Who'll be the Next Premier League Manager to be Sacked?
During the last campaign, there was a total of six sackings. Both Francesco Guidolin and Bob Bradley were given their marching orders from the Liberty Stadium. Alan Pardew was sent packing by Crystal Palace, Mike Phelan survived at Hull until January, despite his amazing Premier League feat the previous season.
Claudio Ranieri experienced the ruthlessness of Leicester’s owners, and Aitor Karanka was sacked by Boro in March in a move that proved too little, too late for the doomed North East side.
Next season, Slaven Bilic may be the first man to go. The Croatian met with West Ham bosses at the end of the season to discuss his future following a disappointing season in comparison to the previous one.
West Ham fans were reportedly unhappy with his management and few called for his head. However, the 48-year-old will remain on the side lines at the Olympic Stadium, for now. The Hammers finished 11th last season, four places down from their Europa League qualification in the 2015/16 season.
A large part of the Hammers’ season was marred by crowd trouble at the Olympic Stadium and winning just seven of their home games compared to 16 the previous season, Bilic’s men certainly missed the home comforts of Upton Park.
Should Bilic fail to spend wisely in the transfer window and fail to make the London Stadium a fortress, he may just be the first manager to be sacked.
At 4/6 with Betfred for relegation, if Huddersfield look to be heading straight back to the Championship, bosses may sack David Wagner in a bid to bring someone in to help the Terriers survive their first season in the Premier League.
Though, such a move would be bizarre considering the German’s amazing achievement with the Yorkshire club. What’s more, the 45-year-old turned down Wolfsburg to remain at the Kirklees Stadium.
Loyalty is rare to come by in football these days but Wagner has certainly displayed it to Huddersfield despite being linked with several other jobs including Leicester and Watford.
Among the other promoted teams, Brighton are 6/5 at most bookies to be relegated. Much like the Terriers, if the Seagulls do look to be headed back to the Championship, bosses may see fit to sack Chris Hughton to bring someone in to retain their newly found top flight status.
Hughton of course boasts a wealth of experience in England’s best league and knows all too well what it’s like to be sacked. The 58-year-old was sacked by Championship winners Newcastle back in 2010 following a 3-1defeat to West Brom.
It was a decision met by anger from much of the Newcastle support and it’s plausible that a similar decision by Brighton would also be met by anger by the Albion faithful.