It's a competitive league to manage in and you should consider yourself lucky if you last longer than a month (if that) but, being in the prestigious English Premier League, you have to be able to thrive up there with the best.

This season has seen some surprising and some not so surprising alterations to staff, seeing some favourites get the sack and some just needing to leave. 

One that is a unique case was that of Ian Holloway deciding he needed to quit as manager of freshly promoted team Crystal Palace. No stranger to the top division previously managing Blackpool and getting them promoted up to it, he did the same with Palace.

Assuming he'd be used to the pressure it takes to keep a new-boy club up in the top division, he did not have it when it came to the Eagles, leaving by mutual consent due to the lack of energy to keep them there - he went to manage Millwall instead.

On the plus side, Palace gained a more experienced manager in the top division in the form of Tony Pulis. Being sacked by Stoke City for a run of poor results, he was unattached, seeing his move to London take place. Currently doing a superb job too, Pulis has picked up seven wins and one draw out of the 14 games he's managed them in. So on the choice of replacing Holloway with Pulis, brilliant.

Another fantastic choice for me was the sacking of controversial figure Paolo Di Canio and the appointment of Gus Poyet.

Di Canio did string together a few good results for Sunderland when he took over, although not good enough when you start a new campaign and can't make the most of the mass-load of signings you just made. Still causing some media trouble too, he was inevitably fired, seeing him replaced with former Brighton & Hove Albion manager Poyet. 

Seeing his job being taken away from him for his own small part of controversy, he was more than happy to start his new managing career in Tyneside, and it has bloomed with much success.

With no win to their name before his arrival, Poyet has so far gathered six wins and five draws in 18 league games, as well as taking his club to the quarter finals of the FA Cup and even beating teams such as Manchester United and Chelsea to see his men reach the Capital One Cup final. Can't argue with that choice.

Now to move on to the sackings I can find no logic in, we start with possibly the most shocking of the season in Cardiff City's choice to drop Malky Mackay

For a freshly promoted team that have never been in the Premier League, Cardiff seemed to be flourishing under the Scotsman, picking up 17 points in 18 matches, including wins against Manchester City and Swansea, and a draw against Manchester United.

Even if he did have a disagreement with club chairman Vincent Tan, surely you can put the importance of what's best for the club ahead of personal affairs. Alas, this was not the case. He was notified of his firing and eventually replaced by former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

Although a good manager, I do not see him near as good as Mackay. So far the Norwegian has only picked up four points in six games, with Mackay picking up double that in his first six matches in charge, though to be fair Solskjær has had somewhat of a slightly more difficult start.

Another example of an unfathomable sacking is that of Swansea's dismissal of Michael Laudrup

I can understand chairman Huw Jenkins thoughts may have been the run of results prior to the sacking, but the amount of success Laudrup brought to the club - including silverware in the form of the Capital One Cup, I felt he could have been given more time. Now taken over by player-manager Garry Monk, I can see the success being temporary, but I really do think Laudrup was the best man for the job.

On the subject of time, it'd be hard not to mention the confusing and messy management change at Fulham. 

Martin Jol will always be a manager I respect, I feel he has brought some sort of success to most clubs he's been in charge of - but I also feel the choice to let him go was correct.

His general philosophy of bringing in older players on the cheap that can contribute may have worked for so long, but in this day and age you need to start the turnover of younger players. Most can not cope with a lot of matches a month due to fatigue, but to rely on over-30s with that task nowadays in the Premier League is asking a lot. So bring on former Manchester United number two René Meulensteen.

For me Meulensteen was starting a new dawn at Fulham, changing the way of playing and the general philosophy. Though having similar results to predecessor Jol, I felt with more time he could have really implemented his ways and eventually brought the results. Again, this was not the case, being replaced, but not sacked, all of a sudden by former Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich manager Felix Magath.

Finally, I wanted to tackle the most headline-making management change that some agree with and some do not - David Moyes.

Having managed Merseyside club Everton for 11 successful years on not a hugely competitive amount of money and always aiming for Champions League (once earning it), he is a well respected manager. Moving to Old Trafford, however, he had huge boots to fill after the retirement of the living legend that is Sir Alex Ferguson.

On paper Moyes seems perfect for the job; he can take on the most elite teams with confidence, he can raise youth, he can maintain his senior squad remarkably, his eye for signings is fantastic and overall his team become true fighters.

So far though, things are not so bright for the Red Devils. Don't get me wrong, I am not excluding them from a Champions League qualification possibility, but if I was a United fan I would not be totally pleased right now. Sitting in seventh place and enduring some embarrassing losses, this is reminding me of when Roy Hodgson took over Liverpool. 

I feel Moyes is trying to implement what he had at Everton with a more defensive stance sometimes, which when you think about Fergie's United it was pure attack, going for the jugular and dominance. Also, Fergie was someone a player wanted to work under, a man they looked up to and admired - so far club captain Nemanja Vidić has confirmed he is leaving at the end of the season and it looks like a few other starting XI may be too while working under Moyes.

I'm not saying it's easy to fill shoes as big as that at United, but it seems more obvious each day maybe Moyes was not the right choice.

In conclusion - it's extremely obvious nowadays that managers need to get more time to deliver what they have in mind as they just do not get enough, this could be the case with Moyes. It's a very different and interesting looking table now compared to previous seasons, but I suspect surprises are still on the horizon given the unpredictability of this league and it's club's chairmen.

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