Premier League set for summer of change in the dugoutby Jack Kitson / 02 May 2014, 10:06Tweet
There have already been an epidemic of Premier League sackings this season, with 10 top-flight managers losing their jobs. However, the managerial changes are by no means done and dusted, with a summer of change now on the cards in England’s showcase division. Below we take a look at those teams who are eyeing up a new face in the dugout come the end of the season.
In April David Moyes was sent packing less than 10 months into his six-year contract at Man Utd, which subsequently opened up one of the biggest vacancies in world football. Hot favourite Louis Van Gaal is widely expected to take the job in the summer, however interim boss Ryan Giggs simply can't be ruled out, while Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone are outsiders in the Next Man Utd Manager Market. Whoever lands the prized job will be handed with a whopping transfer budget, as they are charged with transforming the Red Devils following a dismal campaign.
Former Tottenham frontrunner Louis Van Gaal has savagely snubbed Spurs in order to focus his intentions on landing the United job, forcing the North London club to look elsewhere as they look to find the right man to replace Tim Sherwood this summer. Ajax boss Frank de Boer has become the latest to be linked with the Lilywhites, while Mauricio Pochettino and David Moyes remain in the mix, according to the latest Next Tottenham Manager Market.
Alan Pardew is enduring a torrid time up in the North East. A run of 14 defeats from 19 matches, including the last six in a row, has piled the pressure on the beleaguered boss, whose days are almost certainly numbered at St James’ Park. The 52-year-old has lost the support of livid Toon fans who are reportedly planning to stage a mass walkout during the club’s match at home to Cardiff this weekend. Former United boss Moyes is currently the favourite in the Next Newcastle United Manager Market, ahead of Steve Bruce and Michael Laudrup.
Similarly down in London Sam Allardyce is facing the wrath of the fans. Four consecutive defeats have slumped West Ham down to 14th, meaning they are by no means safe from the dreaded drop. However, the main problem is Big Sam’s direct style of play, with many supporters desperate for the owners to employ a boss with a more positive, entertaining and attractive football philosophy. Allardyce looked safe a couple of months ago, but if the Iron lose their final two games to Spurs and Man City, then he will surely be shown the exit door.
The Next West Ham Manager Market reveals that Malky Mackay is the favourite for the job, with former Hammers managers Harry Redknapp and Alan Pardew also featuring, while Michael Laudrup's style of play will no doubt be jubilantly welcomed with open arms.
Fan frustration is becoming a reoccurring theme in this article, with Paul Lambert yet another boss who is being slated by his own supporters. The Scot has failed to make an impact since ditching the Canaries two years ago, and with the future ownership of the club up in the air he will be fretting on his own future. Meanwhile leaves Aston Villa hovering dangerously above the relegation zone in 16th. On Saturday the Villans play a simply huge match at home to Hull, which they will be desperate to win, as their final two games are daunting trips to City and Spurs.
Norwich - Neil Adams is unlikely to hold onto his job at Carrow Road, even if he does manager to keep them in the Premier League. The “ replaced Chris Hughton in early April, and has since lost each of his three games at the helm, and with their final two games against Chelsea (a) and Arsenal (g), it is unlikely that he will pick up his first point this season.
Swansea City - Garry Monk was placed in caretaker charge of the Swans after the club surprisingly sacked Laudrup in February. Monk has in fact done a decent job in the dugout, meaning he is the odds-on favourite to still be in charge next season. However, the owners may opt for a more experience head at the helm during the summer.
Southampton - The Saints have progressed substantially this season, which is mainly down to their boss Mauricio Pochettino, who has unsurprisingly won a heap of admirers. The Argentinian’s refusal to talk about his future, until the summer, has fuelled reports that he may be tempted by a job elsewhere, with a move to Spurs potentially on the horizon.