Five Premier League managers in danger of the sack next season

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During the last Premier League campaign four managers lost their jobs, while Newcastle's John Carver saw his contract terminated after the end of the season.

The departures of managers has become a common occurrence in English football.

It seems that in this current era it is the man in charge that takes all the blame, rather than the players at his disposal.

The 2015/16 look set to be no different and there will be pressure on each and every manager in the league to deliver the results that their club's owners want.

However it's apparent that some will be under significantly more pressure than others during the course of the campaign.


Reports emerged last year that Leicester City had parted company with their manager. However Pearson was soon reinstated at the club. It turned out to be the correct call by the clubs owners as the team produced a sensational run in winning seven of their final nine games and drawing one.

Leicester's fine end of season form resulted in a 14th place finish, six points above the dreaded relegation zone. It was an achievement that looked impossible when they were rooted to the bottom of the table at Christmas.

While Leicesters 2014/15 campaign will be remembered as one of the greatest escapes in Premier League history this will not make things any easier for Nigel Pearson next season. The pressure will be on once again.

Esteban Cambiasso could be off, a move that will severely weaken the team. The 34-year-old Argentine was a crucial part of the team last season and if he departs then the club will need to find someone who can provide similar moments of inspiration.

The owners stuck by Pearson last season and he re-payed their faith in him. Despite all the good that he did Pearson is still a manager shrouded in controversy.

In February he clashed with Crystal Palace's James McArthur on the touchline and in April launched a scathing rant at a journalist following a defeat to Chelsea. It is controversial moments like this that the Englishman must try to avoid if he is to have a long-term future at the club.

The owners will want to see an improvement from the team this season and will ultimately judge him on results. The fact that he saved them from relegation last season will work in Pearson's favour up to a point. However if results are not good enough then ultimately they may not be as understanding this time around.


Many assumed that the Chilean would lose his job this summer after a disappointing campaign for Manchester City. However the owners have stood by their man in the hope that he can bring success to the Etihad next season. The 61-year-old was under a lot of pressure as last season drew to a close and that pressure will not have lessened when the new campaign begins.

The problem at Manchester City is that they have not achieved success consistently. They are yet to retain a Premier League title and this will be frustrating the owners who no doubt want to see City in a position of domestic dominance.

It's clear that some of City's players did not play to the best of their ability last season, but if Pellegrini is going to stick with the likes of Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure then the pressure will be on him to get the best out of them.

You'd expect Manchester City to be investing heavily this summer and when you are handed a large transfer kitty then this only increases the pressure ahead of the next campaign.

City's owners will want to see better performances from the players they bring in this summer than the likes of Mangala and Fernando produced last season.

It was another disappointing season in Europe for Manchester City as they crashed out at the Round of 16. City's owners will demand more of the team in Europe. They have enough Champions League experience now to be performing to a better level in the competition.

The owners cannot turn City into one of the biggest club's in the world without European success. Unless there is genuine progress in Europe and they are challenging for the title then Pellegrini could be on the way out.


Slavisa Jokanovic the man who led Watford to the Premier League departed club this summer after failing to agree a new contract with the club. Now the clubs owners have turned to former Atletico Madrid coach Quique Flores to keep them in the Premier League next season. The Spaniard becomes the fifth manager to hold the position over the past 12 months.

Flores resigned from his previous club Getafe on 26 February and has been out of the game since then. Watford have appointed a man with plenty of managerial experience which seems to bode well for the future.

Among his best achievements was winning the Europa League with Atletico Madrid in 2010. It's widely expected that next season will be a struggle for Watford so managing the Hertfordshire club will be a whole new challenge.

During the course of the Championship season Watford changed manager three times in little over a month. Managerial changes are common at the club and a potential relegation battle will only increase the chances of yet another change.

It's expected that Watford will struggle in their return to the Premier League and the owners patience with Flores may not last until the end of the season. He will be hoping for a good start to the season to get the fans and owners on his side in what will most likely be a difficult season for the club.


When Liverpool came within touching distance of the Premier League title in the 2013/14 season it was almost unthinkable that we'd be in a position where the Welshman's future at the club is in question.

Things have gone downhill quickly since that excellent campaign and now the pressure is really on the Liverpool manager. Last season's sixth place finish was a huge disappointment for everyone at the club and it wouldn't have been a surprise if Rodgers had lost his job this summer.

The owners have decided to keep faith in the man who so nearly led them to the title in 2014. The owners have given him large transfer funds for the second summer in a row. He has already signed five new players with Nathaniel Clyne also likely to join the Anfield club.

Rodgers will hope that this years signings deliver on their transfer fees because last year's additions proved to be disastrous. With the large sums of money that the owners are investing they will be keeping a close eye on how the new arrivals perform next season.

Liverpool face a tricky start to the season which could set the tone for the campaign ahead. A good run in these early fixtures will give everyone concerned with the club a much needed lift, however a shaky start will cause the pressure to mount on Rodgers who has invested heavily once again.

Liverpool's owners have shown patience with him and perhaps that 2013/14 campaign is still working in his favour, but their patience will run out eventually.

The owners and fans will want a minimum of a top four finish next season. If there comes a point when they do not look like achieving this then a managerial change would not come as surprise.

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is reported to be waiting in the wings and he would be an attractive option should the owners decide to part company with Rodgers.


Tottenham's pursuit of a top four finish will resume next season and all eyes will be on manager Mauricio Pochettino to see if he can deliver what the fans and owners are craving. In Pochettino's first season as manager the club finished fifth, six points behind what many consider to be one of the poorest Manchester United teams of the Premier League era.

Even the goals of Harry Kane could not fire Spurs into the top four, emphasising that they are still quite a way from achieving their goal of European football.

As Tim Sherwood said during his time at Tottenham, this is a club that his finished in the top four once. However this will not change the fans and owners expectations of the team. Pochettino is in a far from stable position, right now.

Daniel Levy will demand improvement from the team next season. The Tottenham owner is no stranger to sacking managers and if Tottenham's push for the top four falters then he could well replace the Argentine.

If Harry Kane or Hugo Lloris leave the club this summer then this will be a big blow for the club. They may accrue a significant fee for either of those players but replacing such influential figures will always be difficult. Tottenham showed this when they squandered much of the Gareth Bale money after selling him to Real Madrid.

The club has made some poor signings over the last few years, the likes of Paulinho and Lamela have not delivered. This summer Pochettino needs to move some of the dead wood on and bring in players that will improve the team.

Pochettino proved himself to be an excellent manager during his time at Southampton but his first season at White Hart Lane was a disappointing one. Levy appears to have given the manager the benefit of the doubt on this occasion.

He's been given more time however it's unclear just how much he'll get. If Tottenham don't perform then this could be a perilous season for Pochettino.

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