The Premier League season is well upon us, and the number one question will always be – who will win it at the end? Even though the vast majority of football fans are focused on that question, there is another inevitable one – which manager will get the sack first?
New betting sites in the UK have some interesting odds and offers for the very same question. The fact that a ball still hasn’t been kicked in the Premier League has not stopped people and bookies from speculating and giving odds on who gets the sack first.
Let’s take a look at some of the early candidates to lose their job this season in the Premier League:
One of the best midfielders that have ever graced the Premier League is in a moment that will surely define his managerial career. He has spent a lot of money this summer to try to better Everton’s disappointing campaign last season, and plenty of people agree that Lampard’s job is the most in danger.
Frank Lampard has not been shy of spending money before, but that has not always paid out. Losing Richarlison was a massive blow for Everton, and it seems like the Toffees are up for another long season.
If that is the case, then no one will be surprised to see Lampard getting the sack first in the Premier League. The first few games will be key for him, and he needs to get off a good start to avoid such a scenario.
Southampton seem to be on a downward trajectory as years go by, and it may finally catch up with them. The one person who will surely be held accountable for that at the beginning will be the manager.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has been described as the Alpine Jurgen Klopp, but he hasn’t done much to justify such remarks. He hasn’t been backed properly in the transfer market this season, so should he have a slow start, he may well be the first name that goes out the door in the Premier League.
The American has done a great job in saving Leeds from relegation last season, and he has been backed by the Leeds owner to succeed even further this campaign. However, we are all aware of how quickly things can change in football, and losing Raphinha to Barcelona was a big blow to the American coach.
Raphinha was the first name on the teamsheet for a couple of years in Leeds, and it will be interesting to see how they will cope without him. Jesse Marsch is not allowed any mistakes this season, as he may well be the first manager to lose his job.
Brendan Rodgers is regarded to be the best British coach at the moment, but last season showed anything but that. Leicester were disappointing last campaign, and the team simply needs to do better this time around.
It looks like Rodgers will not be backed this summer, as he explained the club needs to balance its books. Trouble seems to be looming above Leicester and Rodgers in particular, so he has a difficult job in trying to even keep his job.
The former Liverpool captain has proved that he has the potential to become a very good manager, but he will need to do better than last season. Aston Villa have spent significantly in the past couple of years, especially after selling Jack Grealish to Manchester City.
So, Gerrard simply needs to better last season’s 14th place finish and he won’t be given any second chances, that’s how cruel the Premier League is. He needs to be up and running from the start to avoid being the first manager to lose his job.
We finish this list with an unlikely name but with Manchester United these days you just never know. The Cristiano Ronaldo saga has been the spotlight of ten Hag’s reign so far, but another factor is that he hasn’t been able to sign the players he wanted.
Manchester United were defeated against Brighton on the opening day, and it certainly raised even more questions about the manager. There are a few difficult games coming up for Manchester United, so if there are no satisfactory results, the pressure will mount on Erik ten Hag.
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