As is often the case when it comes to Chelsea managers, Maurizio Sarri’s position is being questioned after recent hammerings away from home. His Chelsea side lost 4-0 at Bournemouth and 6-0 at Manchester City, so despite the fact he has his team in a cup final, in two other cup competitions and well in the race for a top-four finish, Sarri is seemingly under pressure. It’s almost certain that at least one Premier League manager will be sacked before the end of the season. Fulham, Huddersfield, Manchester United and Southampton have all made managerial changes during the current campaign, but who is likely to be the next manager to head to the exit door? We’ve taken a look at the contenders.
The bookies’ favourite to be the next manager sacked is Maurizio Sarri. Chelsea are having, by most club’s standards, a pretty decent season but the wheels might be coming off and we all know that the Blues are never shy to pull the trigger. Does anyone know what Guus Hiddink is up to these days?
There was a lot of enthusiasm around Goodison Park earlier in the season but Everton’s form has been pretty terrible for a while. The Toffees have lost 12 league games this year and they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Millwall. The mood around the club is pretty dark and like Chelsea, Everton have been quick to sack managers in recent seasons so it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see Silva go.
There’s something about Claude Puel that rubs fans up the wrong way. He was sacked by Southampton due to the lack of entertaining football and all signs suggest that the same will happen at Leicester at some point. He’s seemingly fallen out with star man Jamie Vardy and when that happens, it’s often the manager who has to go.
How often have we seen a manager come in to try and pull off a rescue act, only for it to go wrong and the club to make another change? Fulham are eight points from safety and things haven’t gone swimmingly under Claudio Ranieri so they could decide to make another change.
Brighton owe Chris Hughton a lot, but football is a big business and managers are judged on results. Brighton’s form has been pretty poor, they have won just one of their last 11 games in the league and as such, they’ve been dragged back into the relegation race.
Like rivals Brighton, Crystal Palace are in a relegation battle and with such a talented squad, it’s hard to justify why they’re only three points above the relegation zone. If they go on a bad run, they could easily find themselves making a change.
Ralph Hasenhuttl was brought in to keep Southampton up but they’re still in the relegation zone. They had the chance to give themselves some breathing room with games against Burnley, Crystal Palace and Cardiff, but two draws and a loss have left them in big trouble. Saints made a very late change last season in a bid to survive. Could they do the same again?
Rafa Benitez is doing well to have Newcastle in 16th place but there is still so much speculation about his future. He’s so popular with the fans but we all know Mike Ashley isn’t really fussed what the fans think and if he questions Benitez’s loyalty then he could make the decision to sack him. You can’t help but feel he’d be shooting himself in the foot, but it wouldn’t be the first time, would it?
Sean Dyche is very, very popular at Burnley and there’s a good chance that they would keep him even if they went down. However, if they do go on a bad run and look to be in big trouble, they could make a change as the cost of dropping down a division is so huge.
West Ham are an enigma. They’re without a win in five games in all competitions, including hammerings away to AFC Wimbledon and Wolves, but they’ve also played really well against Arsenal and Liverpool in recent weeks. Manuel Pellegrini’s job looks safe enough but expectations are big at West Ham, especially after the expenditure over the summer, and if they continue to pass up chances to win games, the pressure will build.