Five Managers That Need A Win This Weekendby Mick Bates / 11 September 2014, 12:09Tweet
The Premier League and Championship return this weekend, which means we have a full schedule of matches and the managers that were given a bit of breathing space last weekend will once again be once again under the 'football microscope'.
Here we take a look at five managers across all four English divisions that will be hoping to claim all three points on offer this weekend or they could well be needing a large cardboard boxto clear their desk next week...The five managers most under pressure are:
Alan Pardew – Newcastle United
Pardew is the second longest serving manager in the Premier League (behind Wenger) with four years serivice but it has not been going Alan’s way on Tyneside since he signed that seven-year contract following his successful first season at St James’ Park. Newcastle ended their 2013/14 season with eight defeats from their last 10 games and have so far failed to record a win this season.
Pardew lost the support of fans some time ago and it could be his lengthy contract that is keeping owner Mike Ashley from dispensing him of his services. In recent weeks, there has been a very vocal #pardewout campaign on Twitter, a website launched called sackpardew.com and also reports in the media this week suggest that Ashley is becoming impatient with the manager and he only has two games to turn things around to save his job.
This could be a tough call as their upcoming opponents are Southampton on Saturday followed by Hull, both of whom have got off to good starts this season. Alan Pardew is currently top of the next Premier League manager to be sacked market and failure to get a positive result at St Mary's is likely to see the pressure increase.
Jose Riga – Blackpool
Where to start for poor Riga? The Belgian has done the best with the tools he has been given at Bloomfield Road but the Seasiders have lost their first five games of the season, rooting them firmly to the bottom of the Championship.
What chairman Karl Oyston is trying to accomplish by not giving Riga the players and budget he needs is anyone’s guess but Riga’ future at the club was thrown in to more doubt this week when it was announced that Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett had turned down an approach from the club to takeoverthe hot-seat.
Blackpool face a tough match this Saturday when they face third place Wolves and the chances of them coming away with their first points of the campaign look very slim. Failure to win this match could be the final nail in Riga’s short tenure at the Lancashire club.
Felix Magath – Fulham
Magath was unable to stop Fulham’s slide from the Premier League and so far this term, he has had a disastrous start to life in the Championship. Fulham have failed to win a match after five matches and have only managed to claim one point leaving them just one place above fellow strugglers Blackpool in the table.
Magath has seen his £11m signing Kostas Mitroglou returned to Olympiakos on loan for the rest of the season after he has failed to score for the Cottagers during his time with the club which has been blighted by injury. The signing of Ross McCormack for £11m from Leeds has also failed to ignite the team in front of goal, much to the annoyance of the Craven Cottage faithful.
This weekend Fulham visit the Madejski Stadium to take on Reading and are priced at 11/5 to claim all three points and a deafeat could well spell curtains for the German gaffer.
Steve Davis – Crewe
Davis has always had big boots to fill since he took over the manager’s role from Dario Gradi but has done a great job thus far. After narrowly avoiding relegation last season, Crewe have started the season with six consecutive defeats (five league games and a 3-0 defeat in the JPT to Rochdale) letting in 16 goals in the process! The poor start has seen Crewe fans showing their disdain by not attending matches with just over 1,500 turning up for that JPT defeat.
Davis however has said that he is listening to the fans and claims that he will be making changes for the Railwaymen’s next match which will be a home fixture against Port Vale who are sitting just outside the relegation zone and anything less than a win could start Alex fans questioning whether Davis is the man for the lon-term at Gresty Road.
Paul Tisdale – Exeter City
After eight years in charge of Exeter City, could manager Paul Tisdale be in the departure lounge at the League Two club? Will the fans remain loyal to their manager or start calling for him to be replaced?
The Grecians have yet to win a match this season and are currently sitting at the bottom of the table after earning just two points from their first six games.
Their next fixture sees Exeter welcome fellow strugglers Oxford United who currently sit above Exeter on goal difference and defeat could see the Devon club begin to wonder whether they need to call a change in the dugout for the first time since 2006.