Veteran keeper Brad Haddin was controversially overlooked for the third Ashes Test after missing the second Test to be with his sick daughter. Coach Darren Lehmann described the omission as “the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make as a coach or player”. It would ultimately spell the end for Haddin, who announced his retirement fro Test cricket shortly after.
With the Blues sitting on the bottom of the ladder with just one win from eight games, their worst start to a season since 2007, Malthouse paid the ultimate price, with his job. The relationship between the Carlton board and Malthouse had reached boiling point by this stage and the curtain was brought down on one of the AFL's most decorated coaching careers.
Matthew Lodge is facing up to 25 years in jail after being charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, assault and menacing after stalking and harassing two women in New York. Lodge allegedly threatened the women, telling them "this is the night you die" as well as assaulting a man who came to their aid.
Lodge was sacked by the Tigers almost immediately.
After nearly winning the EPL title in 2013/14, a series of failed signings and a major slump in form cost Rogers his job at Anfield. Liverpool never really recovered from the sale of Luis Suarez and the breakdown of the relationship between Rogers and club legend Steven Gerrard certainly couldn't have helped.
Eliminated in the pool stages of their home World Cup, England were a shambles and Lancaster was handed most of the blame. Despite having a contract until 2020, a run of poor form leading up to the tournament, had many questioning his standing as coach, but after the disastrous World Cup, that was the ultimately the final straw and Lancaster had to go.
After three years of controversy surrounding Essendon's 'injection program' and the following ASADA investigation, James Hird stepped down as coach of the Bombers....but what choice did he really have. The stress of the drama at the club, combined with the Bombers woeful results, Hird and the Bombers parted ways.
Taking over from Wayne Bennett was always going to come with pressure, but for Stone it came much quicker than anticipated. The Knights started the season brightly, but a run of poor form punctuated by a 52-6 drubbing at the hands of the South Sydney Rabbitohs cost Stone his job.
Cleary steered Penrith to within one game of the grand final in 2014, however a devastating injury toll, a poor run of form and the fallout from assistant coach Trent Barrett’s departure left 2015 in shambles for Penrith. Cleary the unlucky scapegoat for the disappointing season.
Despite his impressive coaching record, Geoff Toovey was shown the door at Manly. With the Sea Eagles outside of the top eight and multiple contract issues plaguing the club in 2015, the club gave Toovey the sack, with many fans and pundits outraged at the treatment of the club legend.
Perhaps one of the most unlucky firings given the Oklahoma City Thunder's wretched run of injuries to both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Scott Brooks was let go at the end of the 2014/15 season.
In his seven seasons in OKC, Brooks led the Thunder to three Western Conference finals in four years and one trip to the NBA Finals. He was named Coach of the Year in 2010 and held a career record of 338-207, but a lack of offensive creativity and a perceived failure to maxmise the talents of two of the NBA's top 10 players forced the front offices hand.
In his five seasons at the helm in Chicago, the Bulls made the playoffs every year, amassing a respectable 255-139 record. On the court things were ok, but the relationship between Thibs and the Bulls front office had deteriorated publically over timer, with constant clashes over playing style and playing personnel frustrating both parties.