454
18 Torquay United 4613122154762251
19 Boreham Wood 461214204449550
20 Guiseley 4611161947702349
21 FC Halifax Town (R)4612122255822748Relegation to the National League North
22 Altrincham (R)4610142248732544
23 Kidderminster Harriers (R)469132449712240
24 Welling United (R)468112735733835Relegation to the National League South
Updated to match(es) played on 30 April 2016. Source: [ citation needed ]
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Football League Two.

League play-offs

Football League play-offs

Cup competitions

FA Cup

Final

Crystal Palace 1–2 (a.e.t.) Manchester United
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Lingard Soccerball shade.svg 110'
Attendance: 88,619

League Cup

Final

Liverpool 1–1 (a.e.t.) Manchester City
Coutinho Soccerball shade.svg 83' Report Fernandinho Soccerball shade.svg 49'
Penalties
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Lucas Soccerball shade cross.svg
Coutinho Soccerball shade cross.svg
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1–3Soccerball shade cross.svg Fernandinho
Soccerball shad check.svg Navas
Soccerball shad check.svg Agüero
Soccerball shad check.svg Touré
Attendance: 86,206
Referee: Michael Oliver

Community Shield

Arsenal 1–0 Chelsea
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Wembley
Attendance: 85,437
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Football League Trophy

Final

Barnsley 3–2 Oxford United
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Report O'Dowda Soccerball shade.svg 29'
Hylton Soccerball shade.svg 76'
Attendance: 59,230
Referee: Andy Woolmer

Women's football

FA Women's Cup

Women's Super League

Women's Super League 1

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Chelsea 11722209+1123Qualification to Champions League
2 Arsenal 126331712+521
3 Sunderland 116232316+720
4 Manchester City 10532149+518
5 Notts County 114341815+315
6 Liverpool 114161314113
7 Birmingham City 12246613710
8 Bristol Academy 12129730235Relegation to FA WSL 2
Updated to match(es) played on 5 September 2015. Source: FA WSL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored

Women's Super League 2

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion
1 Doncaster Rovers Belles 131111439+3434Promotion to FA WSL 1
2 Reading 1310214710+3732
3 Yeovil Town 137333320+1324
4 Everton 116322613+1321
5 Aston Villa 145362222018
6 Oxford United 1453619301118
7 Durham 1451819291016
8 Millwall Lionesses 1426614261212
9 London Bees 142391344319
10 Watford 1411121144334
Updated to match(es) played on 23 August 2015. Source: FA WSL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored

FA WSL Cup

Managerial changes

This is a list of changes of managers within English league football:

