As the Premier League starts to take shape, there are some managers who are coming under a bit of pressure.
We’re ten games into the Premier League season and as ever there are still some names being bandied about as to who could be the next manager to leave their post.
Having lost the funny if not larger than life characters in Paulo Di Canio and Ian Holloway from Sunderland and Crystal Palace respectively.
Now the focus turns to other managers, here is a look at few of them who are now placed firmly under the spotlight – and who the bookies think could be the next to depart their dugout.
Martin Jol – Fulham
Fulham look as if they are really struggling for momentum this season – though the back-to-back wins a few weeks ago against Stoke City and Crystal Palace relieved the pressure on Jol’s shoulders a little. There is the added factor that Jol's future has seemingly been on the agenda ever since Shahid Khan bought the club in the summer. Despite Khan reiterating his support for the Dutchman, bookies think Jol’s days are numbered at Craven Cottage. Best price – 10/11
Chris Hughton – Norwich
Hughton spent a fair bit of money in the summer transfer window, acquiring the likes of Ricky Van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper but that has yet to produce the goods on the pitch for the Canaries, and the 7-0 loss to Manchester City at the weekend leaves them in the bottom three having conceded 20 goals in the league already this season. Best price – 5/2
Malky Mackay – Cardiff
You can’t really fault Mackay for the job he has done for Cardiff. He has led his side to the top flight and has had his side playing very intelligent, solid football which has seen them beat Manchester City, Fulham and bitter rivals Swansea so far this season. However, with an owner in Vincent Tan who seems to want to manage the club as well, and treat the club even more like a toy, it may be a case of how long Mackay’s patience can last. Best price – 5/1
Alan Pardew – Newcastle
There has been plenty of talk over Pardew’s future ever since Joe Kinnear walked back into the club as Director of Football. Pardew seems to be doing a solid job at Newcastle this season, even they do have the feel of Jekyll & Hyde about them. But you just don’t what will happen with the club’s hierarchy – especially if Kinnear is trying to sign players that are already on their books. Best price – 14/1
Sam Allardyce – West Ham
It has been a rocky start for Allardyce’s men as they have only won two games out of ten to start the season. They’re proving very difficult to score against, but lack of goals up front means they are sitting only two points above the drop zone at this early stage in the season. It may take a little while yet before the board at West Ham think of removing Big Sam, but you never know. Best price – 28/1
image: © edwin.11