Three candidates who could be the first to lose their job in the Premier League
Sam Allardyce’s dramatic England exit came completely out of the blue, but did prove that the managerial world is one where one foot out of line will most likely be the last in the job.
The Premier League is no different, and with managers under the microscope all the time, managerial casualties are always on the discussion list.
With the Premier League nearing the ten-game mark, clubs will be starting to look at where they are in the table as an indication of the season they are going to have. With teams that are struggling, this could mean the end of the road for the man in charge, almost as swiftly as the FA’s dismissal of big Sam.
Here are three managers who could be moved on by Halloween:
The Swansea manager has only been in charge for a few months, but is continually linked away from the Swans. Ryan Giggs is a man much mentioned in the media as a possible replacement, and could even be brought in to replace Guidolin rapidly.
The Swans are currently 17th in the table with four points and only one win all season. They have scored five, and conceded ten, with four defeats in their last five games. This doesn’t offer much to savour for the fans, especially with fixtures against Liverpool and Arsenal on the horizon. It will take a fair bit of work to turn the tide around, that is for certain.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this for West Ham. A new stadium, new players, new era, but for reasons that need a whole new debate the season has turn into a disaster. One win all season, and four defeats in a row have left the Hammers in the bottom three. A mere seven goals have been scored compared to a whopping 16 conceded, including 14 in their last four games. These statistics are not going to impress the owners, who are looking for the club to become a big European team.
With upcoming matches against Middlesbrough, Palace and Sunderland, it is make-or-break time for Bilic, and you have to feel that if he emerges with anything under six points from these three games, his neck could be on the block.
Whether or not this is just a blip remains to be seen, but Stoke look a fair amount away from the team they are expected to be. They have lost their fear factor, and teams such as Hull City are now going to the Britannia and winning cup matches. 19th position in the league standings and only two points to their name was not the start they anticipated, with four defeats in their last five league games. Only a 1-1 draw with West Brom stopped the losing rot.
A trip to Old Trafford on Saturday seems daunting right now, but Sunderland and Hull will face Stoke in the next few weeks. It would seem that if Stoke were to still be in the bottom three after the away trip to Hull, decisions may even be made about the future of Mark Hughes.
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