Managers on the brink

Last man back January 7, 2011 9

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.


  1. Starleigh September 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm -

    I’m impressed by your wrtinig. Are you a professional or just very knowledgeable?

  2. Holloway2Holland January 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm -


  3. Last man back January 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm -

    That bit was a joke.

    H2H – the very same ;)

  4. unitedFixation January 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm -

    Do you really think Sir Alex is on the brink ??

  5. Holloway2Holland January 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm -

    @Last man back

    Agree totally on Benitez, he must be the worlds greatest hypnosist to get so many mickey mousers to believe he was actually good. Either that or he is in some way related to Yoda (although A. Grant has his looks) and is a master at the Jedi mind trick. (Would explain how he got the Inter job)

    ps. Is that the same Mugsmasher, Arseblogger often speaks of?

  6. Andy Hunter January 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm -

    Completely agree that Hodgson will do well to last the day. Blackburn certainly delivered the last rights! It would not make sense to sack Ancelotti as I cannot see an obvious replacement but who knows what goes on in Abramovich’s head sometimes. Villa should come good, Houllier will need sometime to change things around and I think he can only be judged once he has stamped his authority on the team.
    It is silly season though so I guess anything is possible!!!!

  7. Last man back January 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm -

    I genuinely think sticking with Houllier is a gamble for Villa. The Mugsmasher said to me the other day ‘He’s just happy to be alive. Too much que sera, sera”. I’d be very, very worried if I were a Villa fan. It’ll be telling if the board give him some money to spend this month though.

    Hughes on shakier ground than people might think.

    And I feel for Hodgson too. This weird collective amnesia the Liverpool fans have re: Benitez is bizarre. It’s the owners, it’s Hodgson, everyone’s fault but Rafa.

  8. Daryl Booth January 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm -

    In fairness, I do feel for Woy. He has taken a job that has more baggage than Ashley Cole has sim cards.
    Liverpool was always going to be a poisoned chalice to anyone but the Kop appointed `Messiah` King Kenny.

    Sadly Woy will leave Liverfail with his credentials called wrongly into question. It’s not like they were not already shit before he got there. You don’t go from Fulham in a European cup final to struggling with a `once was great` side like the Merseyside team without the players failing too.
    Without Gerrard & Torres, Pool are a shadow of their former glory.

    So I feel for the guy, he has got a lot of passengers who are not even turning up to play for the shirt they wear. Managers can do so much before the player has to rip his finger from his arse and start playing.

  9. Hogger January 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm -

    I think Houllier is more safe than people suspect. I think he and Hughes will be alright.

    Hodgson is a dead man walking, whilst Grant could also go any minute.

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