10 managers under pressure this weekend…

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10 managers under pressure this weekend…

Steve Bruce has become the most high-profile casualty of the season so far.

Who might be joining him in the departure lounge after this weekend?

 

Paul Hurst, Ipswich Town
Cabbage rating: 9/10

Hurst’s appointment at Portman Road earlier this summer was treated as a breath of fresh air for Ipswich fans after the natives lost patience with Mick McCarthy’s safety-first tactics.

The Tractor Boys certainly showed bravery in opting for a manager with no previous Championship experience, but a defeat this weekend would make it 12 games without a win, and an international break could spell danger for Hurst with time on their side to make a quick change if needed.

 

Paul Clement, Reading
Cabbage rating: 8/10

It’s been a gruelling start for Clement in his first full season at the helm of the Royals, and so far he has looked incapable of turning around their alarming slump in form since their surprise third-place finish in 2016/17.

Paul Clement

A 1-0 reverse at home to a QPR side hardly pulling up any trees this season looks ominous for Clement, who won’t want another disappointing managerial spell gracing his CV.

 

Jose Mourinho, Man Utd
Cabbage rating: 8/10

The saga shows no signs of slowing at Old Trafford after Mourinho’s most difficult week at the club to date, but the under-fire boss could have some respite this weekend as Utd come up against a Newcastle side still searching for their first win of the Premier League campaign.

Utd don’t tend to go in for knee-jerk reactions, with Moyes and van Gaal both given several stays of execution before departing the club, so Jose should be fine for the time being at least.

 

Nigel Adkins, Hull City
Cabbage rating: 7/10

Adkins was brought in last year in the role of firefighter at the KC and successfully staved off the threat of relegation despite working on a shoestring budget.

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins

Those ongoing off-field troubles could prove costly for the 53-year-old, who currently looks unlikely to pull off a repeat performance. The Tigers need some new inspiration from somewhere to turn around their recent poor run – could the owners pin their hopes on a new voice in the dressing room?

 

Gary Rowett, Stoke City
Cabbage rating: 7/10

A midweek 2-0 home win against Bolton provided Rowett with some breathing space following his sticky start to life in the Potteries.

Gary Rowett

In a league as bunched up as the Championship, it wouldn’t take too much for a team with the depth of talent that Stoke possesses to click into gear – but Rowett needs to show he can put back-to-back wins together. The pressure has subsided for the time being but the former Birmingham man cannot afford any more slip-ups.

 

Martin Allen, Chesterfield
Cabbage rating: 7/10

One of football’s most eccentric characters has shown he is a born winner at non-league level, but he has experienced a horrendous start to his reign at hotly-fancied Chesterfield, who are without a win in 11 games.

Allen attracted attention for his light-hearted approach to club announcements this summer – signing off messages ‘Take care, Martin’ – but is unlikely to be laughing if the Spireites’ slump in form continues.

 

Derek Adams, Plymouth Argyle
Cabbage rating: 7/10

Argyle boss Adams won deserved plaudits last season after turning around a disastrous start into a genuine promotion challenge. Unfortunately for him, Argyle are now back at square one – adrift at the bottom of the League One table with no signs so far that Adams can repeat the trick in 2018/19.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Argyle board is keeping the faith with their manager in the hope lightning can strike twice.

 

Julen Lopetegui, Real Madrid
Cabbage rating: 6/10

Yes, it’s very early in his reign for Lopetegui to be on this list – but Real Madrid aren’t a club known for their patience if standards start to slip at the Bernabeu.

Julen Lopetegui of Real Madrid during the Champions League football match between Real Madrid and AS Roma on September 19th, 2018 at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain.

A shock loss to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League and the recent 3-0 thumping away to Sevilla will already raise doubts over Lopetegui’s long-term tenure in the job.

 

Dominco Tedesco, Schalke
Cabbage rating: 5/10

One of the most exciting young managers in European football has suffered a bumpy start to the season at Schalke after an extraordinary first season at the German giants.

Tedesco

At only 32 years old, Tedesco is one of the youngest managers in world football – but his rapid upward trajectory has taken a hit so far this campaign with Schalke losing five of their six games. Tedesco led The Royal Blues to a stunning second-place last year and surely deserves more time to turn things around given his early promise.

 

Rafa Benitez, Newcastle Utd
Cabbage rating: 4/10
While Rafa remains a much-loved figure among the Magpies faithful – in direct comparison to those above him – he’s not been immune to criticism this season, with some frustrations creeping in about an overly defensive approach to games.

Without a surplus of attacking options to call on, Rafa remains the Magpies’ best shot at avoiding the drop and will surely ride out a poor run of form, but will he blink first and look elsewhere if even his exceptional managerial skills can’t lift an undercooked Newcastle side?

All image sources from PA Images

 

Which manager do you think has a point to prove?

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