10 managerial predictions for the 2018/19 Premier League seasonby Jack Kitson / 08 August 2018, 11:24Tweet
20 managers head into the 2018/19 top-flight campaign with contrasting levels of hope and expectation in what promises to be another memorable 10 months jam-packed in drama, controversy, spats, rants, ecstasy and despair, and that’s only a day in the life of Neil Warnock.
Below we give you 10 managerial predictions.
Mourinho will unravel (again)
The Man Utd gaffer has cut a frustrated figure during the club’s underwhelming pre-season, and should rumours of Paul Pogba’s departure to Barcelona be true, then he will be in big big trouble ahead of the new season.
Jose Mourinho has already delivered a couple of scolding summer speeches, but a rant full of rage and savagery is imminent in what is usually an ill-fated third campaign for the Portuguese boss.
ArsenalFanTv to call for Emery’s head
At the moment all is relatively rosy at Arsenal with the majority of supporters fully behind Arsene Wenger’s successor Unai Emery.
However, we all know how quickly opinions and attitudes can change, and should Emery’s tactics, formations and signings backfire, then expect the Spaniard to get berated on everyone’s favourite fan channel.
Big Sam will return
It’s inevitable isn’t it? Sam Allardyce will storm back to the Premier League dugout and rescue a troubled club at some point this season, probably sometime over the festive period.
He’s remarkably never been relegated as a manager and should a club find themselves managerless, winless and void of hope, then expect the firefighter to bounce back in the blink of an eye.
Pardew will try to return, and fail
It’s all been pretty quiet on the Alan Pardew front since his turgid tenure at West Brom came to an end in April, with the Baggies subsequently relegated.
But have no fear you can expect the Silver Fox to thrust his name into the mix for a top-flight vacancy this season, although the harsh reality is that no chairman is likely to gamble on his services.
Expect Neil Warnock to unleash an expletive soaked tirade
He’s back in the big time! The veteran gaffer accumulated his eighth, yes eighth, promotion last term and will now be hoping his Premier League return goes better than last time out, when he became the first casualty of the 2014/15 season. Relegation favourites Cardiff may struggle to stay up, but it’s going to be an entertaining ride with Warnock at the helm.
Stop what you’re doing right now and stamp Saturday 1st December in your diary, which is when Cardiff host Wolves. This happened last time:
‘You have manners, you have a bit of class...’ Neil Warnock, admonishing Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo last night.— David Walker (@djwskyblu) 7 April 2018
That’ll be Warnock spelt
W@DeanMd1877 @Wolves pic.twitter.com/DV5q55mmWK
Pellegrini will either thrive or dive at West Ham
West Ham have been the talk of the transfer window so far, as new boss Manuel Pellegrini makes his mark after making a plethora of snazzy signings at a cost of nearly £100m, meaning expectations have soared. However, it’s worth noting that the big-spending Hammers have a tough start and it may take a while the band of new recruits to gel, but time waits for no one in the Premier League…
Chelsea Branded Ecig
Chelsea’s new chain-smoking gaffer, Maurizio Sarri, was often seen lighting up a cigarette on the touchline during his time in Italy. The Italian reportedly gets through 80 a day but he’ll be forced to hold off on the cigs in England due to the ban, however such is the stress of the job that we predict a Chelsea branded Ecig will sneakily crop up at some point in the opening months.
CHELSEA— 188BET (@188BET) 5 August 2018
New manager Maurizio Sarri is known for smoking during games.
Last season RB Leipzig built a special smoking area for their game versus Napoli.
Hughes handshake snub
After saving the Saints from the dreaded drop, Mark Hughes was rewarded with a three-year deal. Given the cut-throat nature of the managerial arena, he’s unlikely to see out that contract, and should Southampton stutter out the blocks he’ll be under pressure.
Opposite managers know by now not to anger the Welshman, who will no doubt be involved in yet another handshake debacle.
Loves a good handshake does Mark Hughes... pic.twitter.com/6lKEp3KKh1— Jay (@RFFH) 9 September 2017
Zidane linked with a top club
As soon as one of the top-6 gaffers comes under pressure, whether it’s new boys Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery, or Mourinho, the out-of-work Zinedine Zidane will be linked.
The Frenchman left Real Madrid after hoisting three successive Premier League trophies, and could well be tempted to test his credentials in England should a lucrative offer be sent his way.
2-and-a-half campaigns.— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) 26 May 2018
3 Champions League trophies.
Say what you will, but that is simply staggering by Zinedine Zidane.
The Frank De Boer Award
Frank De Boer’s record-breaking feat of losing his job after just four Premier League games is unlikely to be topped for a while. In six of the last seven seasons the first manager to leave has done so before the month of December, and the market currently informs us that Leicester boss Claude Puel is the early favourite for the chop, followed by Jose Mourinho is hot on his heels in the betting.