Tim Sherwood's odd prediction for the Premier League season has already been proved wrong

Sherwood's response prompted a few raised eyebrows

Whenever a new Premier League season gets underway, it always prompts debate as to who will be the first manager sacked.

In the 2017/18 campaign, it took Crystal Palace just four games to decide they had witnessed enough of Frank de Boer.

The Dutchman never even got to see his side score a goal, but he wasn't the only one who quickly found himself out of a job.

After 12 games - the same stage we're at now - Craig Shakespeare (Leicester), Ronald Koeman (Everton), Slaven Bilic (West Ham) and Tony Pulis (West Brom) had all been given the boot.

It's little wonder fans have come up with the phrase "sacking season".

It's fair to say that this time around, things have quietened down considerably compared to previous years; it probably helps that Swansea are no longer counted among the data.

Mark Hughes, Rafa Benitez, and David Wagner have all been under pressure, while Jose Mourinho's head is expected to roll whenever Manchester United slip up.

All four are still clinging on, however, and on Wednesday, it was Fulham who acted first, axeing Slavisa Jokanovic.

Sherwood definitely didn't see it coming 

Not everybody would have predicted that, as Shahid Khan wanted to remain faithful to the man who took the Whites up from the Championship.

In fact, only this weekend, Robbie Savage asked a panel on BT Sport who they thought would be the first to go. Wagner and Hughes were both touted as obvious choices, but Tim Sherwood had a rather unusual prediction:

"I'm not sure we're going to see any sackings this season," he said.

"I just think that they'll stick to their guns this year.

"I think there are a lot of teams who are underachieving, but I think you're more likely to stay in the division sticking to your guns."

Fulham had to move fast 

There's very little evidence that's the case - although Sherwood was sacked by Aston Villa in October 2015 after six straight losses, so maybe that explains his unconventional views.

It took a grand total of four days for him to be proved wrong.

Jokanovic has been replaced by Claudio Ranieri

Jokanovic's removal, and the subsequent appointment of the miraculous Claudio Ranieri, has divided Fulham fans. The irony, of course, is that the Serbian was actually the Tinkerman's first signing for Chelsea, back in 2000.

The reality, harsh though it may be on the popular coach, is that Fulham have accrued just five points from 12 games and are on course to concede more goals than any other side in Premier League history, eclipsing Derby's woeful record from 2007/08.

In those circumstances, the newly-promoted outfit were never going to just "stick to their guns". 

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