Three Premier League managers to keep an eye on this weekendby Jack Kitson / 17 November 2017, 10:23Tweet
The Premier League is back with a bang this weekend following the conclusion of the international break.
Four top-flight gaffers have already been sent to the guillotine - Frank de Boer, Craig Shakespeare, Ronald Koeman and Slaven Bilic - but you can bet your last penny that at least one more gaffer will be ejected from his hot seat before Christmas.
We look at the three favourites in the Next Premier League Manager To Leave Market.
Marco Silva (Watford)
The “will he or won’t he” saga regarding the future of Watford boss Marco Silva and a potential switch to Everton continues to ramble on. In less than a year the Portuguese coach has gone from an unknown quantity on these shores to one of its most sought-after gaffers, who could well become only the second manager to take charge of three Premier League clubs in the space of a year (Roy Hodgson being the other).
In the last 13 years only five managers have made the in-season switch between Premier League clubs - Alan Pardew, Owen Coyle, Harry Redknapp, Steve Bruce and Graeme Souness - and if Silva does trade dugouts he’ll become the first foreign gaffer to ever do this mid-season in the Premier League (via Daniel Storey).
Watford have so far rejected two advances from Everton, the second being a sizeable £10m offer, but a third approach is undoubtedly imminent. If Silva expresses an interest in the Toffees then the Hornets will struggle to keep hold of him, however they will desperately be hoping that they can persuade him to stay...watch out for his press conference on Friday.
In the last years only managers moved between Premier League clubs mid-season:— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) November 16, 2017
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Tony Pulis (West Brom)
Reports this week revealed that Tony Pulis has two matches to save his job after registering only two wins from his last 20 Premier League games, while he has no victories since August.
If these rumours are true then Pulis is a goner: On Saturday the Baggies face defending champions Chelsea, then a trip to Wembley where they lock horns with Tottenham.
The Welshman is fighting for his future after he was booed down the tunnel following the club’s 1-0 defeat to 10-man Huddersfield, with chants of “We Want Pulis Out” venomously belted out from the away section of the John Smith’s stadium.
Simply put, the majority of West Brom fans are tired and frustrated at the negative football, which has produced just two wins and nine goals in 11 league league games this term. Even if Pulis does orchestrate a couple of shock wins from his upcoming games, it will represent only a brief respite for the struggling gaffer.
Paul Clement (Swansea)
Four defeats on the spin, and six defeats in seven, has propelled Swansea boss Paul Clement into the upper echelons on the Premier League Sack Race. Not so long ago the Englishman was a 50/1 outsider in the market, however the club’s rotten run of form means he’s now the third favourite at a nervy 6/1 (Bet Victor).
On Saturday Swansea travel to in-form Burnley who are currently flying high in 7th spot, level with Liverpool and Arsenal on 19 points. It looks like the Clarets have managed to cling onto boss Sean Dyche - despite reported interest from Everton - and the club will now be targeting a third successive Premier League win for the first in their history.
Goals have been a problem for the 19th-placed Swans who have netted only seven this season, something the club simply have to change in their upcoming fixtures with Burnley and Bournemouth. Otherwise the Swansea hierarchy, who are no strangers to pulling the trigger, could well act.
Meanwhile, Clement believes that Swansea midfielder Leon Britton could one day manage the club:
"First of all he has that great backing as a very good player.
"During his playing time he has been doing his coaching licences. He is at the A level at the moment.
"He has been thinking for some time about when his playing time actually does come to an end, he would like to move into coaching.
"And that is a good step to make. From that point you are going to have a very good idea of whether you want to be a manager or a head coach."
Watch out Clement, he could be taking your job soon...