Premier League managerial sackings aplenty: are we done?
We’re now barely into February, yet somehow 40% of Premier League clubs have changed managers. Once again, we see the disparity between the top 6 and the rest, plus the relegation fears that everyone else has. There are only eight points separating 9th from 20th, making it uncertain for bosses all across the country.
Considering it’s been little over a year since he arrived at the KCOM Stadium, it’s amazing that he’s already had two reigns at Premier League clubs. The Portuguese was known by few last year, other than “oh he was Olympiakos coach when they beat Arsenal at the Emirates”. That was then, his reputation has now grown, but clubs will be hesitant to employ the 40-year-old following Hull's relegation coupled with Watford taking the decision to sack him.
The Portuguese is considered amongst the best young managers in Europe. But the last two months has certainly damaged his appeal. Additionally, Watford’s form over the last eight weeks suggested that his head had indeed been turned by Everton's interest in appointing him - before The Toffees turned to Sam Allardyce.
Odds are, his next job will not be in England, but might he be back later at a bigger club? Could he be the Mourinho of this generation? Time is certainly on his side...
Any shock casualties this season?
Indubitably, it’s Tony Pulis for me. Ever since his promotion with Stoke City almost eleven years ago, he stamped himself as having a tough-tackling team (as Arsenal found out), hard to beat and a cohesion which only promotion from the lower leagues could bring. Since then, he’s gone on to garner a similar reputation to Sam Allardyce, stabilising teams who look on the brink of the drop. This season, the Baggies got off to a horrible start. Now he's managing in the Championship with Middlesbrough.
Eddie Howe / Mauricio Pellegrino
Considering the topsy-turviness of the Cherries’ form coupled with last season’s exploits, Howe is very lucky to be in a job (despite the Chelsea win), especially considering the other managers that have lost their positions this season. Bournemouth’s defence is quite porous and they're struggling for goals. With West Brom signing Daniel Sturridge, the Cherries need Josh King and Jermain Defoe firing to stand any chance.
I’ve watched some of the Saints’ games and considering his predecessors’ style of play and his side’s current form, he’s also fortunate to still be managing. Southampton has won just 5 of their 25 games, averaging a goal a game while conceding 1.5 per game. Hovering in 18th, results need to pick up quickly. With the signing of Guido Carrillo, might he have the firepower required? The Argentine from Monaco is great in the air and is very likely to need a support striker, so the Saints may move to a 4-4-2 in order to accommodate him.
Eight managerial changes: anymore in the pipeline?
Well, this is the question I guess. It’s so tight outside of the top 6, especially between 9th and bottom, where only 8 points now separate Swansea from Everton. In just a few games, there can be a lot of changes in positions, but this season is like no other. There’ll be a lot more relegation six-pointers to look forward to which could have ramifications for a lot of teams in and around the bottom half.