At such an early stage of the season, there seems to be several managers who are under increasing pressure to deliver. They may or may not be close to the sack, or have public disputes with those in the background of their clubs – but here is a look at five managers who will firmly have the managerial spotlight fixed on them this weekend.
Mackay is the man who is under the most pressure this weekend after a turbulent international break which has seen the departure of his head of recruitment, and the manager seeking assurances from owner Vincent Tan over his role in the club. Mackay will hope he can now focus on things on the field.
In a new job managing a side that is rock bottom of the Premier League table; of course he is going to be under some pressure. The pressure is on for him to deliver some optimism for Sunderland, to show that there are signs he can turns thing around for the side that has only picked up one point from their first seven games. The Liberty Stadium, however, isn’t an easy place to pick up a positive result.
Just the one win from the first seven games, there are a couple of murmurs about Holloway’s future. A home game against a Fulham side that isn’t in the best of shape is one that the Crystal Palace manager should look at as an opportunity to pick up three points.
He might have had a big win just before the international break, but Martin Jol can’t afford to lose at Selhurst Park on Monday night. It would feel like one step forward then two steps back. He simply has to get something out of this game.
Despite what many opposition fans may say about David Moyes he is not ‘getting sacked in the morning.’ However, he could do with a very good result against Southampton to quieten any talk that the Manchester United job is too big for him - and to build on the win against Sunderland that came before the international break. AC win would do him the world of good.
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