Top five: Premier League managers under pressure in 2013/14

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Carlisle United kicked off 2013/14 sacking season after relieving Greg Abbott of his managerial duties at Brunton Park, following a poor start to life in League One this year.

The third longest serving boss in English football became the first casualty of the new campaign, after his side picked up just two points from their opening six games, which leaves them precariously placed in the third tier relegation places.

Only Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, and Exeter City's Paul Tisdale are able to boast lengthier stints in the same position, prior to Abbott's dismissal on Monday, off the back of Carlisle's disappointing 1-0 defeat against Port Vale on Saturday.

The 49-year-old was appointed was appointed caretaker manager after Neil MacDonald was sacked in 2007, and then succeeded John Ward on a permanent basis after the replacement gaffer was fired in December 2008.

Abbott's departure comes less than three years after he led Carlisle to Wembley glory with a win over Brentford in the 2011 Johnstone's Paint Trophy, 12 months after the Cumbrian side were losing finalists against Southampton.

Three consecutive defeats represented a terrible start for an established League One club, and although they responded with away draws at Colchester and Brentford, Saturday's loss at home against Port Vale, courtesy of a stoppage-time strike from Tom Pope, proved to be the final nail in Abbott's coffin.

With the managerial merry-go-round in England now underway, here's a look at five of the Premier League's most under pressure bosses this term…

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