After Andre Villas-Boas became the latest manager to be prematurely given the chop, or “relieved of his duties by mutual consent”, other managers should consider themselves lucky.
After 16 games, AVB’s Spurs team chalked up 27 points with a side still learning to play with each another after several new signings came in to fill the hole left by Gareth Bale’s departure.
In the Premier League era the North London side have recorded a higher points tally after the same number of games just twice, (35 – 2012, 30 – 2006).
By their own standards Spurs are not having a bad season despite two hammerings against Manchester City and Liverpool.
If the Spurs board are willing to part ways with a manager after the start they have had, here are a few other managers that should be thankful for their clubs’ patience.
Sam Allardyce – West Ham
14 points from 16 games, one place off the drop zone and just 13 goals scored has left Hammers fans worried this season.
Allardyce convinced the board to spend big money on injury-prone Andy Carroll who hasn’t played a single minute of football this season.
Joint-chairman David Gold admitted last week “putting all our eggs in one basket was a mistake” with the purchase of Carroll and they made an error not signing a back-up striker.
Big Sam is likely to be given the whole season to fight his cause but the board might become twitchy if results don’t change soon.
Arsene Wenger – Arsenal
This season it seems to be all smiles. Two points clear at the top of the table, into the knockout stages of the Champions League and a team playing attractive and attacking football.
But Wenger could be just months away from the sack.
Eight-and-a-half years have passed since the Gunners last lifted a trophy, which is far too long for a team dining at Europe’s top table.
If Arsenal’s 6-3 defeat to Manchester City is the start of their downfall, surely the Arsenal board will make a change to end the trophy-less run.
With the title race so unpredictable it is not inconceivable to think Arsenal might miss out on the Premier League. Arsenal are set to face Spurs in the FA Cup and 41-games unbeaten Bayern Munich in the Champions League, so Wenger might have more excuses to find.
David Moyes – Manchester United
The new United boss has been promised time to work by the club after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement last season.
But the Red Devils have suffered a poor start to the season, currently eighth in the league and 10 points behind leaders Arsenal.
If United miss out on Champions League football next season the financial implications would heap pressure on the manager’s position after he inherited a squad which won the league at a canter last year.
The life expectancy of a Premier League manager has dwindled in recent years and it seems if success is not instant then managers are ousted without being given time.
If the trend carries on, Alan Pardew could quickly become the most senior manager in the league. His reign at Newcastle United: three years.
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