Which Premier League managers are in danger?
The Premier League has produced just one managerial casualty so far after Javi Gracia paid the price for Watford’s dreadful start to the season.
We’re heading into a busy period of fixtures now and there could be a few more bosses in line for the chop before we hit Christmas. The bookies have their view on who could go next and here is a run through of the favourites.
1. Ralph Hasenhuttl, Southampton
In some respects it was a surprise to see Austrian Ralph Hasenhuttl keep his job after that humiliating 9-0 thrashing to Leicester at St Mary’s.
Since then, Saints have competed well against Manchester City away twice, once in the EFL Cup and once in the league, so the club have stuck by the former RB Leipzig boss.
Hasenhuttl remains the favourite in these best new betting sites uk he desperately needs to get his side back to winning ways if he is to keep his job.
Southampton host Everton, the side immediately above them, in the next round of fixtures and have key clashes with relegation rivals Watford, Norwich, Newcastle and Aston Villa on the horizon – and losses in a few of those games could well see Hasenhuttl out of work.
2. Marco Silva, Everton
Everton were rated as the most likely candidates outside of the big six to sneak into the top four this season before a ball was kicked, but they sit just one place above the drop zone after 11 games.
The Merseyside outfit have improved but boss Marco Silva is second favourite for the axe and it may well be that whoever loses next weekend’s game at St Mary’s also loses their manager.
3. Unai Emery, Arsenal
Following Arsene Wenger at Arsenal was always going to be a tough task and Unai Emery’s position as manager remains under scrutiny.
The Gunners are fifth but also six points adrift of the top four and if Emery can’t close that gap in the coming weeks, he could find himself looking for a new job.
Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been mentioned as one possible successor but surely that rumour has to be wide of the mark?
4. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a Manchester United legend but right now some sluggish displays and poor results are threatening to tarnish that reputation.
The Old Trafford board are reluctant to chop and change managers and the Norwegian should be able to make it past the January transfer window.
However, a few more results like Saturday’s dismal loss at Bournemouth may force a rethink among the United hierarchy.
5. Manuel Pellegrini, West Ham
West Ham made a bright start to the season but are now winless in six after Saturday’s defeat at home to Newcastle. The Chilean appears safe – for now – after being heavily backed in the summer transfer market, but the club’s patience could run out if this slump lasts much longer.
West Ham’s trip to Burnley next weekend may well be a must-win fixture for Pellegrini, with London derbies to come against Spurs and Chelsea before the end of the month.