Premier League Sack Race: Who Will Bite the Bullet First?

Martin Green

Monday, October 7, 2019 6:15 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 6:15 PM UTC

Will it be Silva, Ole or Poch?
<div><p>A trio of high-profile managers are firmly in the firing line after guiding their teams to a horrendous run of results over the past few weeks. The Premier League sack race is really hearing up and Everton boss Marco Silva is out in front after the Toffees lost four in a row. Yet Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mauricio Pochettino are providing strong competition, so who will be the next Premier League manager to leave his post? Here we analyse the three main contenders:</p><h2>Marco Silva</h2><p>Everton tumbled into the relegation zone after suffering a grim 1-0 defeat at the hands of Burnley on Saturday. Seamus Coleman was sent off in the 56<sup>th</sup> minute and Jeff Hendrick gravved a late winner to since Silva’s men. It capped a disastrous few weeks for the Toffees, who lost 3-1 away at Bournemouth, 2-0 at home to Sheff Utd and then 3-1 to Man City at Goodison Park.</p><p>They have only managed to score six goals in eight games so far this season and that is a real worry. Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison have managed two apiece, but the former is not a natural finisher and the latter is inconsistent. Alex Iwobi is not really turning it on, Theo Walcott continues to regress, Cenk Tosun looks a dud, Moise Kean has not been trusted to start and their best player, Gylfi Sigurdsson, has not been able to get them out of trouble. Owner Farhad Moshiri has lavished a great deal of money on this squad, and it is a poor return on his investment, so it is easy to see why he is the 2.10 (11/10) favourite with <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes">Ladbrokes</a> to be the next manager axed.</p><h2>Ole Gunnar Solskjaer</h2><p>Man Utd’s worst start to a Premier League season was compounded when they lost 1-0 at St James’s Park on Sunday. The Magpies had been in dreadful form, but they outfought, outthought and totally outclassed Solskjaer’s struggling side. It left United 12<sup>th</sup> in the table, 15 points behind leaders Liverpool and just two points above the relegation zone. They have only scored nine goals in eight games, and the football has been dreadful.</p><p>Joyful chants of “Ole’s at the wheel” have been replaced by “Ole out” and pressure is mounting on the club to axe him. It always looked like a strange appointment. Solskjaer did well during his caretaker phase, but his only previous managerial experience in English football was getting Cardiff relegated from the top flight, and he appears to lack the calibre and tactical nous to manage a team of Man Utd’s stature. It is hard to imagine the Norwegian remaining at the wheel much longer, and the 4.00 (3/1) at <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a> on Solskjaer getting sacked first looks like a great bet.</p><h2>Mauricio Pochettino</h2><p>Pochettino could well be the man to replace Solskjaer at Old Trafford. His time at Spurs looks to be coming to an end as he is unable to squeeze any more out of this group of players. He has been hamstrung by a lack of investment in a squad that was previously promising, but is now starting to look washed up. Trophies have not materialised and players know the grass is greener elsewhere after seeing what happened to Kyle Walker at Man City.</p><p>Spurs were dumped out of the EFL Cup by lowly Colchester, they lost 7-2 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League and a 3-0 defeat to Brighton at the weekend saw them slump to ninth in the Premier League. The players were not pressing. They were barely even running, as Brighton totally overwhelmed them. Key players want out, and there appears to be a growing resentment at Pochettino’s demanding methods. He is 9.00 (8/1) with Ladbrokes to be the next manager to leave his post, and that might tempt a few people, but after all he has done for the club you would expect him to be given time to turn the situation around. He may walk away, but Solskjaer may have to leave Man Utd before that happens.</p></div>
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