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We’re well past halfway stage in the Premier League and the charge for the line has begun. For some clubs there’s hope and a chance of a memorable ending, for others it’s doom and gloom and forlorn calls to ‘null and void’ the whole thing.
That means that whispers grow louder over which Premier League manager will be the next one to leave his post. Thankfully, the number crunchers in Power Tower are always available to tell you which way the money is going.
Slaven Bilic was the first casualty of the season before Frank Lampard became the second boss to bite the dust at Chelsea. But who could be next…?
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It’s a familiar story for Jose Mourinho at Tottenham, with the Portuguese boss having overseen an alarming slump at his most recent club after a promising start. Earlier this season Spurs were flirting with a title charge but now that feels like a lifetime away. Time for a change?
Steve Bruce is almost-always under pressure at Newcastle and it’s no different right now following poor results and, often, even worse performances on the pitch. Toon supporters haven’t had a lot to shout about for while and many have grown tired of his side’s dull, defensive displays. Let’s not even get started on what goes on off the pitch up at St James’ Park.
Roy Hodgson always has a job on his hands at Crystal Palace and he generally seems to get the best out the limited resources he has at his disposal. However, it seems the former England manager is always three or four defeats in a row from the precipice and, if he doesn’t continue toeing the fine line between defensive performances and grinding out just enough results, he could be in big trouble. There’s only so long you can tread water and the 73-year-old’s contract is up in the summer. The perfect cocktail for a parting of ways?
In the summer it was unfathomable to see Jurgen Klopp on this list at a price below three digits but here we are. Liverpool’s title defence has been blighted by the intense fixture list and injuries to key players – mostly in the backline. Klopp has form in falling off a cliff after reaching the summit as the end of his time at Borussia Dortmund shows. It feels unlikely the Liverpool hierachy will pull the trigger on the first man to win them a title in three decades, but with a lot going on off the pitch for the German maybe he will call time on his stay at Anfield?
Boyhood Blades fan Chris Wilder was living the dream last season as his newly-promoted Sheffield United side dumbfounded the critics, pundits, bookies and supporters alike with a surprise charge for a European spot through their league position. However, they’re staring down the barrel of a relegation and quick return to The Championship. They’ve had a small upturn in fortunes recently but some sections of the Sheffield United support have lost the faith with their manager. Will the board do the same?
It took a while for Sean Dyche and Burnley to get going this season but they’re back to their combative best and look to be guiding themselves towards safety. However, with a recent take over and the potential of a new beginning at Turf Moor, could Dyche be the first casualty of the Burnley revolution?
Unprecedented times. Even Big Sam Allardyce is struggling to keep a side in the Premier League. The West Brom boss is already under pressure after failing to secure his trademark upturn in fortunes since replacing Slaven Bilic at West Brom. Allardyce is yet to be relegated from the Premier League but that record looks in serious jeopardy – that’s if he even makes it to the end of the season.
Nuno Espirito Santo was untouchable at Wolves just a few months ago, but the long-term injury to talismanic forward Raul Jimenez looks to have completely upended the apple cart at Wolves. He’s looking increasingly forlorn but has had some good results in February to keep him away from the top of this list.
Can a manager survive two 9-0 pastings at a club? Ralph Hasenhuttl will be hoping the Southampton board stick by him yet again after their latest thumping. After all, Saints were top of the table not that long ago.
Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta is probably lucky to still be in his job after a frankly diabolical start to the season for The Gunners which saw them, at one point, talked about as being in the relegation mix. That’s really not good enough for a club of Arsenal’s stature and it’s easy to see why there have been howls of frustration with Arteta’s management.
It’s been one long struggle for Fulham in the Premier League this season, and stalemates with Brighton and West Ham either side of a 2-2 draw with West Brom represent a host of missed points. Scott Parker is surely feeling the heat down in the drop zone.
Brighton’s Graham Potter can be readily accused of putting style over substance as The Seagulls’ habit of playing well but losing began to grate on the fanbase at the start of the season. However, improved results in 2021 – including wins over Tottenham and Liverpool – have eased the pressure.
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