The French once made a proverbial postulation that “Little by little the bird makes its nest”, but for football clubs in the English Premier League, immediate success has seemingly if not assuredly become part of their long-term objectives.
Much of it has to do with the heavy investment injected into the elite clubs; one that arises from their huge wage bill and inflated market price when bringing in new players.
Clubs in the English top flight have as such gained notoriety for sacking managers without batting an eye, which is why an assessment of the five Premier League managers most likely to be sacked seems in order.
When Jose Mourinho took over the reins of power at Old Trafford following the dismissal of Louis van Gaal, the appointment of the Portuguese looked like a congenial one as his credentials and sheer winning ability were never in question.
The 55-year old, who is currently in his third season at Manchester United, however seems to have developed an untenable relationship with the club’s hierarchy; this arising due to Ed Woodward’s failure to secure key signings in the recently closed summer transfer window.
United have as a result been ominously ruled out of the title race whilst Jose is now Evens with the Bookies to be sacked, with many football pundits foreseeing the former Real Madrid gaffer being replaced mid-season by another former Los Blancos boss in Zinedine Zidane.
When Mark Hughes joined Southampton in March this year, there was plenty to suggest that the former Stoke City manager would struggle from the offset and little to imply he would win the race for survival.
Although the Welshman ended up maintaining Southampton’s Premier League status- albeit by a whisker- Hughes is still not out of the woods yet as the Saints are entangled in the relegation fight early in the season; one that has him at odds of 3/1 to be handed his p45.
Rafa Benitez won over the admiration of many during his high flying time at Anfield, and even more when he decided to stick with Newcastle United despite their relegation to the championship two years ago.
Things are however not so rosy at St James’ Park, with bookies placing the 58-year-old at 5/1 to lose his third job on English soil.
Neil Warnock may hold the record for having the most number of promotions (eight) in English football – with his most recent coming three months ago when Cardiff City were elevated to Premiership status – but the EPL offers an entirely different challenge for the Englishman.
The current Cardiff City squad still boasts most of its Championship stalwarts, and their early involvement in the relegation battle has Warnockat odds of 8/1 to be fired.
Despite guiding Leicester City to a ninth-place finish last season, and further starting the 2018/19 campaign on a salubrious note, Claude Puel looks tantalizingly poised to leave the club before the end of the season.
His move to the King Power in October last year seemed like a forced yet efficient marriage, with many fans condemning his style of play – opting for flair rather than functionality.
Puel has been under thorough scrutiny since his appointment, which is why the Frenchman understandably stands at odds of 8/1 to part with the Foxes.
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