The countdown to Christmas is underway and Paul Heckingbottom will be busy putting up his decorations after being given the heave-ho by Sheffield United.
The former Blades boss is the second Premier League manager to be given the boot this season as Julen Lopetegui’s departure from Wolves on the eve of the campaign technically counts as the first axing.
We’re heading into the most crucial phase of the season and owners of Premier League clubs could be tempted to reach for the P45 forms if results don’t go their way. Who will be the next to go? Well, it’s a bit of a guessing game as pressure is building on a number of bosses and you know it’s only a matter of time before the next club decides enough is enough.
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Steve Cooper‘s done a great job at Nottingham Forest – but that may still not be enough for trigger-happy owner Evangelos Marinakis. He employs a rotating-door policy at another of his clubs, Olympiakos, and there’s murmurings he’s considering replacing Cooper amid their drop in form.
The Greek has ploughed plenty of cash into the playing staff at Forest and, with them ticking along in the lower reaches of the Premier League, his expectations might have risen in their second season back at England’s top table.
Erik ten Hag
Manchester United made their worst start to a top-flight season since 1986 after losing five of their opening 10 league games and they seem to be taking one step forward and two steps back of late.
Despite an encouraging first term that included Carabao Cup glory and a top-four finish, Erik ten Hag‘s reign at Old Trafford is quickly unraveling. Questionable signings and a lack of clear playing style is not a recipe for success.
The fans are yet to turn on the Dutchman, however, and the backdrop of the club’s takeover uncertainty means he has not received too much blame for his side’s poor form. It probably doesn’t help matters that the press are now reporting on a dressing room revolt against the former Ajax man.
Ah, good old Roy Hodgson. A proper legend of the game – but there’s a feeling Crystal Palace’s season is in danger of drifting to mediocrity. The Eagles should have too much quality to avoid the relegation battle but the race for Europe looks out of reach.
It seems unlikely Selhurst Park chiefs would pull the trigger on Hodgson before the end of the campaign, although a changing of the guard when his contract expires at the end of term appears highly likely.
The gap between the Premier League and the Championship has never been bigger and there’s a case to be made that last season’s second tier was probably the weakest in recent memory as all three promoted sides are struggling.
Burnley romped to the title but Vincent Kompany‘s admirable determination to play out from the back is costing them goals at the wrong end of the pitch.
It seems unlikely the Clarets would axe Manchester City legend Kompany because of his transformative effect on the club, although stranger things have happened in the past when it comes to the Premier League relegation fight.
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