The nights are drawing in. The leaves are falling on the ground. There’s also a slight chill in the air – particularly if you’re a struggling Premier League manager.
Autumn is here and that means only one thing – sacking season is upon us.
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With the international break allowing us a breather from the Premier League action, here’s our look at where things currently stand in the Premier League sack race.
Next Premier League Manager To Be Sacked – The Contenders
OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER – MANCHESTER UTD
The stats make grim reading for the Red Devils boss following Utd’s worst ever start to a Premier League season. Nine points from eight games. Only two wins in 13 Premier League games. No away wins in 11. With little sign of an imminent turnaround in form, Solskjaer now faces the major headache of welcoming a rampant Liverpool side to Old Trafford in a game that will surely be make-or-break in keeping even the most loyal of supporters on side. Even if he’s not next for the chop in the Premier League sack race, we’ve priced him as 3/5 in our manager specials to make an exit from the Old Trafford dugout before May.
A heavy defeat against their bitter rivals would surely leave Solskjaer’s long-term job prospects hanging by a thread, although much will depend on the calibre of any potential replacements waiting in the wings. A look at the next Man Utd manager market suggests the unattached Massimiliano Allegri (11/2) could be the right man at the right time. Mauricio Pochettino (72/25) is another man with many admirers at Old Trafford and could be a good fit given his own struggles at Spurs.
MAURICIO POCHETTINO – SPURS
Sometimes an international break comes along at just the right time. In their heavy defeats to Bayern Munich and Brighton, Spurs looked like a side desperately in need of a reset button. Luckily for under-pressure Poch, the fixture computer has presented the Argentinian with the chance for some instant redemption. His fortunes could turn with a home game against winless Watford up next.
A failure to win on Saturday could leave things looking decidedly dicey. Poch needs a morale-boosting victory sharpish with an away trip to Anfield towards the end of the month. Given his recent contract extension, it still looks extremely unlikely he’ll be the next manager sacked. However, don’t back against high-profile predators pouncing on the current uncertainly in North London should any elite vacancies arise before Christmas.
MARCO SILVA – EVERTON FC
Silva is possibly the Premier League manager who splits opinion more than any other. Is he a talented motivator who just needs a lucky break? Or an over-hyped enigma with a CV that’s starting to fizzle out? Whatever side of the fence you sit on, it’s clear a moment of reckoning is coming for Silva.
Let’s not forget he managed to overcome a similar slump last season – but with winnable games against West Ham and Brighton to come, Silva could be starting to run out of road if Everton’s points return remains in single figures by the next international break.
STEVE BRUCE – NEWCASTLE UTD
Whoever was handed the unenviable task of following in Rafa Benitez’s footsteps was always on a hiding to nothing. Perhaps Steve Bruce can be quietly content, therefore, to simply have got through the first two months of the season with the Magpies’ heads still just above water. Despite constant criticism over his tactics, his players showed they are fighting for him against Man Utd.
A lack of genuine stand-out quality remains a concern. As we’ve seen before, however, Mike Ashley is not a chairman who bows to fan pressure easily. Don’t back Bruce to be going anywhere this side of Christmas – but he’s 3/5 to fail to see out the season.
QUIQUE SANCHEZ FLORES – WATFORD
It would be strange for Flores to be a man under pressure given he only returned to the Hornets last month. However, this is Watford. This is a club where three poor results in a week can leave the owners hovering over the ‘eject’ button. If the Spaniard fails to arrest their alarming slide, could Watford replicate Fulham in 2018/19 by making two changes in the space of one season?
Considering the revolving door at Vicarage Road, a short-lived second stint for Flores shouldn’t be dismissed lightly.
Browse our report card grading each Premier League side’s season so far.
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