Premier League Managers: Who will leave and who will stay?by Jack Kitson / 03 May 2018, 13:39Tweet
As the 2017/18 Premier League season nears its climax, we take the opportunity to assess whether each of the top-flight’s 20 managers will still be at the helm of their current clubs come the start of next season.
Obviously a lot can happen during the frenzied summer months, so it will be interesting to see how the managerial merry-go-round unfolds.
Check out our verdicts below: STAYING / GOING
Man City - Pep Guardiola
After winning the Premier League trophy in supreme fashion, Pep Guardiola will now be determined to double-up and become the first back-to-back title winning manager since Sir Alex Ferguson (2008 & 2009). The Spaniard has wowed English football with his innovation and genius, with Man City’s scintillating style of play simply unmatched on these shores.
Man Utd - Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho will be gutted at Man City’s utter dominance this season. But, while Man Utd are set to finish in a distance 2nd, Mourinho’s men can draw confidence from recent wins over each of their top-6 teams. The third season usually represents a troubled one for the Portuguese coach - a perception he’ll be desperate to quench.
Liverpool - Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp has created one of the most rip-roaring Liverpool sides in Premier League history. Only champions City have hammered home more goals than the free-scoring Reds, who may not have mounted a challenge for the title, but are currently one game away from Champions League glory. Expect the Merseyside outfit to spark a real charge at top-flight glory next season.
Champions League Finals since 2013:— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) May 2, 2018
2 - Jurgen Klopp
0 - Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte, Arsene Wenger & Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham - Mauricio Pochettino
In recent weeks Mauricio Pochettino has dropped tiny hints that his long-term Tottenham future is in doubt. But while it’s difficult to envision the Argentine leaving Spurs this summer, if Real Madrid don’t beat Liverpool in the Champions League final, there’s every chance Zinedine Zidane could leave the Bernabeu, with Poch currently the bookmakers favourite to replace him.
Chelsea - Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea has been shredded in doubt all season. The Italian has topped the Premier League Sack Race at multiple points, but perhaps surprisingly has not been one of the 10 top-flight managers that have been sent to the guillotine.
A summer departure looks inevitable, but on the plus side the fiery boss has the chance to bow out with a FA Cup trophy. Luis Enrique, Maurizio Sarri and Brendan Rodgers have all been linked with the Blues in the Next Chelsea Manager Market.
Arsenal - Arsene Wenger
Last month Arsenal revealed that Arsene Wenger will be leaving in the summer after 22-years at the helm, and it will be interesting to see where the Frenchman crops up next.
As for his replacement, there was a huge shock in the Next Arsenal Manager Market this week after Liverpool assistant Zeljko Buvac emerged as the new favourite for the Gunners post, while the likes of Max Allegri, Luis Enrique and Carlo Ancelotti remain in the frame.
Burnley - Sean Dyche
Sean Dyche has a legitimate claim to be crowned Manager of the Year following a simply stunning season with Burnley. The Clarets can still finish 6th, yes 6th, while they are on the verge of securing Europa League football.
There’s a viewpoint that Dyche, whose standing is at a career high, needs to move on in order to progress in the managerial arena, with the Englishman linked with Everton, Leicester, and even Arsenal. However, with European football on the cards next term we’re confident he’s staying put at Turf Moor, for now.
With Burnley’s European football virtually confirmed The Princess Royal will be renamed The Royal Dyche!— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) April 30, 2018
We’ve got a feeling that The Princess Pardew will not be opening its doors in the West Brom area... pic.twitter.com/vphLzKXaZi
Everton - Sam Allardyce
This is a difficult one. On one hand Sam Allardyce has accomplished what he was brought in to do, having led a previously struggling Everton miles clear of the relegation zone up into a credible 8th spot.
On the other hand the vast majority of fans simply haven’t warmed to his personality or style of play, and it doesn’t appear that they ever will either. Everton, who fluffed their lines with that infamous survey, have a big decision to make this summer, and should a top gaffer show interest in the Toffees, expect Big Sam to be cast aside.
Leicester - Claude Puel
Claude Puel burst out of the blocks at Leicester City following his surprise appointment back in autumn. However, the Foxes have tailed badly since mid-December, winning only four of their last 18 league games. Both the fans and players appear to have lost confidence in the quietly spoken Frenchman whose popularity is diminishing by the day.
Leicester were ruthless in sacking title-winning Claudio Ranieri last season, and we expect the club to wield the managerial axe once again this summer, as they look to appoint a boss with more fire in the belly. Interestingly it’s Rafa Benitez who currently leads the way in the newly-opened Next Leicester City Manager Market.
Newcastle - Rafa Benitez
Barely a day goes by without a some story surfacing surrounding the future of Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez: Is he staying or is he going?
The Spaniard is adored on Tynecastle and looks set to lead the club to their first top-10 finish since 2013/14 - a superb achievement considering the Toon’s limited squad, and prior flirtation with relegation.
