With the sacking of Premier League managers becoming more frequent nowadays, it is hard to know who will be out of a job next. We look at who could be most likely to be seeking alternative employment by the end of the season.
Mark Hughes has had a mixed start to his Stoke career and sceptics are still unsure about him. A change in style of play is clearly evident when you watch Stoke, as they look to keep the ball moving on the floor. The recent result against Norwich was hard to watch for many Potters fans, and they will think they should really be beating the likes of Norwich at The Britannia. If they find themselves near the bottom at Christmas, Hughes may face the chop. He has spent a lot of money, which may mean the board will have some patience with him.
Chris Hughton, the man who beat Hughes in their recent fixture, has also come under fire. With the players he has, it cannot be expected they will be pushing into the top half. Van Wolfswinkel is a decent signing and Hughton will be hoping he can score the goals that save his job at Carrow Road. Norwich must stabilise themselves before looking up the league.
Martin Jol has the strongest squad of a recent Fulham generation, yet they are not as feared as they should be. Berbatov, Bent and Ruiz should give any defence nightmares. The Cottagers have a strong enough squad to be pushing for a Europa League spot, a competition where they reached the final in 2010, losing to Atletico Madrid. They are better than a mid-table team, but are currently struggling in 17th.
Alan Pardew’s French Revolution hasn’t really come off at Newcastle, making them a team that looks a shadow of their former selves. Ever since Demba Ba left for Chelsea, things have gone downhill. They finished 16th last year, five points off the relegation zone. Many Newcastle fans will see this as too close for comfort. Have they been found out after Pardew’s first season in charge went so well? They may struggle again this year, and their manager will
struggle to keep his job if they do. The re-addition of Joe Kinnear to the staff has already undermined Pardew’s authority, are the board pushing him out?
Manuel Pellegrini has come into a job that is expected to deliver instant trophies and success, especially with an astronomical budget. His squad additions have had some mixed reviews. Negredo showed his class with the finish against Bayern, but City weren’t lacking up front. Fernandinho for £30 million has raised some eyebrows. If City crash out of the Champions League and sit 10 points off the title at Christmas, there could be trouble for Pellegirini.
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