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The Premier League Sack Race
The Premier League season is just around the corner. The start of a new campaign means fresh perils for managers across the country. Premier League owners have a deserved reputation of being incredibly trigger happy when it comes to hiring and firing – these days it's quick and easy to appoint a new manager and it often proves to be the antidote for the poison that is poor form. Loyalty seemingly doesn’t get you anywhere these days, especially not in elite-level football. With that said, it is admittedly great fun for everyone else to look on and watch these managers desperately try and cling to their jobs – who, then, will be the first to fall victim to the dreaded ‘sack race’?
Let’s take a look at some of the favourites…
Steve Bruce: Oh dear, Brucey - It doesn’t look promising for this grizzled veteran of football management. Following Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United was never going to be an easy gig but surely Mike Ashley could have come up with a more imaginative appointment… Whoever the manager was going to be, though, it seems that the Tyneside job is something of a poisoned chalice. Although they did splash the cash on Miguel Almiron last January, the first time they broke their transfer record since the mind-blowing signing of the then superstar Michael Owen way back in 2005, the progress in the transfer market since seems to have come to a grinding halt. They need to spend and spend big if they are to get anywhere near the ambition of their brilliant fan base and, unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Brucey is going to get that kind of backing. For him, this might mean that it is his head on the chopping block when Newcastle begin to look in trouble. The Geordie faithfull's reaction to Bruce’s appointment has been less than enthusiastic and this reaction might culminate in him being an easy scapegoat on which to pick
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: When the United legend turned manager took the reins following Jose Mourinho’s sacking it looked like he could do no wrong. The Norwegian steamrolled the Premier League in his first month in charge, scooping the Manager of the Month award in the process. His miraculous turnaround of the 2-0 first leg Champions League defeat to Paris Saint Germain was the cherry on top of the cake. Since then though, the wheels have well and truly come off. United finished their Premier League campaign embarrassingly and the fans began to loudly voice their frustration. It seems that Ole’s arrival was merely papering over the cracks that were present during Jose’s rein and that, in order for him to truly turn the Red Devil’s fortunes around, there would need to be an overhaul of the squad. Such an overhaul has not taken place and it looks likely that United will begin their campaign this season with much the same squad as they did last, minus a few additions. It may well be that, legend or not, the United faithful will turn on Ole after a few negative results which, given the team’s recent history, seems inevitable at some point. If this does transpire then Ed Woodward and the rest of the United hierarchy will look for someone with considerably more experience than Solskjaer to replace him, the ex-striker having only previously managed Cardiff and Molde FK.
Graham Potter: Although a new recruit for the Seagull’s, Graham Potter could well be one of the first managers to be shown the door at the start of this Premier League season. He was signed from Swansea after a relatively impressive season with the Welsh outfit in which they finished 10th in the Championship. While a strong run of form at the end of the season meant that the Swans were within touching distance of a playoff place, Potter has thus far not demonstrated any clear evidence that he’s got what it takes to succeed in the cut-throat playground that is the Premier League. Chris Hughton did, on the whole, a magnificent job with Brighton by getting them promoted from the Championship and keeping them in the Premier League in successive seasons. Yes, they were in freefall at the tail end of last season but it is doubtful whether Potter will be able to coax any more out of an unremarkable set of players than he did. Brighton fans may ultimately end up wishing they’d stayed loyal to their man. If this is the case then I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the Seagull’s new appointment given the boot.