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of departurePosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
Blackpool Flag of England.svg Lee Clark Resigned [22] 9 May 2015Pre-season Flag of England.svg Neil McDonald 2 June 2015 [23]
Chesterfield Flag of England.svg Paul Cook Signed by Portsmouth [24] 12 May 2015 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Dean Saunders 13 May 2015 [25]
Crawley Town Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Dean Saunders Signed by Chesterfield [25] 13 May 2015 Flag of England.svg Mark Yates 19 May 2015 [26]
Leyton Orient Flag of Italy.svg Fabio Liverani Mutual consent13 May 2015 [27] Flag of England.svg Ian Hendon 28 May 2015 [28]
Brentford Flag of England.svg Mark Warburton Contract expired15 May 2015 [29] Flag of the Netherlands.svg Marinus Dijkhuizen 1 June 2015 [30]
Leeds United Flag of England.svg Neil Redfearn End of contract20 May 2015 [31] Flag of Germany.svg Uwe Rösler 20 May 2015
West Ham United Flag of England.svg Sam Allardyce 24 May 2015 [32] Flag of Croatia.svg Slaven Bilić 9 June 2015 [33]
Derby County Flag of England.svg Steve McClaren Sacked25 May 2015 [34] Flag of England.svg Paul Clement 1 June 2015 [35]
Watford Flag of Serbia.svg Slaviša Jokanović End of Contract5 June 2015 [36] Flag of Spain.svg Quique Sánchez Flores 5 June 2015 [36]
Newcastle United Flag of England.svg John Carver Sacked9 June 2015 [37] Flag of England.svg Steve McClaren 10 June 2015 [38]
Leicester City Flag of England.svg Nigel Pearson 30 June 2015 [39] Flag of Italy.svg Claudio Ranieri 13 July 2015 [40]
Peterborough United Flag of England.svg Dave Robertson 6 September 201520th Flag of England.svg Graham Westley 21 September 2015
Doncaster Rovers Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Dickov 8 September 201517th Flag of Scotland.svg Darren Ferguson 16 October 2015
Oldham Athletic Ulster Banner.svg Darren Kelly 12 September 201519th Flag of England.svg David Dunn 7 October 2015
Brentford Flag of the Netherlands.svg Marinus Dijkhuizen Mutual consent28 September 201519th Flag of England.svg Lee Carsley 28 September 2015
Rotherham United Flag of Scotland.svg Steve Evans 28 September 201520th Flag of England.svg Neil Redfearn 9 October 2015
Fleetwood Town Flag of Scotland.svg Graham Alexander Sacked30 September 201520th Flag of Scotland.svg Steven Pressley 6 October 2015
Newport County Flag of England.svg Terry Butcher 1 October 201524th Flag of England.svg John Sheridan 2 October 2015
Sunderland Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dick Advocaat Resigned4 October 201519th Flag of England.svg Sam Allardyce 9 October 2015
Liverpool Ulster Banner.svg Brendan Rodgers Sacked4 October 201510th Flag of Germany.svg Jürgen Klopp 8 October 2015
Swindon Town Flag of England.svg Mark Cooper 17 October 201520th Flag of England.svg Martin Ling 3 November 2015
Leeds United Flag of Germany.svg Uwe Rösler 19 October 201518th Flag of Scotland.svg Steve Evans 19 October 2015
Charlton Athletic Flag of Israel.svg Guy Luzon 24 October 201522nd Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Karel Fraeye 24 October 2015
Aston Villa Flag of England.svg Tim Sherwood 25 October 201519th Flag of France.svg Rémi Garde 2 November 2015
York City Flag of England.svg Russ Wilcox 26 October 201521st Flag of Scotland.svg Jackie McNamara 4 November 2015
Cambridge United Flag of England.svg Richard Money 2 November 201518th Flag of England.svg Shaun Derry 12 November 2015
Huddersfield Town Flag of England.svg Chris Powell 4 November 201518th Flag of the United States.svg David Wagner 5 November 2015
Queens Park Rangers Flag of England.svg Chris Ramsey 4 November 201513th Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 4 December 2015
Fulham Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Kit Symons 8 November 201512th Flag of Serbia.svg Slaviša Jokanović 27 December 2015
Blackburn Rovers Flag of England.svg Gary Bowyer 10 November 201516th Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Lambert 15 November 2015
Colchester United Flag of England.svg Tony Humes Mutual consent26 November 201519th Flag of England.svg Kevin Keen 21 December 2015
Chesterfield Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Dean Saunders Sacked28 November 201516th Ulster Banner.svg Danny Wilson 24 December 2015
Brentford Flag of England.svg Lee Carsley Resigned30 November 201511th Flag of England.svg Dean Smith 30 November 2015
Walsall Flag of England.svg Dean Smith Signed by Brentford30 November 20154th Flag of Ireland.svg Seán O'Driscoll 18 December 2015
