Manager Watch: Hughton and Pochettino futures uncertain

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Chris Hughton is falling under increasing pressure, while Mauricio Pochettino's future could be in doubt after the departure of Nicola Cortese.

So Sam Allardyce is no longer the main man in the firing line.

A miraculous 2-0 win at Cardiff not only pulled West Ham out of the relegation zone but reduced the scrutiny on Big Sam considerably. Instead, two new candidates have emerged as front-runners in the sack race - and both for different reasons.

Norwich boss Chris Hughton is the first, with the 55-year-old under more pressure than ever after an eight-game winless run. The Canaries are just two points away from the relegation zone as a result, while yesterday's 3-0 defeat at Fulham knocked them out of the FA Cup without so much as a whimper.

Hughton has been treading a fine line at Carrow Road for quite some time now, with Norwich struggling for goals both this season and last. The club's significant summer outlay has also raised questions, with the Canaries hardly looking an upgrade on the side that finished 11th last term.

The case of Mauricio Pochettino, however, is a much more controversial one.

The Spaniard has generally done a stellar job at St. Mary's, guiding Southampton to ninth place in the Premier League while also achieving some impressive wins against bigger sides.

But the resignation of chairman Nicola Cortese has raised questions about Pochettino's future.

Cortese was the man who brought the 41-year-old to Southampton as a replacement for Nigel Adkins and provided the executive leadership behind the Saints' charge towards success.

His resignation has thrown Southampton's promising upturn into doubt, however, and Pochettino may not be willing to remain at a club where such a grand project has fallen on its knees so soon

Who is more likely to go: Hughton or Pochettino?

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