The Premier League season is approaching Christmas, and could any more managers be facing unemployment over the winter?
Only two Premier League managers have vacated their roles so far this season, with Sunderland's Paolo di Canio sacked in September and Iain Holloway leaving Crystal Palace by mutual consent. Six managers lost their jobs during last season, but who could be next to go?
Chris Hughton, Norwich City
Former Newcastle boss Hughton replaced Paul Lambert in 2012 after the Scot left Carrow Road for Aston Villa, and whilst he successfully kept the Canaries in the Premier League last season, the club spent plenty of money over the summer as they brought Leroy Fer, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper to Norfolk. So far, the results haven't been great, with Hughton's side sitting just one point above the drop zone. An embarrassing 7-0 defeat to Manchester City piled the pressure on Hughton, but their 3-1 victory over West Ham United seems to have bought the former Birmingham City manager some more time.
Martin Jol, Fulham
The Dutchman has seemingly lost the confidence of the fans after audible chants of “Jol Out” were heard at Craven Cottage during Fulham's 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United. The arrival of new owner Shad Khan and head coach Rene Meulensteen have heaped the pressure on Jol, who has guided his side to just three wins so far this season. The appointment of Meulensteen is reportedly just to assist Jol in his work in West London, but many believe it is as a pre-cursor to the former Manchester United first team coach taking over. Jol needs results and fast, or he could be the next manager to fall.
Mackay has done an admirable job so far this season, earning some impressive results, including winning the first ever top flight South Wales derby. However, relations between Mackay and owner Vincent Tan are frayed after head of recruitment Iain Moody was sacked in favour of 23 year old Kazakh Alisher Apsalyamov, who had no previous experience. Mackay reportedly turned down a move to Crystal Palace, but when asked about Mackay's future after the win over Swansea, Tan was evidently non-committal about the Scotsman's future with the club. Knowing Tan's unpredictable nature, he may well end up sacking Mackay in order to bring a “bigger name” in.
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