Premier League: The managerial sack race

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After just five Premier League games, Paolo Di Canio became the first managerial casualty of the 2013/2014 season.

In a cut-throat business where results rule all, Sunderland decided it was time to cut ties with the enigmatic Italian and brought in Gus Poyet as his replacement.

Now, Sky Sports are reporting that odds on Cardiff manager Malky Mackay to be the to lose his job have been slashed from 40/1 to as short as 6/4.

With this in mind, GMS Academy member, Thomas Hember, takes a look at who could be the next Premier League manager to be handed his P45.

Martin Jol - Fulham

When one team can call upon the attacking prowess of Darren Bent, Dimitar Berbatov, Bryan Ruiz and Adel Taarabt you're guaranteed to see goals, right? Wrong.

A pathetic return of just five goals in seven league games has seen Martin Jol come under pressure from the Fulham faithful, and despite a 1-0 win against Stoke last time out, performances will need to improve if the Dutchman is to keep his job.

Shahid Khan took control of the club from Mohamed Al Fayed during the summer and will expect to see his new club challenging for the top ten, not in a relegation dog-fight. 

Chris Hughton - Norwich City

Having surpassed all expectations last season by finishing 11th in their second season back in the Premier League, Norwich decided to back manager Chris Hughton in the summer transfer window. 

Over £26.5million was spent on securing the signatures of eight new players, with Ricky van Wolfswinkel being the most costly of those at £8.8million.

Unfortunately, Hughton's men have yet to reap the rewards from a summer of spending and currently find themselves in the Premier League relegation zone. With trips to Arsenal and Manchester City featuring in their next three fixtures, Hughton's future could be questioned sooner rather than later.

Alan Pardew - Newcastle United

Alan Pardew's men haven't made a bad start to the season, and after seven games they find themselves just four points off the Champions League places but, this is Newcastle we're talking about.

Joe Kinnear was brought in as Director of Football over the summer and immediately questions were asked about the future of Pardew.

The Magpies have made a solid start and will be delighted with the impact of their lone summer signing, Loic Remy (five goals in five games) but with Kinnear waiting in the wings a bad run of results could see Pardew's time on Tyneside cut short by maverick owner Mike Ashley.

Andre Villas-Boas - Tottenham Hotspur

Of all the candidates on this list, Andre Villas-Boas is perhaps the most surprising, but give us a second to justify his inclusion.

When a club spends over £100million in one summer, you expect results to be good, and quite frankly, a 3-0 defeat at home to West Ham is far from good.

Yes, they recuperated most of that money with the sale of Gareth Bale, but the Tottenham hierarchy would not have expected two defeats in the opening seven games.

If Spurs fail to keep up the pace in the Premier League title race don't be surprised to see AVB shown the door, after all, with the money at their disposal, Daniel Levy would be confident of attracting some of the biggest names in football management to White Hart Lane 

Gustavo Poyet - Sunderland

Ok, so Poyet is highly unlikely to be shown the exit door having only just made his way through the entrance, but Sunderland have had six managers in five years, and Paolo Di Canio was only afforded 13 games at the helm.

However, expect Poyet's arrival to coincide with an up-turn in fortunes and he'll undoubtedly be given the chance to make alterations to his squad come January. 

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