Premier League Managers – Who’s Next on the Chopping Block?
January 8, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

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Francesco Guidolin, Alan Pardew, Bob Bradley and Mike Phelan have already been tossed to the managerial scrap yard this season. It’s a very cruel business, and given the frequency of sackings and appointments, while flicking through the channels it can be hard to distinguish between Sky Sports News and a soap opera.

There is one thing for certain, we will see more managerial sackings before the season has ended. But who is next to be axed?

Side note: Do unemployed managers go on the dole? Imagine Mike Phelan heading down to the Post Office and signing on. He’d probably pick up a chicken fillet roll on the way home. Watch some Judge Judy. Class.

Walter Mazzarri

With no wins in the last five for Watford, Walter Mazzarri is the bookie’s favourite to be the next on the chopping block. While the cool Italian has played down suggestions that he is nearing the end of the road, with Watford slipping down the table and struggling to pick up any points on the road, it seems quite unlikely that he’ll avoid a sacking in January.

From the past five league matches, Watford have only picked up a single point out of a possible fifteen. While they do sit one point ahead of the English champions and Europe-dominating Leicester (ahem), Mazzarri will need to start picking up points, and soon.

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Claude Puel

In recent seasons, Southampton have surprised everyone by their ability to come back even stronger after losing top managers and key players. It seemed that for every manager they lost, a new one would spawn and bring them further up the table.

But this year has not gone to plan. From the dizzy heights of finishing above Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton last year, Southampton now sit in 10th after losing three on the bounce. A heavy defeat away to Everton, a loss to the Baggies which saw captain Virgil Van Dijk sent off in the closing minutes as well as another thrashing at home to high-flying Spurs all confirm that it is the manner of the defeats that will worry the Southampton board.

Although it has not been a disaster of a season for the saints by any stretch of the imagination, unless Puel can turn their results around, there might be another club looking for a new manager quite soon.

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David Moyes

The former Everton and Manchester United manager came out swinging last weekend after Sunderland twice came from behind to draw with a much-fancied Liverpool side. It seems obvious that his team are willing to fight for him in an attempt to yet again avoid relegation.

But the fact that Sunderland sit in the relegation zone must be worrying for the fans and David Moyes alike. While they enjoyed a fruitful November and beginning of December, Sunderland have only picked up a single win in the last 6 league outings.

Everyone (well, apart from Liverpool fans) would like to see David Moyes do well, but he being one of the next managerial casualties is looking more and more likely.

david-moyes-sunderland

The managerial roundabout is as entertaining as it is cruel. We are unlikely to see another manager last at one club in the same way Arsène Wenger and Alex Ferguson did. While there’s no doubt that there will be clubs soon looking for a new manager, it’s not all doom and gloom. I hear Roy Hodgson is looking for a job.

Mike Phelan, eating a Mars bar and reading the paper at two o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon:

“Are you checking the job vacancies, love?” his wife will ask.

“Em, ahem, yeah.” He’ll mutter back, as he flicks from the third page.

Andy Leech
Writes about sport and the general idiocy of the human race. Once read a George Orwell book and now understands life.

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Premier League Managers – Who’s Next on the Chopping Block?
January 8, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

premier-league-managers-whos-next-on-the-chopping-block

Francesco Guidolin, Alan Pardew, Bob Bradley and Mike Phelan have already been tossed to the managerial scrap yard this season. It’s a very cruel business, and given the frequency of sackings and appointments, while flicking through the channels it can be hard to distinguish between Sky Sports News and a soap opera.

There is one thing for certain, we will see more managerial sackings before the season has ended. But who is next to be axed?

Side note: Do unemployed managers go on the dole? Imagine Mike Phelan heading down to the Post Office and signing on. He’d probably pick up a chicken fillet roll on the way home. Watch some Judge Judy. Class.

Walter Mazzarri

With no wins in the last five for Watford, Walter Mazzarri is the bookie’s favourite to be the next on the chopping block. While the cool Italian has played down suggestions that he is nearing the end of the road, with Watford slipping down the table and struggling to pick up any points on the road, it seems quite unlikely that he’ll avoid a sacking in January.

From the past five league matches, Watford have only picked up a single point out of a possible fifteen. While they do sit one point ahead of the English champions and Europe-dominating Leicester (ahem), Mazzarri will need to start picking up points, and soon.

walter-mazzarri-watford

Claude Puel

In recent seasons, Southampton have surprised everyone by their ability to come back even stronger after losing top managers and key players. It seemed that for every manager they lost, a new one would spawn and bring them further up the table.

But this year has not gone to plan. From the dizzy heights of finishing above Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton last year, Southampton now sit in 10th after losing three on the bounce. A heavy defeat away to Everton, a loss to the Baggies which saw captain Virgil Van Dijk sent off in the closing minutes as well as another thrashing at home to high-flying Spurs all confirm that it is the manner of the defeats that will worry the Southampton board.

Although it has not been a disaster of a season for the saints by any stretch of the imagination, unless Puel can turn their results around, there might be another club looking for a new manager quite soon.

claude-puel-southampton

David Moyes

The former Everton and Manchester United manager came out swinging last weekend after Sunderland twice came from behind to draw with a much-fancied Liverpool side. It seems obvious that his team are willing to fight for him in an attempt to yet again avoid relegation.

But the fact that Sunderland sit in the relegation zone must be worrying for the fans and David Moyes alike. While they enjoyed a fruitful November and beginning of December, Sunderland have only picked up a single win in the last 6 league outings.

Everyone (well, apart from Liverpool fans) would like to see David Moyes do well, but he being one of the next managerial casualties is looking more and more likely.

david-moyes-sunderland

The managerial roundabout is as entertaining as it is cruel. We are unlikely to see another manager last at one club in the same way Arsène Wenger and Alex Ferguson did. While there’s no doubt that there will be clubs soon looking for a new manager, it’s not all doom and gloom. I hear Roy Hodgson is looking for a job.

Mike Phelan, eating a Mars bar and reading the paper at two o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon:

“Are you checking the job vacancies, love?” his wife will ask.

“Em, ahem, yeah.” He’ll mutter back, as he flicks from the third page.

Andy Leech
Writes about sport and the general idiocy of the human race. Once read a George Orwell book and now understands life.

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