Manager Watch: Clarke out - How long left for AVB?

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West Brom relieved Steve Clarke of his duties over the weekend but two London managers could follow him out of the door shortly.

Another one bites the dust.

We didn't have to wait long to see the Premier League's next managerial casualty.

He lasted more than a full season at West Brom, presiding over their best ever league campaign, but Steve Clarke's reign at the Hawthorns is over - and it ended in a flash.

A 1-0 loss at Cardiff on Saturday made it four league defeats in a row for Clarke's Baggies and the West Brom hierarchy simply ran out of patience.

The decision seemed rash - but we could be seeing more of the same in the weeks to come. Indeed, with Andre Villas-Boas and Sam Allardyce both facing more pressure than Clarke was under, could they be the next to go?

Andre Villas-Boas

The case for the Tottenham manager's sacking is an obvious one to make. With Clarke out of a job, the more pertinent question is how on earth is Villas-Boas still in one?

Sunday saw Spurs lose 5-0 at home to Liverpool after a performance truly devoid of any conviction whatsoever. Add that to the 6-0 hammering at Manchester City and the lacklustre displays against Arsenal and Manchester United and you have nothing but a muddle.

Villas-Boas has taken a squad brimming with talent - and a team that finished fourth in the season before his arrival - and turned them into a side that cannot compete with opposition they were beating only months ago.

Spurs have now lost five games this season, three of them at home, and possess an embarrassing goal difference of -6.

Villas-Boas' days seem numbered.

Perhaps the only thing keeping him in a job is an acknowledgement that his appointment was a mistake. Daniel Levy and his colleagues knew exactly what the Portuguese boss was like from his days at Chelsea.

But they still hired him.

Now that the exact same problems are occurring at White Hart Lane, Villas-Boas' dismissal would be an admission that he was never the right man for the job.

Sam Allardyce

Closer to the bottom of the table, West Ham boss Allardyce is in a lot of trouble.

Clarke's sacking now means four of the bottom five teams have parted company with their managers this season.

West Ham are the fifth - and they are a point short of the Baggies.

Saturday's clash with bottom side Sunderland offered Allardyce a good opportunity to earn a precious win - one that would have at least opened up a three point gap between them and the drop zone.

Another failure to score - the game finished 0-0 - meant another failure to win, however, and there is no telling how long Allardyce will be kept on amidst current results.

The 59-year-old has, of course, not been helped by a lack of investment and a string of injuries - most notably to Andy Carroll.

But it was he who recommended Carroll's signature, instead of seeking a striker without a history of injury problems.

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