Frank de Boer, Slaven Bilic and Arsene Wenger feeling the heat in Premier League Sack Race

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 29 August 2017, 11:48

As we venture into the international break Premier League managers have the chance to take stock of how the new season has started. But, while the likes of Jose Mourinho and David Wagner will be loving how the campaign has gone so far, the same cannot be said of the under-fire trio of Frank de Boer, Slaven Bilic and Arsene Wenger.

Below we take a look at the pressure each gaffer is under at this incredibly early stage of the season.

Frank de Boer

  • Team: Crystal Palace
  • Position: 19th (0 points)
  • Sack Race Odds: 1/2 (Bet Victor)

Since leaving his post at Ajax in the summer of 2016 Frank de Boer has had a stinker. In his subsequent 85 day spell at Inter Milan, and now current post at Crystal Palace, the Dutchman has lost 10 of his 18 matches, including three straight defeats in the Premier League, leaving the free-falling Eagles 19th in the table.

De Boer started the season out at 16/1 in the Premier League Sack Race, however Saturday’s dismal 2-0 defeat at home to Swansea saw bookmakers cut his odds to just 1/2, as he became the favourite for the chop.

Palace chairman Steve Parish has told De Boer that he's safe for now - after all it’s only been three league games - but should his winless start continue after the international break against Burnley and Southampton, he’d be under overwhelming pressure ahead of a daunting run of fixtures against Man City, Man Utd, and Chelsea.

It’s all set up for former Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce to make a sensational return to Selhurst Park…

Slaven Bilic

  • Team: West Ham
  • Position: 20th (0 points)
  • Sack Race Odds: 6/4 (Bet Victor)

Hot on De Boer’s heels in the Sack Race is West Ham’s beleaguered boss Slaven Bilic, who is staring up at the 19 other Premier League gaffers following three straight defeats, in which his side have leaked in at least three goals a game.

Saturday’s shocking 3-0 defeat to Newcastle was a nadir for a club that has now only won three of their last 17 top-flight games. However, according to Sky sources Bilic, whose contract expires next summer, is safe for the “time being” after holding talks with the club’s co-owner David Sullivan.

In the build-up to the game there were murmurings that the Irons were eyeing up Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez as a potential replacement for Bilic, should they sack the Croatian.

Benitez has cut a frustrated figure at the Toon due to their uninspiring transfer activity, and with his Magpies future uncertain, the Spaniard could well have his head turned in the upcoming months should another vacancy become available.

In just under two weeks time West Ham return to the London Stadium for the first time this season, but ifthey come unstuck against surprise starters Huddersfield, the alarm bells will be ringing at an ear-shattering volume.

Arsene Wenger

  • Team: Arsenal
  • Position: 16th (3 points)
  • Sack Race Odds: 12/1 (Bet Victor)

If Arsenal had failed to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 win in the final five minutes of their opening league game at home to Leicester then they would be pointless so far. However, they managed to grab the spoils, although this victory has been followed by a disappointing 1-0 loss at Stoke, then a desperately dire 4-0 drubbing at Liverpool last weekend.

In the aftermath of the Anfield annihilation Wenger, who signed a new two-year deal in the summer, was panned by supporters, pundits and former players, many of whom want the Frenchman to step down from his position.

One things for sure, Wenger has a lot on ponder ahead of the Gunners’ return to the field against Bournemouth next month, which kick starts a hectic September during which they also face Cologne (Europa League), Chelsea (league), Doncaster (EFL Cup), West Brom (league), and Bate Borisov (Europa League).


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