Will there be another Premier League sacking this season?
- 1st February 2018
The January transfer window has slammed shut meaning the 20 Premier League managers must now make do with what they’ve got until the end of the season. A number of gaffers will be content with their dealings, while others will have been left exasperated at 11pm last night.
There are now just over three months and 13 matches remaining until the campaign comes to a close in mid-May. We’ve already witnessed a whopping eight sackings this term - a joint-record at this stage of the season - but will any other bosses be gobbled up by the 2017/18 Premier League Sack Race from now until Sunday 13th May?
We take a look below...
A flick through the history books informs us that only two of the previous 25 Premier League seasons have experienced a managerial-departure drought from February through to the final game of the campaign: 1995/96 and 2007/08. This means that a whopping 23 campaigns have witnessed exits during this timeframe.
So which of the current lot are in trouble...?
Mauricio Pellegrino (Southampton)
Relegation-threatened Southampton are enduring the worst winless run in the top-4 leagues, having failed to register a victory in 12 Premier League matches dating back to November.
The Saints are led by an overly cautious manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, who employs negative and unimaginative football. His tactics have been slammed, his substitutions have been slated and his lack of fire-in-the-belly has really frustrated fans.
In the aftermath of Wednesday’s dismal draw at home to fellow south coast strugglers Brighton social media was awash with furious Saints supporters, many of whom tweeted the hashtag #PellegrinoOut.
But still the club backs the Argentine, who was trusted in the transfer market, although in the end he missed out on a number of targets, with record signing Guido Carrillo the only addition.
Should the struggling Saints lose at rock-bottom West Brom this weekend - a result which could see them drop to 20th - surely Pellegrino will be axed. But then again we’ve been saying this for some time and yet still he clings onto his job.