The 2013/14 Premier League campaign has only just begun, but it can't be too much longer before one of the 20 managers will receive his P45.

Here are five who could be shown the door this season if things go pear-shaped.

Arsene Wenger | Arsenal

Arsene Wenger appears to have become complacent, believing his position at the helm of Arsenal is untouchable due to what he has achieved with the London club.

He seems unconcerned that the Gunners have not won anything since 2005 and appears to be satisfied with qualifying for the Champions League each season. However, the Arsenal board and in particular the fans, are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the lack of success and his stubborn attitude towards transfers.

Throughout the summer he has promised big signings, but with just under three weeks left of the transfer market, he has not landed any substantial signings, in contrast to every other Premier League club.

This season is make or break for Wenger, but should Arsenal fail to progress past Fenerbahce into the group stage of the Champions League, he may not even last that long.

Manuel Pellegrini | Manchester City

Three trophies in three years were not enough to save Roberto Mancini’s job and Chilean Manuel Pellegrini will be under similar pressure at Manchester City.

The Citizens are now expected to regularly challenge for silverware, following the phenomenal amount of money that has been spent on the team in recent years - and if that is not the case this season, Pellegrini may face a similar fate to his predecessor.

Whilst he has allegedly been promised time to work by the clubs hierarchy, he knows his position is at risk if he does not reach their standard. Monday’s demolition of Newcastle United is a good building block for the season, but that is just the start and many tougher challenges are ahead.

Alan Pardew | Newcastle United

Mike Ashley’s shock decision to appoint Joe Kinnear as director of football has put Alan Pardew in a horrible position at Newcastle United.

As manager he should have sole responsibility for which players he brings in and who he decides to sell, but that is clearly not the case as he has to confide in Kinnear over potential dealings.

This power struggle could be disastrous both on and off the pitch at Newcastle, as it could boil down to Pardew not been in control of his team selection. In order to maintain his integrity, he may chose to resign before the baffling hierarchy get the better of him.

Mark Hughes | Stoke City

Mark Hughes’ career as Stoke City manager has only just began, but his progress will be under intense scrutiny, following his disastrous spells at Manchester City and most recently Queens Park Rangers.

After just one game in charge, a change in emphasis is clear at Stoke. Instead of getting up close and personal, Stoke were allowing their opponents time and space on the ball, and they opted to play the loan striker as oppose to two up front.

Consequently they were outclassed all over the pitch and offered little in attack, and if Hughes decides to stick with that system, it could be a long hard season for the Potters. This could really test the patience of both the fans and the board.

Ian Holloway | Crystal Palace

During Ian Holloway’s last spell as a Premier League manager, he received a lot of praise and respect for the way he set up his Blackpool side and the style of football they played.

However, ultimately he failed to keep them in the Premier League, after they picked up just three wins after New Year sealing their relegation back to the Championship.

Holloway faces an equally difficult task to keep Crystal Palace in the Premier League, due to the lack of resources available to him, in terms of finances and man power.

Having already missed out on his top transfer target, Darren Bent, it is difficult to see where the goals will come from for Palace, and the board may opt for a change in direction.


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