A lot will depend on if the club is eventually taken over or not, but given Benitez’s connection with the fans we think he’ll prolong his stay at St James’ Park. Although, should an offer from a top European club come in - Arsenal perhaps - then expect Benitez’s head to be turned.
Crystal Palace - Roy Hodgson
Reaction to Roy Hodgson’s September appointment was mixed, given the manner in which his England tenure had come to an end, while he hadn’t managed at club level since 2012.
Fast-forward to May and his reputation has been restored following a cracking run of form. The Eagles were bottom, pointless and goalless upon Hodgson’s arrival, now with two games to go they have an outside chance of finishing in the top-10 for only the second time in the club’s Premier League history.
AFC Bournemouth - Eddie Howe
Eddie Howe is set to keep Bournemouth in the Premier League for the third season running, but while they can’t match last term’s 9th, the Cherries do have another shot at a top-half finish. Should Everton dismiss Sam Allardyce, expect Howe to be in the frame, while he’s got an outside chance of becoming the next Arsenal manager.
Watford - Javi Gracia
You’d be forgiven for forgetting who the Watford manager is. It would be unfair to say that Marco Silva’s replacement has been a complete disappointment, but apart from a stunning 4-1 victory over defending champions Chelsea, there have been few positives.
Watford have changed managers in each of the last three summers, but considering that Gracia was only appointed in January, he’s most likely to still be in the dugout come the start of next season. Although he’ll pay the price for a slow start.
Brighton - Chris Hughton
Should, as expected, Brighton preserve their Premier League status at the first time of asking, then Chris Hughton’s name has simply got to be in the frame for one of the managers of the year.
Few, if any, gave the Seagulls any hope of avoiding the dreaded drop, but with three games to go they have a five point cushion.
Bizarrely Hughton is rarely put forward as a candidate for other top-flight jobs, and Brighton will be hoping it stays that way.
West Ham - David Moyes
West Ham’s 3-0 victory over relegation rivals Southampton was supposed to rejuvenate the troubled club, instead the Hammers have failed to win any of their following four games, meaning they’ve been dragged back into the frenzied fight for survival.
Moyes’ short-term contract is up at the end of the season, and talks over his future will not take place until the summer. At this point you could flip a coin to determine whether he’s staying or not, but a departure does appear likely, regardless of whether the Scot keeps the Irons up or not.
West Ham have worst defensive record in all four divisions. 1.9 goals conceded a game. David Moyes has the WORST win percentage of any manager in our history.— West Ham News (@whufc_news) April 29, 2018
Yet our incompetent, tight, lying, parasite owners are going to reward him with a new contract.
Huddersfield - David Wagner
David Wagner will no doubt harbour ambitions of progressing his own path in the managerial arena. Wagner, who has one more year on his contract, has been linked with a move to Germany, while he could receive attention from the likes of Everton, Leicester and West Ham.
But for the time being Wagner is bidding to keep Huddersfield in the top-flight. If the Terriers are relegated, he’s likely to leave, but should he keep the club in the top-tier, then another season at the John Smith’s Stadium is feasible.
Swansea - Carlos Carvalhal
Carlos Carvalhal became an instant icon at Swansea following an initial “manager bounce”. But, the Swans’ impressive form under the Portuguese coach has since disappeared, with the club without a win in seven games dating back to early March, with their Premier League future hanging in the balance.
We think Carvalhal still be at the Liberty Stadium come August, but given the rate Swansea chomp through managers, he’s unlikely to last long next season.
Southampton - Mark Hughes
At the start of the season no one would have predicted that Mark Hughes, then at Stoke, would end the campaign in charge of Southampton.
The Saints have left it late but they’ve got a fighting chance of survival following a pivotal win over Bournemouth. Hughes, whose contract expires in May, probably has a better chance of staying on should the Saints be relegated, however should the south coast survive they are likely to opt for a new manager who can take them forward.
In truth, a change appears inevitable either way.
Stoke - Paul Lambert
Paul Lambert was not the inspiring appointment fans craved, but he quietened the doubters after leading Stoke to three points in his first game. Problem is, the Potters haven’t won since. That’s a run of 12 matches without a victory.
Stoke are priced at 8/1 to stay up, but given their failure to win matches, it looks like their 10-year stay in the Premier League is over. Lambert’s still got 18-months on his contract, and the club’s chairman Peter Coates recently said:
“Paul (Lambert) is under contract and there are no plans to change. We haven’t been winning games because we haven’t been scoring goals. It’s not his fault that we haven’t got a goalscorer.”
West Brom - Darren Moore
“How do you like it, how do you like it...More, more, more!”
West Brom caretaker Darren Moore has defied expectations and picked up the same amount of points (8) in four unbeaten games as predecessor Alan Pardew scraped together during the whole of his sorry spell.
Moore has toppled Jose Mourinho and conjured up a likely comeback against Jurgen Klopp, who is one game away from winning the Champions League. The Premier League’s first Jamaican boss is immensely popular at the Hawthorns, and while caretaker-to-permanent manager positions have a mixed success rate, he fully deserves a stab at the job on a full-time basis.