By News Team
29th October 2021
Earlier this month, Xisco Munoz became the first Premier League manager to depart after lasting only seven games of the new season at Vicarage Road. He was followed by Steve Bruce who walked away from Newcastle soon after their recent Saudi led takeover.
Who will be the next manager to join them? We take a look at the likely candidates.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – Manchester United
The pressure has slowly been ratcheting up on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United. After spending big money this summer to sign Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and bring back Cristiano Ronaldo, United fans would have been expecting their side to be challenging for the title this season.
However, so far things haven’t gone to plan as United have failed to win in their last five Premier League games, losing out to West Ham, Aston Villa and Leicester. The situation was compounded by last weekend’s five goal loss in front of the Old Trafford faithful at the hands of rivals Liverpool.
After that some serious questions about Solskjaer’s leadership and tactical astuteness are being asked, he’s is the favourite to leave next at odds of 4/9.
Daniel Farke – Norwich
Norwich are without a win in the Premier League this season, after managing just two draws in their first nine games, leaving them rock-bottom of the table. Perhaps even more worrying for manager Daniel Farke is the fact they have only scored twice but have a defence that has conceded 23 already.
Seven of those goals came in their last game when the Canaries were humbled by league leaders Chelsea. While expectations cannot be too high at Carrow Road, Norwich will at least want to make sure they are not embarrassed further this season.
With not much sign of improvement from Norwich so far, Farke is a 10/3 second favourite to depart.
Dean Smith – Aston Villa
Dean Smith’s Aston Villa side have had an up and down beginning to the season. A 3-0 defeat by Chelsea was followed by an inspired win at Everton. An impressive victory at Old Trafford then followed, but three losses in the last three games have tempered fans enthusiasm recently.
Some pundits have criticised Smith’s insistence on a 3-5-2 formation, which was ruthlessly exploited by Arsenal last time.
The Birmingham side may have had a tough run of fixtures, but their fans will be expecting them to bounce back against West Ham, Southampton, Brighton and Crystal Place in their next four fixtures. A poor run of results in those games would see Smith under pressure to keep his job, and at 12/1 he is third favourite to be next to leave.
Nuno Espirito Santo – Tottenham Hotspur
After a spiralling period of negativity under Jose Mourinho, Tottenham looked to Nuno Espirito Santo to rekindle the period of high achievement they enjoyed under Mauricio Pochettino.
Tottenham began the season in the perfect way, defeating reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. That early optimism quickly evaporated however, as they endured embarrassing heavy defeats to Crystal Palace and Chelsea and were comprehensively outplayed by north London rivals Arsenal.
Results have been better in recent games and have helped to ease the pressure building on Nuno, but there remains a doubt for Tottenham fans about his suitability in the big games. As such he is a 16/1 chance to be next to leave.
Claudio Ranieri – Watford
Watford have one of the highest manager turnovers of any club in the league, and Claudio Ranieri is the third to take up position at Vicarage Road in 14 months, after the departure of Xisco Munoz in early October.
Ranieri endured a tough start to the role when on the wrong end of a thrashing from Liverpool, but his team rebounded in style against the Red’s Merseyside rivals Everton, winning a thrilling encounter 5-2.
Ranieri will be forever associated with Leicester’s extraordinary triumph in 2015/16 and it will be interesting to see how high Watford’s expectations are for their new manager. At 20/1 in the market, he should be safe for the time being.