Although we are only ten games into the Premier League season, there has already been one managerial casualty with Francesco Guidolin losing his job at Swansea earlier in the season. Many other managers remain under pressure as the Premier League approaches the critical Christmas period.
Who will be the next manager to lose their job?
DAVID MOYES – SUNDERLAND
Former Manchester United manager, David Moyes, leads the Premier League sack race after a dismal start to his career at Sunderland. The Black Cats were forced to appoint Moyes after Sam Allardyce accepted the England job. The Scot is yet to win a game in the league this season and have just two points after ten games which is the worst start in Premier League history. Sunderland look almost certain to be relegated so early on which has meant Moyes’ future is uncertain.
If Moyes does lose his job, Allardyce could be tempted to return to the Stadium of Light where he enjoyed relative success last year. He managed to keep The Black Cats up and was a popular figure before taking the England job. If anyone can save them, ‘Big Sam’ is the man to do it.
Odds to be sacked: 1/3
MIKE PHELAN – HULL CITY
Despite only being given the permanent job at Hull earlier this season, Mike Phelan remains a favourite to lose his job after six losses on the bounce. Early season wins over Leicester and Swansea are long forgotten, and Hull are plummeting towards the bottom of the table. Phelan has run of fixtures that are must-wins throughout November, starting with Southampton away, if he wants to keep his place in the dugout. Rumours of a takeover by a Far East consortium will not help his chances of keeping his job if the Tigers don’t start picking up points soon.
Odds to be sacked: 8/1
JOSE MOURINHO – MANCHESTER UNITED
Jose Mourinho is also under pressure at Manchester United following a run of poor results despite a summer of immense spending. World-record signing, Paul Pogba, hasn’t hit the ground running since his return to Old Trafford and £250,000 per week striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is on a goal scoring drought. Although he was impressive last season for Borussia Dortmund, Mourinho has frozen out £30m signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan with the Armenian international playing just 107 minutes of football in the league. Time could be running out for the ex-Chelsea boss if the Red Devils can’t mount a challenge for the top four and are knocked out of the Europa League.
Odds to be sacked: 10/1
AITOR KARANKA – MIDDLESBROUGH
Middlesbrough got back to winning ways against Bournemouth following a run of seven games without a win. Surprisingly, Aitor Karanka is the joint third favourite to lose his job next despite ‘Boro occupying 15th place. Performances, like we saw against Bournemouth, must continue if Karanka wants to keep the newly promoted side up this season. A tough run of fixtures awaits with ‘Boro facing Manchester City, Chelsea and Leicester in November. A sticky spell of form could mean Karanka’s position could come into question, but the sack remains unlikely for the Spaniard.
Odds to be sacked: 10/1
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