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The half-way stage of the Premier League means only one thing – some clubs are going to start pulling the trigger in a bid to save their seasons. And with the evenings getting longer and the games remaining tally getting shorter, the pressure ramps up for every manager in England’s top tier.
That means the whispers have already started about 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 on Monday when Chelsea gave him the boot. But who could be next…?
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.
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 fell off a cliff post lockdown and things haven’t got much better this season. 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?
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. It seems the former England manager is always three our four consecutive defeats from the precipice and if he doesn’t continue toeing the fine line between defensive performances and grinding out just enough results then he could be in big trouble.
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.
Brighton’s Graham Potter can be readily accused of putting style over substance as The Seagulls’ habit of playing well but losing begins to grate on the fanbase. A lack of killer mentality at both ends of the pitch has cost them multiple times on the pitch this season and may end up costing Potter his job down on the south coast.
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 and his side are putting in performances which mirror their manager’s gloomy outlook.
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