Premier League managers who suffered a Christmas axing: Pellegrini, Warnock and more...
Good will to all men didn’t stretch to these under-performing top-flight bosses who lost their jobs over the festive period.
Mackay was appointed Cardiff City boss in 2011 after leaving Watford for an undisclosed compensation fee.
Despite Cardiff sitting 15th in mid-December, controversial owner Vincent Tan wasn't about to send his boss a Christmas card. Instead, he demanded Mackay resign, listing a series of grievances centred around signings, transfer budgets and style of play in an email to the bemused boss.
Mackay stood his ground but following a 3-0 defeat to Southampton, his fate was sealed.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was subsequently appointed manager and the Bluebirds slid out of the top flight, finishing rock-bottom.
His six-week spell contained just one win, a League Cup defeat to League Two side Wycombe and ended with a 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough. With the club in 19th place, 'Santa Clueless', as he was referred to by the media, was replaced on Christmas Eve by Alan Pardew.
Author of a book on management, The Official FA Guide to Basic Team Coaching, his decision to give the players Christmas Day off was reportedly the last straw for the Addicks board.
And it had absolutely nothing to do with rumours of him handing out his own book as Christmas presents.
Veteran manager Warnock was handed the Crystal Palace job for a second time in August 2014.
The worst fears were realised as Warnock lasted just 122 days.
Warnock claimed the sacking gave him a chance to catch up with Downton Abbey but he was soon back in management, with temporary roles at QPR and Rotherham followed by longer stints at Cardiff City and Middlesbrough.
Of those 11, he lost seven, conceded a crazy 29 goals and saw the Welsh side drop into the relegation zone in the process.
The Chilean who had already led Manchester City to the Premier League title when he was handed the West Ham job in May 2018.
With only five league wins and with the Irons in 17th place, he was sacked on December 28, 2019.
David Moyes took over from Pellegrini for a second spell at the club and, following the Irons' fine start to this season, he will be able to rest a little easier this Christmas.
Not technically a Premier League manager and not a sacking either, but worthy of inclusion nonetheless.