Surprisingly for us all, there has yet to be a single manager sacked in Premier League.
Part of this may be that the Premier League is so tight at the bottom. Just eight points separating the bottom side, Leicester, from the 11th placed side, Everton. However, the festive period may not be pleasant for the Premier League teams at the foot of the table, and this may mean we are not far away from seeing our first managerial casualty.
Two months ago, there was no point in an article like this as Alan Pardew was favourite for the drop by a country mile. But, since then Newcastle of hit a purple patch and most recently inflicted Chelsea their first defeat of the season.
The list of current candidates for the chop looks to be growing, however it is hard to tell who shall be first. Alan Irvine was a questionable appointment from the very start of the season, his current job at West Brom being Irvine’s first as a manager.
A factor out of his control was, West Brom bought in nine senior players of the summer and not all of these look to have settled down yet. However, surely it shall only be a matter of time before they do but with £10 million Brown Ideye yet to score, the pressure is all but increasing.
Three of West Brom’s next four games are against sides in the bottom half. Defeat in the first two of those and it could be the end of the line for Irvine. Newly promoted side Leicester have not won in their past nine league games, with the pressure clearly getting to Nigel Pearson after the defeat to Liverpool in the week.
An area which Leicester lack is Premier League experience on the field and lately goals have been hard to come by. Leicester and Pearson now look in real trouble as the festive period contains three games against sides in top half. After their poor start to the season, QPR fans looked to be in for a long nine months. Since then, Harry Redknapp has slowly turned things around for the Rangers.
QPR have been hard to beat at home, however their away form has been extremely poor. Like West Brom, three of QPR’s next games are against sides in the bottom half, so this is where Harry can secure his job.
The only manager that is not fighting to beat the drop, which may come as a surprise inclusion is Arsene Wenger. Many may disagree, but on a day when #WengerOut was tweeted over 30,000 times on Twitter, it comes hard to ignore.
Arsenal fans have been crying out for more than fourth place and to challenge for the Premier League title for years. A general feel, is that many felt Wenger should have stepped down after the FA Cup victory last season and gone out on a high.
Now seven months on, Wenger is still in the job and Arsenal have been very inconsistent. Over the festive period, things don’t look to be getting much easier for Arsenal either as four of their next five games are against sides in the top ten.
Who knows in the crazy world of football who will be next to be sacked, but surely it will be one of these four…
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