This year’s season of the Barclays Premier League is steadily coming to an end, and with the finish line looming on the horizon, some teams may feel their respective campaigns have fallen short of pre-season expectations.
As we all know, when teams don't achieve what is expected of them, it's often time for the manager to start packing. That's just how it is in modern day football, managers rarely have the luxury of disappointing more than once. So, who are the Premier League managers that could be looking for new employment in the summer?
Rafael Benitez will be the first to leave once the season is over, according to his statements. His move from Liverpool to Chelsea was met with the disapproval of the Blues’ faithful from the get-go, and disappointing results hasn’t really boosted his popularity at the club. He recently criticised the fans for not showing enough support to the team, and said he will be leaving in May.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is also among the managers that could get the sack. When rich owners invest ridiculous amounts of money into a club, they want to see results. Mancini delivered last term, bringing the title back to the blue side of Manchester for the first time in 44 years.
However, this year it’s a different story. The Citizens are 12 points behind fierce rivals Manchester United in the Premier League and have been knocked out in the group stage of the Champions League. Their only hope of silverware this year is the FA Cup, but it could be too little too late for the Italian.
Harry Redknapp and Paul Lambert could be buying one-way tickets once the season’s over. Both Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa are in the relegation zone.
Dropping from the English football elite could mean the clubs will be looking for someone else to bring them back up from the Championship. The Villains have a better chance of avoiding relegation, seeing as they are four points in front of QPR, who are at the bottom of the table.
Last but not least is Arsene Wenger. A world class manager no doubt, but the fact he hasn’t won a trophy in eight years could mean it’s time for him to move on. In addition to that, Arsenal currently occupy fifth place on the table, giving them a slim chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
Is the fantastic Frenchman’s legend status enough to keep him at the club? Probably, but he’d be well advised to do everything in his power to avoid another fruitless season.
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