Manager Watch: Laudrup & Hughton's teams continue to struggle

Both Swansea City and Norwich City suffered further defeats on Saturday and fingers are starting to point at those in charge.

It's been a while since a Premier League manager was sacked.

That's a good thing, of course, but could it be the calm before the storm?

This weekend, two managers in particular will have plenty to think about, after defeats increased the scrutiny on their respective positions.

No rash decisions seem on the horizon...but you never know in football.

Michael Laudrup

From the heights of winning the Capital One Cup last season to sitting just two points off the relegation zone this campaign, Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup has witnessed English football's rollercoaster first hand in recent months.

The distraction of the Europa League has certainly taken its toll on the Welsh club - but supporters and officials alike will take less and less notice of the excuses if the Swans' poor form continues.

"We really struggled with them physically," Laudrup told reporters after yesterday's 2-0 loss to West Ham.

"It's a little disappointing that the first goal came from exactly the situation we analysed and talked about before the game.

"The second goal is disappointing, as well."

The Dane is the bookies' second-favourite to become the next Premier League manager to leave his post.

Chris Hughton

There is one man with shorter odds than Laudrup to be the next to go, however, and that's Chris Hughton.

Like Swansea, Hughton's Norwich side are just two points off the drop, while their inferior goal difference is unlikely to do them any favours.

Yesterday's 2-1 defeat to Cardiff started so promisingly, as Robert Snodgrass put the Canaries 1-0 ahead after just five minutes. Hope sprung eternal, especially as Norwich hadn't lost in their last two games.

But a Wilfried Zaha-inspired comeback saw Cardiff score twice and claim all three points, leaving Hughton bemused at the defeat.

"We made the mistakes ourselves," he told Sky Sports.

"There was a period in the first half I thought we were very good, we got the first goal and were comfortable enough.

"We knew that if we could continue with the good things that we did that the game would open up a little bit.

"This is one that's got away from us. I'm still scratching my head as to how we've lost this game."

The good news - for both Hughton and Laudrup - is that some bookmakers are offering 3/1 for no more managers to be sacked this season. Let's hope mercy can prevail, for a change.


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