The Premier League sack race: Who will be the next manager to get the boot?
Six Premier League managers have been given the boot this season, and as we enter the business stage of the season, more clubs may well decide to freshen things up with a new face in the dugout. We’ve taken a look at each top-flight manager and ranked them from least likely to most likely to be the next to be sacked.
20. Jurgen Klopp
Klopp now has three pieces of silverware in charge of the Reds and is taking Liverpool from strength to strength. They sit top of the table and after winning the Club World Cup, the Premier League title is theirs to lose. He’s safe.
19. Brendan Rodgers
Rodgers has made a huge impact on Leicester since his arrival from Celtic back in February. The Foxes currently sit in a good place and look very much in the mix for a top-four finish. He’s recently signed a new deal so he won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
18. Pep Guardiola
Despite what could be seen as an underwhelming Manchester City title defence, it would be unbelievable if they sacked Pep Guardiola. He has guided Man City to back-to-back league titles, so unless he has a major falling out with the board, we can’t see him getting the boot anytime soon.
17. Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta has only just arrived at Arsenal and it looks like he could be in it for the long run. He isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
16. Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho’s spell at Tottenham has only just started. He’s had a few shaky results here and there, but having only just returned to the Premier League, Spurs won’t have any plans of parting ways with him yet.
15. Carlo Ancelotti
In many people’s eyes, Everton pulled off a major coup by appointing Carlo Ancelotti following his sacking at Napoli. There shouldn’t be any major changes at Goodison Park for a while.
14. Chris Wilder
Wilder worked wonders to get the Blades back into the big time last season, and he’s doing it again in the top flight. They sit just seven points off a Champions League place! He’s doing a wonderful job and we can’t see him getting the sack anytime soon. The only way he might leave is if another club makes a move to take him.
13. Nigel Pearson
The new Watford manager looks set to be given an opportunity until the end of the season to turn things around at Vicarage Road. Pearson has been fairly solid during his short stint in charge so far and has given the Hornets a real chance of staying up.
12. Frank Lampard
Lampard’s young Chelsea side started very well but they’ve had some bad results in recent weeks. The fans love him and the players love him. He’s safe, but he needs to sort out Chelsea’s home form before it becomes a serious problem for him.
11. Nuno Espirito Santo
Following a shaky start, Nuno has led Wolves up the table with some solid performances. They’re doing well in the Europa League and look back to their old ways. We can’t see him getting sacked, and the only way he could leave is if another side came in for him.
10. Sean Dyche
Burnley boss Dyche has never really gotten the praise he deserves for keeping Burnley so competitive on a relatively small budget. The Clarets have recently picked up wins over Leicester and Manchester United, so it would be a shock if Dyche was the next manager to go.
9. Graham Potter
Potter signed a new deal on the south coast in recent months, so we can’t see him going anywhere just yet. If the former Swansea boss can continue to grind out results at the Amex, he’ll remain in charge. Despite impressing this season, the Seagulls are still looking over their shoulders.
8. Ralph Hasenhuttl
Following Southampton’s 9-0 defeat to Leicester back in October, many wouldn’t have thought Hasenhuttl would still be in the Saints dugout! However, the Austrian has guided the club on an impressive run recently and looks safe for now.
7. Roy Hodgson
After a very good start to the season, Crystal Palace have had a bit of a wobble under Hodgson. They’re seven points off the drop and could be dragged into a relegation battle if things don’t pick up.
6. David Moyes
Moyes has only just been appointed as West Ham boss, however, his arrival didn’t sit well with many supporters. The Hammers are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference, so if things get worse, the West Ham board may have to act again.
5. Steve Bruce
Bruce’s appointment in the summer was frowned upon when he was selected to succeed Rafael Benitez. However, his side have produced some very good results, such as the draw with Man City and recent win over Chelsea. He looks safe for now, but it’s never wise to predict what will happen in the future at Newcastle!
4. Dean Smith
Villa were the second biggest spenders in the division in the summer, so boyhood fan Smith could come under pressure during the second half of the campaign. Villa are currently out of the relegation zone and face some big games against teams around them over the coming weeks.
3. Daniel Farke
Norwich might find it difficult to sack Farke in the middle of the campaign, but it could be a decision they need to make pretty soon. The Canaries have two wins in 19 and are six points off safety.
2. Eddie Howe
Howe has worked miracles with Bournemouth during his lengthy stay on the south coast, however, his side are currently in the relegation zone. They recorded a crucial win over Brighton recently but he could be the next manager to go if he can’t build on the 3-1 victory.
1. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Manchester United have been a bit of a mess this season, and the 2-0 home defeat to Burnley has only increased the pressure on Solskjaer. He’s overseen the club’s worst-ever start to a Premier League season, and despite having the board’s backing for now, we feel that he’s the most likely to receive the sack next.