Who is the Premier League’s next managerial casualty?


Now that the eternally optimistic Brendan Rodgers has finally been ousted by the Liverpool board, critics can finally resume their verbal assault on the culture of hiring and firing managers in the modern game. Nothing is likely to change the contemporary trend for scapegoating managers. So we may as well accept our fate, open a bag of popcorn and wager on who will be the next to lose their job.

While this may sound harsh, it at least allows us to profit out of sadness! Here are our top candidates for the next managerial firing:

Steve McClaren, Newcastle United

Another eternal optimist, former England coach Steve McClaren may never fully escape the iconic ‘wally with a brolly’ tag he earned during the ill-fated 3-2 defeat at home to Croatia when England coach. If he is ever to achieve this, he will at least need to enjoy some success with an EPL club, although this looks unlikely in his current role at Newcastle. Rooted to the bottom of the league and shell-shocked by the recent 6-1 thrashing at the Etihad, his position is fast becoming untenable.

Tim Sherwood, Aston Villa

This may seem a little leftfield, especially as Sherwood was allowed to ‘purchase’ (although he would dispute this) an entirely new squad in the summer and should be allowed time for these players to bed in. The EPL is an unforgiving mistress, however, and Villa’s poor form one win in eight league matches has left them in the bottom free and Sherwood’s tenure under threat. With Chelsea to come after the international break, the former Spurs man could face a defining moment in his career.

Jose Mourinho, Chelsea

Ah Chelsea, the once dominant champions who swept all before them and won the league with just three defeats against their name last season. They have already lost four in eight outings this time out, with the recent 3-1 thumping at home to Southampton appearing to place the Portuguese under immense pressure. The vultures are certainly circling over Mourinho, and while he is likely to remain in charge for now he could face a sudden decline in his fortunes over the coming months as Abramovich loses patience.