David Moyes, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Manuel Pellegrini, Andre Villas-Boas or Brendan Rodgers?
Manchester United fans always knew there was going to be a period of transition with David Moyes coming in to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.
Fergie’s career at United made the club an odds on contender for each piece of silverware they were involved with each season but it’s impossible for those expectations to be maintained as Moyes starts his career ay Old Trafford.
Football is in a current state where the pressure to win is arguably higher than it’s ever been with talented coaches with long contracts booted out in next to no time after a short sequence of bad results.
However, it’s different for Moyes and United because of the Ferguson era ending and that time needed for the new boss to stamp his influence on the club, creating the foundations of his own era.
It’s different in every aspect for the other sides in the Premier League’s big six.
Manchester City and Tottenham are in the same boat with Manuel Pellegrini and Andre Villas-Boas having spent a lot of cash over the summer to try and raise their levels as clubs.
Roberto Mancini showed that a bad season at City can mean you’re shown the exit door while AVB is under big pressure to produce some physical success after Spurs spent well over £100 million in the summer transfer market.
Jose Mourinho was always going to be under a heap of pressure when he came back to Chelsea for a second spell in charge because of his successful record at every club he’s been to.
Mourinho has created expectation, not just from within the club but from supporters, who have grown used to success in West London despite the high turnaround of managers.
Arsene Wenger has been under pressure to win something at Arsenal ever since 2005 and his signing of Mesut Ozil has created the impression that the Gunners are trying to ante up as they hunt down silver.
Wenger will be under further pressure if he adds to the squad again in January before potentially agreeing a new contract before the end of the season.
If he makes more big signings, signs a new long term deal and doesn’t bring in a trophy by next summer, there could well be a few disgruntled fans around North London.
Rivalling Moyes in terms of being under the least pressure is probably Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.
Liverpool have backed their manager with plenty of signings over the summer and the future of Luis Suarez also creates pressure for the club to win something.
The League Cup is no longer an option for Liverpool and the pressure will only increase on Rodgers each time Liverpool exit a competition, making Suarez’s potential decision to leave next summer gradually easier.
Who do you think is under most pressure to win something?
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