Most Surprising Coach Firings

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  • Maurice Cheeks, Detroit Pistons
  • Dusty Baker, Cincinnati Reds
  • Terry Francona, Boston Red Sox
  • Lionel Hollins, Memphis Grizzlies
  • Billy Martin, New York Yankees
  • Mike Brown, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Mark Jackson fired, Golden State Warriors
  • Jimmy Johnson, Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, Barry Switzer
  • Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears
  • Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles

Terry Francona, Boston Red Sox

Yes, the Boston Red Sox’s 2011 collapse, one that saw them lose 20 of 27 September games and blow a nine-game wild-card lead, was ugly. But under manager Terry Francona, the Red Sox did win two World Series championships. So, the nod to remove Francona was surprising and some would say flat out wrong. (Photo: Elsa/Getty Images)

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