The Premier League Managers Running Out Of Time To Save Their Jobs
When the Premier League was un-precedently halted in the middle of the 2022-23 campaign for the Qatar World Cup in November, the six-week hiatus seemed to be the perfect opportunity for those struggling in the top flight to go away and come up with a formula to fix their problems before the restart.
That’s easier said than done of course. The reality is not many of those strugglers have managed to turn their form around in the first few weeks back since the Premier League resumed on Boxing Day. That means there are a number of coaches feeling hot under the collar and it seems only a matter of time before we witness the sixth managerial sacking of the season.
That said, read on as we take a look at a few gaffers who could be running out of time to save their respective jobs.
Approaching his one-year anniversary at Goodison Park, Frank Lampard hasn’t really done much to change the fortunes of Everton in the Premier League odds — as the Toffees once again find themselves in the thick of a relegation battle. Only this time, they might not survive the drop.
At the time of writing, Everton are 18th in a very tight bottom half of the table. A few wins in succession could see them climb to safety, but that seems unlikely considering they haven’t won a league game since the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on October 22.
With just two points between 13th and 18th, finding a replacement for Lampard sooner rather than later could still save Everton.
While it’s widely reported that Graham Potter still has the backing of new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly, it is surely only a matter of time before the American decides enough is enough and pulls the trigger on a second manager since his takeover of the west London club.
The former Brighton boss started well at Stamford Bridge, but the Blues have since won just one of their last 10 domestic ties — beating Bournemouth in the league on Boxing Day. Chelsea have also been knocked out of the FA Cup and League Cup by Manchester City, meaning the Champions League is their last hope of silverware.
The west London faithful sung songs about Tuchel and Roman Abramovic in their recent 4-0 thrashing to Man City, so it is inevitable they will eventually turn on the current manager and regime if nothing changes.
By now, David Moyes has got to be treading a tightrope at the London Stadium. West Ham enjoyed one of their best seasons in recent memory last year, finishing seventh in the table and reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League to boot.
However, perhaps suffering from a hangover from that success, the Hammers have failed to get going this campaign and find themselves in serious danger of suffering the drop down to the Championship if things don’t improve.
Level on points with Everton, West Ham are only avoiding the bottom three thanks to their superior goal difference. That could very quickly change though, and the Claret and Blues’ fans have already lost their patience with the Scot.
The most recent manager to be hired by a Premier League side, only being appointed head coach by Southampton in November, Nathan Jones is already one of the favourites to be the next manager to leave their post.
The Welshman hugely impressed on such a small budget at Luton Town and it was inevitable a top flight club would eventually come calling, but at this stage it doesn’t look like it is going to work out for Jones at St. Mary’s.
Indeed, the Saints beat Crystal Palace in the third round of the FA Cup and stunned Manchester City to reach the semi-final of the League Cup. However, Southampton are yet to win a game in the Premier League under Jones and the fans are already starting to let their frustrations heard.