25 October, 2020 - 01:12

Who Will Be Premier League’s First Managerial Casualty?

The Premier League sack race is a constant topic of debate on twenty-four-hour sports channels all the way through to regular news programs and newspapers.

One heavy loss or a string of dire performances can quickly leave a manager exposed, even if his previous work at a club has made them what they are today. There is no room for sentiment in the world of Premier League movers and shakers.

In this article we look at those managers who are already walking a tightrope this season, after a summer of poor transfer choices that have often resulted in an early dip in form.
Is your team’s manager on the list? Do you think he should be fired? Let’s see if we can help you make up your mind.

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Which managers can start getting their tactics right and stave off the threat of the dreaded sack?

Ole Gunnar Solskjær

Man Utd have quickly changed from being the club that always prided itself on sticking with managers to being one of the Premier League sides with the highest turnover of hirings and firings.

The man in the hot seat at the moment is already a club legend in his own right, with a Champions League final goal under his belt that no one will ever forget. However, Solskjær has looked all at sea this season with bookies having him as the Premier League betting odds favorite to get the managerial chop. This is particularly disappointing for Red Devils fans after they finished last season so strongly, with Marcus Rashford doing great work in the community and the team qualifying for the Champions League.

Unfortunately, a catastrophic summer transfer window culminated in them getting a veteran striker well past his best in Edinson Cavani and a £40m+ squad player in Donny van de Beek, rather than their main target Jadon Sancho and a center back who can run quicker than a tractor stuck in first gear.

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Can this ex-striker bring Man Utd back to their former glories?

Scott Parker

Other than wearing a razor-sharp suit and having a neat haircut it is unclear what Scott Parker is really bringing to the table at Craven Cottage, with Fulham having lost all four of their season openers, shipping eleven goals in the process.

Parker’s woes have been compounded by his team’s flowing passing style leaving them open to quality opposition sides punishing their mistakes. There is also the fact that their star striker Aleksander Mitrovic seems to be about 50% fit.

All this will have to change quickly otherwise Parker is a good bet to be out the door in time for Christmas.

Frank Lampard

This is a more of an outside shout than the two names above, but the fact remains that when an inexperienced manager at one of the biggest clubs in the world spends hundreds of millions in the transfer window he singles himself out as an easy target if results don’t go his way.

So far Lampard’s new signings have shown flashes of what they are capable of but having already been dumped out of the league cup by rivals Spurs, it will not take much for Frank to suffer the wrath of Román Abramóvich.

Sean Dyche

When you manage a small club like Burnley in the Premier League you will always be open to ridicule and attack, and Sean Dyche is no stranger to either.

The only thing that may count for him is that it is not as though someone like Mauricio Pochettino is going to be gunning for a job at Turf Moor.

That said, if The Clarets spend too much more time rooted to the bottom of the league, this loveable character may find himself out of a job.

Slaven Bilić

This tough Croatian won’t be phased by those fans already calling for his head, but it is strange that a man once known for his own defensive capabilities has managed to build a team that is so lax at the back.

No other team conceded more goals than The Baggies through the first four games and with tough fixtures ahead Bilić could find himself treading on thin ice.

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