Managing a club is not an easy job. You need tactics, players, and luck in order to survive there. It won’t take much to go from a hero to villain and vice versa. Look at Alan Pardew of Newcastle United. Everyone thought he would be the first one to get sacked in September, but with a sudden turnaround he has won over the faith of Newcastle fans again. This is the first time in the history of Premier League where no club manager has lost their job by the start of the December. But with so many managers under pressure now, it won’t be long before the sack race restarts.
Here are the top five managers who are favorites to get sacked:
1. Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool overachieved a lot last season. With Suarez and Sturridge scoring a lot of goals, Liverpool finished as high as second in the league. But now that Suarez has joined Barcelona and Sturridge is injured, Liverpool are now struggling and 13th in the league. They are nine points off from the last season.
A draw in the Champions League against FC Basel knocked Liverpool out of the tournament. Brendan Rodgers is now under pressure and his side is struggling to get back-to-back results. Various reports say John W. Henry is set to meet Rodgers on Monday to discuss about his position. If the Reds lose the derby on Sunday, it could mark the end of Rodgers’s Liverpool career.
2. Steve Bruce
Just like Liverpool, Hull City was the other team that overachieved last season. A respectable mid-table finish and European qualification was a lot more than they expected. Despite receiving enough transfer backing from his chairman, Steve Bruce is struggling in this season. Hull City is currently in 18th position in the table with just 13 points. And their recent form, two draws and four defeats in the Premier League, is not helping them. If Steve Bruce’s men can’t find a win against high-flying Chelsea this weekend, they may say goodbye to their manager.
3. Alan Irvine
When West Bromwich Albion appointed Alan Irvine in the summer, I was as surprised as most every other football fan. I couldn’t see how a manager who struggled to find his feet in the lower division was going to manage a club in the Premier League. But after a slow start to the campaign, his side started to pick up points. Three consecutive wins against Tottenham, Hull City, and Burnley made me think the other way. But since then, West Bromwich had only won one game that is against Leicester and is currently sitting 16th in the table. With four defeats in the last five matches, Alan Irvine side has to win this week’s game against Aston Villa.
4. Nigel Pearson
When Leicester came back from 3-1 to win 5-3 against Manchester United, every one hailed them. All of them predicted Nigel Pearson’s side to repeat the heroics of Hull City last season. But then their form dipped. A series of bad results saw Leicester falling from European spots to relegation places. A form of just one point from their last six matches is not definitely helping Nigel Pearson. This weekend they will be facing champions Manchester City in a home match. Nigel Pearson has to win this game in order to save his job.
5. Mauricio Pochettino
It seems like no manager in the world can save Tottenham. Mauricio Pochettino was appointed in the summer after his heroics with Southampton. But things haven’t gone according to plans for him. Tottenham now sits 10th in the league with 21 points, and Spurs are six points behind fourth-placed West Ham United. In terms of performance as a team, they haven’t improved much. They still lack cutting-edge urgency and play with no pressing at all. This weekend they will face high-flying Swansea City. Coming back from a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace and a defeat against Beşiktaş, Pochettino needs to win this match. If he can’t lead Tottenham to victory, it won’t take much long before Daniel Levy comes for his head.