So, we're eight games into the Premier League season, and already there has been two managerial casualties, with a number of other bosses under pressure. No doubt it has been a less than emphatic start for some teams, but does the problem lie with the manager or the players? Is sacking the gaffer the best option?
The obvious and most high-profile man in the spotlight is Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho. There is no doubt that he is a manager of immense quality. His record speaks for itself - eight league titles and two Champions League titles. It's obvious that he hasn't got it right and there's talk of dressing room unrest, but a manager of his quality will no doubt turn it around. As long as the fans remain patient.
Tim Sherwood is also feeling the squeeze. He has been in the post a short period of time and has made it quite clear that his aim for this season is survival. Couple that with the sale of their prized asset, Christian Benteke and it's little wonder Villa are where they are. Sherwood did a great job at Spurs and he is likely to come good again.
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Prior to the Manchester United match, Arsene Wenger was under huge pressure. The start to this season has been mixed - inconsistent in the league and truly woeful in the Champions League.
However, his previous record with Champions League qualification is superb, especially when considering the lack of funds that were available. Where Wenger has let himself down, and more importantly the fans down, is the lack of signings now that the cash vault has been unlocked. Certain positions have been crying out for strengthening for some time.
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Manger's under pressure
That said, the Arsenal board know what a sterling job Wenger did during times of austerity, and for that he has a job for life. It is an example to board members across the country that off the back of one great result, the pressure has been lifted. No doubt Arsenal will falter again and it will be back on but don't ever expect Wenger to be fired. He will go when he says he's ready to.
The next man to fear the dreaded vote of confidence (as dismissal usually follows within weeks) is Steve McClaren - who has been in charge at Newcastle for a very short period of time. Admittedly, results have been poor but he needs longer to get to know the players and the players need time to get to know him. He has different ideas to the previous managers on how to play the game.
Dick Advocaat also fell into this bracket. The pressure got far too much, causing him to jump before he was pushed. Why was he under so much scrutiny so soon into the season?
Rodgers had to go
Brendan Rodgers, on the other hand, didn't have any excuses. He inherited a strong Liverpool squad, bolstered by the quite sublime, individual match winner that is Luis Suarez. Couple that with his partnership with Daniel Sturridge and Rodgers was spoilt.
Liverpool have rescued their season, but the next managerial appointment needs to be a big manager who can not only handle big names, but attract them. If they go for an up and coming manager again, they could find themselves in exactly the same situation in 12 months time.
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