Premier League club owners showed great restraint in the first half of the 2023/24 season, but as the business end starts to loom into view, the Premier League sack race might go into overdrive.
Ex-Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper became the the third Premier League manager to be given the boot after a poor run of results prompted City Ground chiefs to send out an SOS to former Tottenham and Wolves gaffer Nuno Espirito Santo just before Christmas.
Steve, you seem like a nice guy but it’s time for us to move on and wonder, who will be the next to go? It’s a bit of a guessing game as pressure is building on a number of bosses and you know it’s only a matter of time before the next club decides enough is enough.
Next English Premier League Manager to Leave odds can be found on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise our summary of the leading contenders for the chop is below.
Ah, good old Roy Hodgson. A proper legend of the game – but Crystal Palace are in a relegation scrap. The Eagles should have too much quality to avoid the drop but they need to turn their form around sharpish.
Whether Selhurst Park chiefs would pull the trigger on Hodgson before the end of the campaign remains to be seen, although a changing of the guard when his contract expires at the end of term appears almost certain if he’s somehow still in post by that point.
The former Tottenham boss is struggling to work his magic at Chelsea and the Blues are a long way off the pace in the race for the Champions League.
A couple of years of upheaval at Stamford Bridge has been the contributing factor to the club’s slide down the table, although Todd Boehly and co will have been expecting more from Mauricio Pochettino.
West Ham have been pretty wretched since the turn of the year and the 6-0 hammering at home to Arsenal – which prompted plenty of fans to stream out of the ground before half-time – compounded David Moyes‘ woes.
The Scot has done a grand job for the Hammers but they are winless in five and out of the FA Cup, while his contract is expiring at the end of the season. Is it time for someone new to take his place?
The gap between the Premier League and the Championship has never been bigger and there’s a case to be made that last season’s second tier was probably the weakest in recent memory as all three promoted sides are struggling.
Burnley romped to the title but Vincent Kompany‘s determination to play out from the back is costing them goals at the wrong end of the pitch.
It seems unlikely the Clarets would axe Manchester City legend Kompany because of his transformative effect on the club, although stranger things have happened in the past when it comes to the Premier League relegation fight.
Jurgen Klopp is leaving Liverpool at the end of the season but could the Reds axe the German if results start to dip ahead of his looming departure?
It seems unlikely but there is certainly pressure for the Reds to secure their first Premier League title outside of the Covid-19 season…
Eddie Howe overperformed at Newcastle last season, with the Toon ending up securing Champions League football.
Newcastle have struggled to hit those heights this season and injuries have hampered their squad. Despite Howe’s brilliant campaign last time out, would Newcastle axe him if results keep going against them?
Erik ten Hag
Manchester United made their worst start to a top-flight season since 1986 after losing five of their opening 10 league games and they are still playing catch up in the race for Champions League qualification.
Despite an encouraging first term that included Carabao Cup glory and a top-four finish, Erik ten Hag‘s reign at Old Trafford is unraveling. Questionable signings and a lack of clear playing style is not a recipe for success.
The fans are yet to fully turn on the Dutchman, however, some players look to have downed tools, something we’ve seen United players doing when they wanted rid of Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.