Premier League Managers Tipped To Lose Their Job Next Season
While the race for the Premier League kicks off in a matter of days with clubs across the division fighting for their various aims, there remains a murky race that coincides with the action on the pitch – a race few want to be part of, but are nonetheless. The Sack Race!
The end to the last campaign, coupled with what’s gone on during the close season often puts a few managers more at risk of being handed their P45 before they’ve even been given a proper go at the new season.
Now, as the big kick-off approaches, we take a look at the top five managers who will be looking nervously over their shoulder at their superiors and are favourites to get the sack.
5. Mark Hughes, Southampton
Hughes was brought in at the tail-end of last season as the Saints rolled the final dice in their hopes of avoiding the drop. Manuel Pellegrino was shown the door and the experienced Mark Hughes was brought in weeks after he himself was sacked by fellow relegation candidates Stoke City.
Hughes eventually achieved his aim and preserved Southampton run as a Premier League club which began in 2012. However, as is often the case, his appointment was a short-term vision and it’s hard to see if there was ever a plan to see the Welshman lead the south coast club for an extended period of time.
Having said that, Hughes has been backed significantly in the transfer market, with Mohamed Elyounoussi and Jannik Vestergaard joining for a reported combined fee of £34million.
4. Rafa Benitez, Newcastle
This list doesn’t necessarily claim that these managers will be sacked, but that they are more likely to leave their post and Benitez certainly falls into the latter category.
Benitez is one of the most respected coaches in the world and he’s been poorly backed by an absent board and a pathetic owner. The Spaniard produced wonders last season on a limited budget and it seemed that he was happy to carry on provided a significant budget would be granted.
That hasn’t happened and one wouldn’t be surprised to see Benitez up sticks and move to a more ambitious club.
3. Javi Garcia, Watford
Garcia is on the list purely due to Watford’s erratic nature over the past 24 months in their dealings with their managers. Garcia is the Hornet’s fourth head coach since their return to the Premier League three seasons ago.
If Marco Silva couldn’t survive, not sure how he can.
2. Claude Puel, Leicester
Shown the door by Southampton and on the brink during the back-end of last season at Leicester City after a horrendous run of results, the board at Kingpower Stadium gave the Frenchman a vote of confidence.
However, we’re now in an era where a ‘vote of confidence’ from boardroom level actually has the opposite effect. Following the departure of star man Riyad Mahrez, it will be interesting to see how long Puel survives.
1. Jose Mourinho, Man Utd
Will the third season curse strike again? Mourinho faces his third campaign as United boss and it’s not going smoothly. Arriving back from the World Cup, Mourinho hasn’t hesitated in letting the world know that he’s upset.
The Portuguese coach has criticised the transfer policy at the club – United have only made one major signing in Fred. He’s complained about not having players for pre-season despite the obvious prediction that a World Cup would mean extended breaks. He’s complained about Anthony Martial taking paternity leave. He’s complained about Paul Pogba’s performances for France in relation to what he produces for the Red Devils. And, he’s also complained about the number of United fans in America who bothered to show up for their pre-season friendly in LA against Liverpool.
It’s deja vu, and it’s boring. Mourinho feels that he doesn’t have the tools to succeed, so now he’ll seek to make his position untenable.