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The managerial carousel - Which Premier League manager will be sacked first?

Alan Pardew

Red Scot takes a look at the history of chopping and changing for our 20 Premier League teams and asks, who will go first?

Across the top four English football divisions in 2012-13 there were 43 sackings and 20 resignations!

After Sir Alex Ferguson said his farewell to Manchester United last term, Arsene Wenger became the incumbent of the honour as the longest serving manager in the Premier League, the Frenchman entering his 18th year with Arsenal.

The 2nd longest serving manager Alan Pardew is the under-pressure boss at Newcastle United, appointed on Tyneside in December 2010, having completed two-and-a-half seasons with the Geordies.

In third place for length of tenure is Sam Allardyce at West Ham United, this season is his third term with the Irons, taking the helm on the 1st of June 2011.

Six days later on the 7th of June 2011, the fourth longest serving manager of the current EPL managers Martin Jol was appointed at Craven Cottage, the Dutchman having seen two full seasons in West London.

Runaway winners of the Championship last season Cardiff City, make their debut in the Premier League along with gaffer Malky Mackay, who is the fifth longest serving manager, entering his third campaign guiding the South Wales side.

Last season we saw several high-profile managerial changes, departures at Manchester City, Roberto Mancini having secured the top domestic prize, the EPL title for the Citizens in 2011-12. The Italian was dismissed on May 13th, 2013 a year to the day he won Manchester City's third top division title.

We witnessed the caretaking Spaniard, Interim - One's, adios at Stamford Bridge, Rafael Benitez having navigated Chelsea to a third placed league finish and Champions League spot, and a Europa League Cup trophy win.

In the close season, Stoke City parted company with Tony Pulis who had been the boss at the Britannia Stadium for 10 seasons in total, keeping the Potters in the Premiership for five consecutive campaigns, attaining a 13th place league finish, last term, rewarded with goodbye.

Other New Runners and Riders in the Managerial-merry-go-round

David Moyes takes up the reins of the almost impossible job, filling the biggest boots in football.

Manchester United's new manager with EPL pedigree behind the Scot at Everton, in a similar vein to his iconic predecessor the Scottish traits of hard work, commitment and a loyal temperament, to aim for sustained success at The Theatre of Dreams.

Jose Mourinho, the second coming, the messiah returneth, from his winning adventures at two legendary clubs in southern Europe, true to form leaving in his wake success but animosity with certain factions both in Milan and Madrid, as was the scenario on his inaugural touch-down in West London during 2004-07. They say never go back, or never look back in anger. It should be fun, it certainly won’t be dull, it never is with the ‘Happy One’, who turns everything he touches to gold. Dust-ups and verbal jiggery-pokery to satisfy all pundits hanging on the Portuguese's innuendo, mind games are yet to come.

Roberto Martinez - an FA Cup triumph and now the ex-Wigan gaffer takes up the hot seat at Goodison Park as a result of David Moyes departing for the big job.

Saving Martinez the extremely difficult task of managing Wigan Athletic to bounce-back from the Championship to the Premier League after the Spaniard led the Latic's to an 18th place finish in the Premier League and four home wins at the DW. A growing CV for cultured possession football attracting teams with limited financial muscle, that wish to punch above their weight.

Mark Hughes arrived at Stoke City on the back of Tony Pulis' odd sacking, having failed miserably at QPR, Hughes begging " Don't judge me on QPR", what shall we measure Hughes' performance's on?

Sacked at Blackburn, sacked at Manchester City, sacked at QPR, left Fulham after one year stating the Cottagers lack of ambition.

Hughes is tasked with reigning in Stoke City's transfer spending which was in excess of £70m net in the five previous years.

Yet Hughes attracted high-wage earners to Loftus Road and ultimately failed to deliver.

This job at Stoke City will be the final throw of the dice for Hughes, a huge gamble.

Steve Bruce, this is Hull City's third season in the Premier League gained through an automatic promotion from the Championship last term. We first saw Hull in the top division in 2008-09, featuring for two seasons, and then relegated. Having had Premiership managerial experience at Wigan Athletic, Birmingham City and Sunderland, Steve Bruce is the gaffer that holds the accolade of managing most clubs in the EPL having taken the Tigers to the top-table this term.

Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City's, Chilean 59-year old engineer is considered a great coach in Spain and South America. While at Real Madrid he was charged with the task of winning La Liga or be fired in 2010. He was dismissed. He did map out a route for unlikely Villarreal to the semi-finals of the Champions League and Malaga to the quarters of the CL tournament.

In keeping with expectations at City, Pellegrini will have huge anticipation for him to deliver silverware in his first season. With several great new additions to the team, and equally as vital removing Balotelli and Tevez, with Roberto Mancini's theatrics gone also, it could be all very boring. Couldn't it?

Ian Holloway has his second tilt at the Premier League having been a shining light previously when he took Blackpool on a roller-coaster ride in 2010-11, but the Tangerines fell through the trapdoor.

This is the Eagles fifth season in the Premier League, on the previous four occasions they have featured in the top-flight, they have immediately been relegated. Palace this season gaining promotion through a stunning winning performance in the £60m play-off final at Wembley.

Having lost their talisman Wilfried Zaha, and unlikely to spend huge sums, the history of Palaces' relegation, the writing is on the wall?

During the English Premier League era there have been 195 Premiership managers either dismissed or chosen to resign their post. Crystal Palace have the dubious record of changing gaffers on 17 occasions - the most of the present day Premier League clubs.

Cardiff City, newcomers to the Premier League, both manager and football club, during the 19 previous seasons have parted company with their boss, unlucky for some 13 times. However during the period 94/95-01/02 the South Wales side saw 11 different managers.

Which clubs have had the 195 managers since the start of the Premiership?

Arsenal: 3

Aston Villa: 9

Cardiff City: 14

Chelsea: 13

Crystal Palace: 17

Everton: 7

Fulham: 11

Hull City: 12

Liverpool: 6

Manchester City: 12

Manchester United: 2

Newcastle United: 12

Norwich City: 10

Southampton: 13

Stoke City: 6

Sunderland: 8

Swansea City: 12

Tottenham Hotspurs: 9

West Bromwich Albion: 11

West Ham United: 8

As the 2013-14 season gathers momentum with the majority of teams having played only two fixtures a brief update of the teams in the danger-zone.

Crystal Palace: played two games no points.

Cardiff City: played two games three points.

Newcastle United: played two games one point.

Sunderland: played two games one point.

Hull City: played two games three points.

Stoke City: played two games three points.

Which club do you believe have the least resources to survive in the Premier League this season?

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