Paolo Di Canio won’t be the last manager sacked this year if previous season’s are anything to judge by so we look at The Sack Race – Who will be the next Premiership manager to exit.
Number 5 – Steve Clarke:
After an impressive season last year when he emerged from the shadows of Jose Mourinho and Kenny Dalglish to guide the Baggies to 8th place Clarke is suffering from second season syndrome this round earning his first of the season, at the fifth attempt against Sunderland at the weekend.
With games against Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea coming up in the coming weeks Clarke’s future could be less rosy come the end of November.
Number 4 – Ian Holloway
As Ian Atkins and Brian McDermott can testify there is no sentiment in football not even for getting unfancied club’s promoted. With that in mind there is no surprise to see money being placed on Holloway to be sacked. Palace current sit second bottom of the league and have lost four of their 5 games so far this season.
Number 3 – Alan Pardew
Ever since he finished the letter “W” on his new 8 year deal Pardew has been tipped for the sack. An indifferent start to the season to the season has not helped his case especially a 3-2 reversal at home to Hull City at the weekend when he side threw away a 2 goal lead.
Number 2 – Chris Hughton
The Norwich manager recently turned his back on the Ireland job stating his intention to finish the job he started at Carrow Road. The former Newcastle United boss was one of the league’s biggest spenders during the summer but with just four points on the board and his side sitting 17th in the table the pressure is beginning to mount.
Number 1 – Martin Jol
A surprising candidate Jol’s Fulham side currently occupy the final relegation place and have yet to win at Craven Cottage. With the second worse defence in the league presently and just two goals in the for column Jol needs to get his side firing on all cylinders if he is to defy the favourites tag currently hanging over him.
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|- Hull City|
|- West Brom|
|- West Ham|
|- Aston Villa|