Ah, the Premier League manager sack race.
It seems that after 6/7 games of every season, there are a few frontrunners who are already facing the boot.
Whether this be new managers who have spent big in order to turn around the fortunes of a club, or more experienced gaffers who are simply struggling to motivate their teams, the sack race is a prominent part of the footballing community at this point.
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So, who is staring down the barrel after particularly poor starts to the season?
The Premier League's bottom club are always likely to be the one whose manager is under the most pressure. Experienced Dutchman Dick Advocaat kept Sunderland in the Premier league last season and was all set to leave the club but for a late change of heart and influence from his significant other.
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Advocaat must now be wishing that he retired, with Sunderland propping up the table following just two draws from six games. Pile on top of that a destructive 4-1 loss to Manchester City in the League Cup, and things are looking bleak for the experienced manager.
The fans at the Stadium Of Light will not tolerate it for much longer, with protests already taking place and mass walkouts a common occurrence.
Brendan Rodgers is leading a charmed life at Liverpool. Following their dismal penalty victory over lowly League Two side Carlisle, fans have completely turned on the Northern Irishman, with boos ringing out at full-time yesterday.
Rodgers time at Anfield is seemingly up, with strong links to both Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti refusing to go away. Rodgers has seemingly survived the debacle in the League Cup, but nothing less than a win against struggling Aston Villa on Saturday will keep him in a job at the Merseyside Club.
Steve McClaren has struggled to galvanise Newcastle since taking over in the summer. Following their exit to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup last night, Newcastle fans are desperately wanting Mike Ashley to replace the former England manager.
It makes it worse when you consider that McClaren was significantly backed in the transfer market, with Newcastle shelling out over £50 million on new players in the off season. The North East side are in real danger of being dragged into a relegation dog fight.
Tim Sherwood remains a fairly new manager to the business. Following revitalising Villa towards the back end of last season, the Midlands club have really struggled this term, throwing away leads and losing to nearest rivals West Brom. However Sherwood remains positive, and a derby win over Birmingham in the League Cup will have eased the pressure on Sherwood.
Jose Mourinho...just joking.
It remains to be seen which of the managers will be relieved of their duties first. With Sunderland away at Old Trafford on Saturday, Advocaat is perhaps granted a stay of execution as he won't be expected to pick up anything.
But if Brendan Rodgers' side are beaten by 'bogey' team Villa, will almost certainly be given his P45.
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