Yeovil Town Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Sturrock Sacked1 December 201524th Flag of England.svg Darren Way 31 December 2015
Reading Flag of Scotland.svg Steve Clarke 4 December 20159th Flag of England.svg Brian McDermott 17 December 2015
Burton Albion Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Signed by Queens Park Rangers4 December 20151st Flag of England.svg Nigel Clough 7 December 2015
Swansea City Flag of England.svg Garry Monk Sacked9 December 201515th Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Alan Curtis 7 January 2016
Luton Town Flag of England.svg John Still 17 December 201517th Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Nathan Jones 6 January 2016
Chelsea Flag of Portugal.svg José Mourinho 17 December 201516th Flag of the Netherlands.svg Guus Hiddink 19 December 2015
Dagenham & Redbridge Flag of England.svg Wayne Burnett 21 December 201524th Flag of England.svg John Still 31 December 2015
Swindon Town Flag of England.svg Martin Ling Resigned29 December 201516th Flag of England.svg Luke Williams 21 January 2016
Notts County Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ricardo Moniz Sacked29 December 201515th Flag of Scotland.svg Jamie Fullarton 10 January 2016
Oldham Athletic Flag of England.svg David Dunn 12 January 201622nd Flag of England.svg John Sheridan 13 January 2016
Newport County Flag of England.svg John Sheridan Signed by Oldham Athletic13 January 201620th Ulster Banner.svg Warren Feeney 13 January 2016
Charlton Athletic Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Karel Fraeye Sacked13 January 201623rd Flag of Belgium (civil).svg José Riga 14 January 2016
Bristol City Flag of England.svg Steve Cotterill 14 January 201622nd Flag of England.svg Lee Johnson 6 February 2016
Leyton Orient Flag of England.svg Ian Hendon 18 January 201611th Flag of England.svg Kevin Nolan 21 January 2016
Scunthorpe United Flag of England.svg Mark Robins 18 January 201616th Flag of Scotland.svg Graham Alexander 22 March 2016
Swansea City Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Alan Curtis End of caretaker spell18 January 2016 [41] 18th Flag of Italy.svg Francesco Guidolin 18 January 2016 [41]
Stevenage Flag of England.svg Teddy Sheringham Sacked1 February 201619th Flag of England.svg Darren Sarll 8 May 2016
Barnsley Flag of England.svg Lee Johnson Signed by Bristol City6 February 201612th Flag of England.svg Paul Heckingbottom 15 June 2016
Rotherham United Flag of England.svg Neil Redfearn Sacked8 February 201622nd Flag of England.svg Neil Warnock 12 February 2016
Derby County Flag of England.svg Paul Clement 8 February 20165th Flag of England.svg Darren Wassall 8 February 2016
Hartlepool United Flag of England.svg Ronnie Moore Mutual consent10 February 201622nd Flag of England.svg Craig Hignett 11 February 2016
Walsall Flag of Ireland.svg Sean O'Driscoll Sacked6 March 20164th Flag of England.svg Jon Whitney 7 March 2016
Newcastle United Flag of England.svg Steve McClaren 11 March 201619th Flag of Spain.svg Rafael Benítez 11 March 2016 [42]
Nottingham Forest Flag of Scotland.svg Dougie Freedman 13 March 201614th Flag of France.svg Philippe Montanier 27 June 2016
Bolton Wanderers Ulster Banner.svg Neil Lennon Mutual consent15 March 201624th Flag of England.svg Phil Parkinson 10 June 2016
Notts County Flag of Scotland.svg Jamie Fullarton Sacked19 March 201619th Flag of England.svg Mark Cooper 20 March 2016
Aston Villa Flag of France.svg Rémi Garde Mutual consent29 March 201620th Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Di Matteo 2 June 2016
Leyton Orient Flag of England.svg Kevin Nolan Sacked12 April 201611th Flag of England.svg Andy Hessenthaler 3 June 2016
Peterborough United Flag of England.svg Graham Westley 23 April 201614th Ulster Banner.svg Grant McCann 16 May 2016
Crawley Town Flag of England.svg Mark Yates 25 April 201618th Flag of England.svg Dermot Drummy 27 April 2016
Colchester United Flag of England.svg Kevin Keen Resigned26 April 201623rd Flag of England.svg John McGreal 4 May 2016
Charlton Athletic Flag of Belgium (civil).svg José Riga 7 May 201622nd Flag of England.svg Russell Slade 6 June 2016
Notts County Flag of England.svg Mark Cooper End of contract7 May 201617th Flag of England.svg John Sheridan 29 May 2016
Everton Flag of Spain.svg Roberto Martínez Sacked12 May 201612th Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ronald Koeman 14 June 2016

Diary of the season

Deaths