West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has commented on the pressure that Premier League managers are under this season, suggesting that bookies had him and Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew as amongst the favourites to lose their job first in this Premier League season.
Allardyce and Pardew go head-to-head this weekend at Upton Park with both sides just outside the Champions League places.
In his column for the London Evening Standard, he seemed to express some surprise that there were no managerial changes in the Premier League so far this season, and that the managers of the clubs expected to finish in the top positions in the league are those that are under pressure.
He said: "It seems to have been different this time with managers of clubs who were expected to be at or near the top of the Premier League coming under increased pressure — Arsene Wenger, Brendan Rodgers, Manuel Pellegrini and Mauricio Pochettino to name but four. Clubs like ourselves have been able to take points from their clubs this season. We’ve already beaten last season’s champions, Manchester City, and runners-up Liverpool. Other clubs have had similar success, notably Crystal Palace against Liverpool last week.
"Of course, these things don’t last for ever. You can’t go on losing matches indefinitely but there haven’t been any real disasters yet."
Pardew came under a lot of pressure earlier on in the season with Newcastle supporters voicing their displeasure at the club's poor form but there has been something of a remarkable turnaround that has left them within striking distance of the Champions League places.
There were also thoughts that Allardyce would struggle to change the side's style of play and that results for the Hammers wouldn't follow.
As for the pressure on the top clubs, whenever a side that has finished in the top four and find themselves struggling in the bottom half the following year, questions get asked early on as they struggle to string a consistent winning run together.
But we all know that things can change very quickly in football, and given the make-up of the Premier League table so far this season, it could be anyone's guess who the first manager to be sacked or resign will be.