The sack race – who is next for the chop?


Mauricio Pochettino has just lost his job at Tottenham and it will not be long before another Premier League manager bites the dust.

Pochettino paid the price for a disappointing run of results this season and it could be the start of a sequence that will see a number of managers lose their jobs unless they can turn around their fortunes quickly.

It is getting to the stage of the season where club chairmen will know a change is needed if they are to rescue what has been a disappointing season so far.

The powers that be at Everton, Arsenal and West Ham United could be about to say enough is enough, a change needs to be made.

So who will be axed first? Marco Silva, Unai Emery or Manuel Pellegrini?

In all honesty it could be any of them. And there is a chance they could all be picking up their P45 sooner rather than later.

Marco Silva. The Portuguese has been under pressure from the very first kick this season and it is a surprise to many that he has lasted this long.

After another big outlay in the transfer market this summer, a push for the top five was the hope, but instead a relegation battle is on the cards. A 2-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers Norwich City on Saturday afternoon could be the final straw for club owner Farhad Moshiri.

The British-Iranian billionaire has already sacked Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce since taking control in 2016, and Silva could be next.

A sixth defeat in nine league matches leaves the Toffees just four points above the relegation zone with a difficult month to come. They have to face Liverpool, Leicester (twice), Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City within their next nine matches.

Another damning statistic, highlighted by their approach against Norwich, is that Silva has lost all four of his Premier League home games against teams starting the day bottom of the table.

Unai Emery. The Arsenal board could take note from their North London rivals Tottenham and decide to pull the trigger on Emery following another poor display in a 2-2 home draw with struggling Southampton on Saturday.

Arsenal have now just won two of their last 11 Premier League matches and sit eight points off the Champions League places. With no sign of improvement, the change could have to be made now if they are to have a chance of making it.

The Spaniard has lost the fans and possibly the dressing room, so it does not look good for him.

Manuel Pellegrini. The Hammers are just three points above the relegation zone following the 3-2 defeat against Tottenham on Saturday.

The season started well for the Hammers and it looked like a top-six push could be on the cards but the slide down the table has been alarming to say the least. The way they fought back from 3-0 down against Spurs may show the players are still fighting for him and could convince the board to hold fire for now. But he is on borrowed time for sure.