Alan Pardew recently won the race for next manager to be shown the door, with former England boss Sam Allardyce being appointed in his place. But, who will be the next manager to be axed? We analyse the 3 who we believe could be the next one to be unemployed.
Mike Phelan took over Hull City just weeks before the season began as caretaker manager, due to the departure of previous manager Steve Bruce. Having picked up maximum points from their first two games, against champions Leicester and welsh side Swansea, Phelan was signed as permanent manager, on October 13. Since then, Hull have only picked up 6 points out of a possible 48 since, making it grim reading for Tigers fans. Hull are now clear favourites for relegation, and with difficult matches coming up, it would take something special for them to avoid the drop. In the 22 games Phelan has been in charge of the Tigers, they have picked up 6 wins, 4 draws and 12 losses, with a win percentage of only 27%. Most worryingly for Hull, the manner in which they are losing games is bordering on embarrassing, with some of these results including a 4-1 home loss to Arsenal, as well as a 5-1 away loss to Liverpool, a 6-1 away loss to Bournemouth, a 3-0 away loss to Tottenham and another 3-0 loss to fellow strugglers Sunderland, it can surely only be a matter of time before Phelan sees the door, and a new man is brought in at the helm at Hull.
Having only recently been appointed as boss of Swansea City, replacing the sacked Francesco Guidolin, Bob Bradley has a mountain to climb this festive period to keep his job. His initial hiring was met with trepidation by fans, as they believed he was not experienced enough to manage a Premier league side, with his recent coaching jobs including Le Havre in the French second division, and Stabaek of the Norwegian top flight. This trepidation was well-felt by fans, with the American doing little to stem the poor run of results by the Swans. In his 11 games at the helm, he has only picked up maximum points on two occasions, the highlight of these being an unbelievable 5-4 win against Crystal Palace at the Liberty Stadium. This result did little to win Swansea fans over, as a 5-0 away loss to Tottenham and a 4-1 home defeat to West Ham, means Bradley is surely living on borrowed time. With crucial fixtures to come against Bournemouth and Palace, it is hard to see Bradley maintaining his job unless he realistically gets less than 4 points. Along with Phelan, Bob Bradley is our pick to be the next manager sacked from a Premier League side.
The third and final candidate for the sack is recently appointed Sunderland manager David Moyes. The Scot was given the role of Sunderland boss when Sam Allardyce left the Black Cats to take charge of the English national team. Moyes was seen as a good replacement for outgoing Allardyce, with him having vast premier league experience with the likes of Everton and Manchester United. However, as has been the custom for Sunderland over the past few seasons, they have been drawn into a relegation battle, with Moyes’ signings being questioned. He has only won 6 of his 21 games in charge, with 2 draws, with Sunderland now sitting 2 points from safety. The next month will be crucial for the Black Cata, with matches against the likes of Burnley, Stoke and West Brom. If Moyes can pick up positive results in these fixtures, as well as put in respectable performance against Liverpool and Tottenham, he is a great chance to keep his job. Lose in these however, and his return to the Premier League could be very short lived. After 10 games this season, Sunderland were officially the worst side ever in EPL history, and while it has improved considerably since then, results must continue to impress for Moyes to remain in the drivers seat at Sunderland.