It’s the time of year where club boards and owners start to get a bit trigger happy in terms of firing managers.
With the winter transfer window only a matter of weeks away, any club that feels it may be time to make a change in terms of manager will do so to give them a chance to shape their own squad. There have already been managerial departures in the Premier League with the most recent seeing Everton call time on Ronald Koeman’s time in charge. Who could be next for the sack though?
There’s currently a lot of pressure on West Ham and Slaven Bilic after a poor run of form. They currently sit above the relegation on goal difference alone and it’s a far cry away from when they finished 7th in Bilic’s first campaign in charge. The pressure really started to build last season after poor performances led to a disappointing 11th place finish. They’ve only won twice this season and considerable pressure has mounted once again. Bilic does seem to have been gifted a stay of execution though with the West Ham board set to give him time to turn things around.
Up next for West Ham are Spurs in the cup with a league game away at Palace to follow. It’s rumoured that the West ham board believe there is no one better that is currently available to willing to take over from Bilic so these two games are a real chance for him to turn the tide against all the odds. Bilic is the most likely Premier League manager to be axed next, especially with the majority of fans seemingly in agreement it’s time for the club to go in a new direction.
You’d have to say that there are other candidates who could quickly find themselves under intense pressure too. Mark Hughes and his Stoke side are also struggling and they themselves are only avoiding the relegation places thanks to goal difference. They’ve lost 4 out of their last 5, including two defeats on the spin which saw them concede 7 at the hands of Manchester City, before Eddie Howe’s struggling Bournemouth took 3 points from the Bet 365 on Saturday. You’d expect the Stoke board to be monitoring the system closely, especially heading towards a busy Christmas period.
It wouldn’t be a surprise either to hear that the pressure is also mounting on Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp either. They’re 9th in the league but they’re regularly dropping points to sides that they’d be expected to beat. Not only that but they were hammered by Spurs at Wembley 4-1 in their last outing. Although Liverpool is unlikely to dispense of Klopp, who’s seen as one of the best managers around, the board surely can’t be happy with results so far this season? The same could apply to Antonio Conte at Chelsea. The Chelsea hierarchy aren’t scared to axe managers and if they feel Conte isn’t keeping them in the title race, they themselves could be tempted to make a change.