The pressure is mounting on Premier Leauge managers and after several poor starts to the season for some, who is going to be the first to be sacked?
We are now eight games into the season and the table is starting to take shape. Some teams are doing far worse than expected and with Christmas soon approaching change could be needed. No club is yet to make a managerial change, which is surprising, but we suspect it won’t be too much longer.
Club owners will be well aware of how important it is to get the festive fixtures right. The table at Christmas time never tends to look that much different come may. Sometimes all a team need is a new manager to give them a new lease of life.
With the Premier League back this weekend, could one bad result mean the end for someone?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 17/10 (PaddyPower)
If United had lost their last game against Everton, surely it would have been the end of his time at Old Trafford. United have struggled in the Premier League this season and are currently 14th in the table. They have won just three out of their opening seven games and have found the consistency to be a real struggle.
When you take away the fact Solskajer is a United legend, you do wonder how a club as big as United gave him the job. He got Cardiff relegated from the Premier League and then went on to manage a Norweigan side who not many had heard of an his last trophy as with Molde back in 2013. When you compare that to the likes on Klopp, Mourinho, Pep and Ancelotti, he is a long way off. It could be one more bad result for Solskjaer to get sacked.
Slaven Bilic – 13/5 (PaddyPower)
West Brom are still yet to record their first Premier League win of the season. They are currently 18th with three draws and five losses so far. Bilic’s side have scored just six goals this season, the third least, and conceded 17, the joint-worst. This looks like there are problems all over the pitch and if they want to survive this season it might be time for a new manager.
West Brom have a really tough run of games coming up, starting with Man United this weekend. Should they find themselves on the receiving end of a heavy defeat, the West Brom board may feel its time to part ways before it’s too late.
Scott Parker – 7/2 (PaddyPower)
The fact that Fulham beat West Brom will be helping Scott Parker keep is job an awful lot. His side have really struggled with life in the Premier League and have won one, drawn one and lost six. He is a bit like Solskjaer in terms of we don’t really know why he got the job. He came in as caretaker manager and held onto the role on a more permanent basis.
Last week, when Lookman took the penalty from Mitrovic and missed it in the 98th minute, won’t look good for Parker either. Players should listen to his instructions and respect him. Does this mean he has lost the changing room already? You wouldn’t have seen someone do that to Fergie!
Christmas is going to be a very tough period for a number of managers. Come the 25th December we could have a whole new group of managers in the Premier League.