European football is absolutely ruthless, especially at a top club. The expectation is always so high and when things start to slip the easiest way to solve the problem is to sack the manager because the thought of getting rid of 20 or so players is mad and not financially efficient.
The Premier League is the best league in the world (someone, please argue against me) and for that reason is the most unforgiving to its managers. Every manager can be at risk to facing the axe once results go south and team morale is low, minus Arsene Wenger. The man can’t get fired.
Chelsea has been the most ruthless club in the Premier League by not giving a flying fuck about previous success. Mourinho won the title in 2014/15, but with the Blues in the relegation zone in 2015/16 Roman Abramovich decided it was time to cut his loses, which Chelsea had many.
After the first few games of the year, you get a feel for who’s going to get sacked first.
Poor team performances, multiple losses, and a lack of team backing are the leading causes for facing the axe.
Here are this year’s nominees for the first manager to get sacked first in the Premier League…
He was supposed to be the chosen one to bridge the gap for Manchester United and lead the Reds to glory in the post-Fergie era. All he managed to do was march the Reds further down the table.
Now, at Sunderland is worse off than he was at United. His rushed appointment following the departure of Sam Allardyce to the national team put him in a terrible position to begin with, but the fact that Sunderland consistently fights to get relegated each year isn’t helpful either.
With two points from seven matches, Moyes is looking down the barrel of a loaded gun.
Prediction: Sacked within a month
After a magical season, Bilic and West Ham are struggling to find points.
More money in the coffers hasn’t equated to more success as the club has faltered despite the additions of Gokhan Tore, Havard Nordtveit, and Andre Ayew – Sofiane Feghouli and Alvaro Arbeloa were free transfers.
The connection between Dimitri Payet and Michail Antonio can’t work all the time and certainly can’t carry the side as Payet will most likely be making a winter transfer across to West London rivals, Chelsea.
Best of luck, Bilic. You’ll definitely need it.
Prediction: Sacked by Spring
Mark, what’s going on?
In a short period of time it has gone from ‘Can you do it on a cold night at Stoke?’ to ‘How many goals will you score against Stoke?’. The usually defensively sound Potters have struggled this season allowing 16 goals in just seven matches.
The elementary school principal looking Hughes will have a lot of ground to make up in the chase for his usual middle of the table finish.
Swapping Mark Hughes for Steve Bruce is like trading in a Ferrari for a corsa. Not a fucking chance it will happen in other words.
— Will (@Will_Meigh) September 24, 2016
The Welsh Pirlo, Joe Allen, needs to utilize and will carry the team to 10th place.
Prediction: He’ll survive. Stoke doesn’t have another option.
Congrats on becoming the first American to manage in the Premier League and welcome to my list. Despite not managing a game for the Swans yet, he is already in a shitty situation.
Swansea City is sitting right on the edge of the relegation zone and Bradley will have to make significant gains in order to climb the table and guarantee a job next season.
He couldn’t do much for the USMNT, let’s see how Lex Luthor does in the best league in the world.
Prediction: Sacked by Christmas
Stay tuned for the results to be revealed in the coming months.