The pressure is mounting on Premier League managers and we’re now approaching the business end of the season, so who is the favourite to go?
With just eight games left of the season, the table is looking bleak for some, with a last-minute managerial change the only hope! Some teams are doing far worse than expected and us getting closer to the end of the season, those at the bottom may make a last-minute attempt at survival. So far, three managers have lost their jobs in Slaven Bilic, Frank Lampard and Chris Wilder. We do expect more to go before the end of the season, however.
Club owners will be well aware of how important it is to get the festive fixtures right. The table around this sort of time never tends to be too far off what it is 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?
No Manager To Leave – 5/6 (Paddy Power)
Now, this is an interesting market. For most sides, by now they will have some idea where they will finish this season. A club is only going to change a manager now to keep them in the league. That being said though, clubs like Newcastle and Crystal palace have probably accepted they are going to change manager next season, but won’t want to rush in changing a manager.
Clubs may have alright highlighted that they will get rid of the manager but at the end of the season. This would give them the summer to interview potential candidates and bring in who they feel is best. With just 8 games remaining it’s not a lot of time for someone new to come in, get to know the player and implement their style of football on the club.
Roy Hodgson – 11/4 (PaddyPower)
The Crystal Palace manager is now 73 and will be coming to the end of his career sooner rather than later. His side have been disappointing this season and with this being the final year of his contract, we can’t see Palace extending it.
Currently, they aren’t in a relegation fight but if the next few results are bad, he may just get an early retirement!
Steve Bruce – 9/2 (PaddyPower)
The pressure has been on Steve Bruce since the moment he took over at Newcastle. The Magpies are a huge club but have been far from their best over the past ten years or so. The fans want a manager who can take them back towards the top of the table and they don’t see that happening with Bruce in charge.
Newcastle are currently 17th in the table and haven’t had the best of seasons. They spent £35 million in the summer bringing in Wilson and Fraser from Bournemouth. They are two exciting forwards but Bruce hasn’t got the best out of them yet. The pressure really started to mount when Newcastle went nine league games without a win. Currently, Newcastle sit three points above the bottom three on level games. This is far too close to the relegation spots for the clubs liking and rumours of a takeover are on hold in case Newcastle actually go down. With 8 games to go, could a new face give the club the boost they need to stay in the Premier League?