Managers on the brink

Last man back January 7, 2011 0

I can’t remember a time when so many Premier League managers were as close to losing their jobs. Look:

Roy Hodgson – if he lasts to the end of the day I’d be surprised

Avram Grant – it’s hard to escape the feeling he really doesn’t have a clue and the fact that Wally Downes is being tipped for the Crystal Palace job is hardly a sign of forthcoming stability.

Carlo Ancelotti – crazy as it might seem last season’s double-winning manager is under real pressure at Chelsea. Some of their players have admitted privately they think it’s just a matter of time. He’s a dead eyebrow walking.

Gerard Houllier – Villa haven’t shown any improvement under the Frenchman. Quite the opposite. A team that finished 6th, two years running, under Martin O’Neill is now thoroughly embroiled in a relegation fight. Houllier’s calmness might well be the benefit of his experience but Villa fans will take no comfort from it. Has he ever had to fight this kind of battle before? The Villa board have to make a decision, stick or twist.

Mark Hughes – whispers from the Cottage suggest Hughes isn’t exactly popular for his approach. They’re just a couple of points above the relegation zone. Unless they move away, and quickly, he might find himself out of a job.

And while Wolves, Wigan and West Brom have all shown great loyalty to their managers, when the pressure’s really on and the season is coming to a head they won’t rule out the possibility of a short-term fire fighter.

Oh, and not forgetting:

Alex Ferguson – top of the league and unbeaten so far this season but everyone says this is the worst United team, like, ever. Must be true.