With the sacking of the first Premier League manager less than a week old, I take a look at who could be next out of the job following on from a weekend of tricky results...

1) Martin Jol - Fulham

After being beaten at home by Cardiff City at the weekend, Fulham find themselves sitting top of the relegation zone. This is an area that new owner Shahid Khan and all Fulham fans certainly wouldn't like to be, even at this early stage of the season. In reality we really shouldn't be talking of manager sackings with 32 games of the season to go. But with harsh reality and the pressure of the Premier League, owners cannot risk losing out on fans, points and performances.

Fulham haven't won in the league since the opening day of the season with a 1-0 victory away from home against Sunderland. Since then, they've lost four of their six Premier League games to Arsenal, Newcastle, Chelsea and most recently new-boys Cardiff. Adding to their four points this season was a strong point against a reformed West Brom under boss Steve Clarke.

With the fixture run they've had, I'm sure four points prior to this Saturday wouldn't have been much below what they had hoped for but a defeat at home to a newly-promoted side is never easy for fans nor the players to take - no disrespect to Cardiff who came and outplayed Fulham for the majority of the second half - even if the game was settled by a piece of magic.

A strong cup run looks on at the cottage with two wins already in this year's Capital One Cup. Fulham  beat Burton on penalties and also overcame Everton. This may be one of Jol's reasons for a poor couple of performances of late, but if he wants this cup run to continue, he certainly needs to improve results in the Premier League and fast before he becomes the second sacking of the season.

2) Sam Allardyce - West Ham United

With West Ham currently sitting precariously above the relegation zone, question marks have arisen from around Upton Park at just whether 'Big Sam' will be there in time to fix his mistakes made early this season. 

It's no secret that West Ham have been without key strikers of late to bang in goals week in week out and with Modibo Maiga not proving to be West Ham's winner, the Hammers are having to rely on their midfield to find goals and it's starting to frustrate fans.

West Ham are currently the joint-lowest scorers in the league and this is mainly due to the highlighted problem above. But, at the same time, they haven't conceded many either, so it's certainly not the defensive record that is keeping Mr Allardyce in a non-confident mood over his hotseat.

Like Fulham, the Hammers do seem to be going on a small cup run of late, knocking out League 2 outfit Cheltenham and beating Cardiff for a second time this season. Already scoring five goals in this season's cup competition - three of those coming against a Premier League side - it seems question marks remain why West Ham cannot find this goal form in the Premier League and unless that changes soon, it seems there could be another spare chair in a Premier League manager's office.

3) David Moyes - Manchester United

It's hard to believe that we are talking about a Manchester United manager under pressure so early in the season, but with big boots to fill it's no surprise that due to recent results and performances, Moyes is already being questioned over whether he was the right man to fill Sir Alex Ferguson's boots.

With United slipping up at the weekend at home to an impressive West Brom, they currently find themselves sitting in 12th place after six games and were beaten heavily last week at the hands of rivals Manchester City.

Question marks arose throughout August with the lack of money spent on new players at Old Trafford. It wasn't until the last day when they splashed the big cash on midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who was called a 'panic buy' by the media. 

However, with a big game against Shakhtar Donetsk to come in the Champions League followed by a Saturday evening game away to managerless Sunderland, it seems United will hope that their strong start in cup competitions that this will help to rejuvenate their poor Premier League start before it's too late.

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