An international break is often a worrying time for a football manager. As was seen in the last break, it’s a time when club owners can decide it’s time to change their manager. That’s what happened at Watford last month. The coming fortnight could be a worrying time for some high profile managers in the Premier League.
The market on the next Premier League manager to leave their club is a fascinating one. If you do place a bet, then you can be waiting for that newsflash to appear with the news that you have been waiting to hear. It’s not a sack race though, a manager can resign, take up another job or quit for personal reasons.
After eight games of the new season, it’s clear that there are some managers who have a lot of work to do. Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham), Ole Gunnar Solksjaer (Manchester United) and Marco Silva (Everton) all manage clubs that are in trouble and it might actually just be a question of which one goes first.
Pochettino in Peril
Last season saw Tottenham reach the final of the Champions League. Just a few months later, his team have hit a bad patch and fans are starting to bey for his blood. You can get odds of 3/1 (4.0) at SkyBet on him to be the next Premier League manager to leave his club. Those odds were in double figures a few weeks ago.
Appalling away form in the Premier League is one big problem that the Argentinian hasn’t been able to solve. Spurs haven’t won in their last ten away games and have conceded at least twice in eight of those games. Pochettino has struggled to win silverware with the club. You could include this season’s Audi Cup but that’s not something that could save him from the sack.
Recent weeks have seen Tottenham knocked out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Colchester United. Then came an embarrassing 7-2 home lose to Bayern Munich (who they beat on penalties to win the Audi Cup). Add on a 3-0 loss at Brighton and Hove Albion and the crisis is escalating. A home loss to Watford on October 19 and a heavy loss at Anfield the week after could see Pochettino exiting the club.
The Wrong Man?
Did Manchester United appoint the wrong man to replace Jose Mourinho? Ole Gunnar Solksjaer made a great start to life as boss at Old Trafford but it’s not been so healthy for a while now.
Only two of their last 13 Premier League games have been won. The 1-0 loss at Newcastle United on Sunday left them 12th in the table. United are only two points above the relegation zone. It might get worse before it gets better (if it gets better). Their next league game is at home to Liverpool on Sunday October 20. If you want a bet on that game at a site where gambling is a whole new experience, head to Betbull.
Plenty of mistakes have been made at the club. How could they let Romelu Lukaku leave and not replace him? Alexis Sanchez has gone too and despite spending over £100m on defenders, they have one clean sheet in the last seven league games. Solkjaer can be backed at odds of 7/2 (4.5) at SkyBet to be the next Premier League manager to leave his club.
How about a personal battle between Pochettino and Solksjaer? Betfair have a market on which of the two will leave their club first? For Pochettino to go first, it’s 8/15 (1.52) and for Solksjaer to be the first to go, it’s 13/8 (2.61).
Another Poor Start for Everton
Everton are a club with big ambitions and that always spells danger for a manager. They have a new stadium on the way and have spent big in the transfer market. Their dream is to climb out of the shadows of Liverpool but it’s not working is it?
Going into the international break, Everton find themselves 17 points behind the Reds. Even worse, they are in the relegation zone and that puts Marco Silva in big trouble. Only two league games have been won this season and both were at home. The clubs owners didn’t spend well over £100m to see their team just beat Watford and Wolves.
Their excellent home form has deserted them and Everton have lost four league games in a row conceding nine goals. Away form is a massive problem with no wins in their last seven league games and only three goals scored. Everton battled hard to get Marco Silva to Goodison Park, are they still confident he bring them success?
It’s looking bleak for Marco Silva with Everton in the relegation zone. A series of league defeats They don’t have the easiest of fixtures in October and November. December is even worse with games against Leicester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal. Will Silva even get that far? He might not even make it to the next game against West Ham. None of these three managers look like quitting. It’s Everton who look likely to lose their patience first. Silva looks on his way out and is 5/4 (2.25) at SkyBet to be the next Premier League manager that says goodbye to his present club.