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Which manager will be first for the sack ???

  • Chris Hutchings - Wigan

    Votes: 14 37.8%
  • Alan Curbishley - West Ham

    Votes: 2 5.4%
  • Sam Allardyce - Newcastle

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Gareth Southgate - Middlesborough

    Votes: 1 2.7%
  • Lawrie Sanchez - Fulham

    Votes: 2 5.4%
  • Sammy Lee - Bolton

    Votes: 15 40.5%
  • Any Other.....

    Votes: 3 8.1%

  • Total voters
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A managers job is never safe - but some of them have more unsafe jobs than ever. So who do you think will be first to be sacked as we begin a new season ???

Arsene Wenger - Arsenal

Losing Thierry Henry must have been like losing his right arm, but Wenger has this uncanny habit of developing... er... new right arms - think Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie.

The French professor could have left for the Continent this summer but I reckon he has one final trick up his sleeve.

Verdict: Will go out with a bang.

Sack Rating: 1/10

MARTIN O'NEILL - Aston Villa

His first season was far from spectacular, but there were promising signs towards the latter half of the campaign.
A little worry is that O'Neill has not used much of multi-millionaire Randy Lerner's cash, and with most other ambitious sides spending money like it was going out of fashion, it may be a testing season for the manager.

Verdict: A tough season awaits but it's unlikely O'Neill will be shown the exit.

Sack Rating: 4/10

STEVE BRUCE - Birmingham

Bruce has been the busiest in the transfer market of all the managers bringing their teams into the Premier League, securing the experience of Olivier Kapo as well as promising Scotland striker Garry O'Connor.

Has he bought well ? Depends how quickly O'Connor gets out of the traps and whether he can strike a good partnership with the recuperated Mikael Forssell.
An inexperienced defence is a slight problem but the club cannot blame Bruce if Blues start leaking goals.

Verdict: Bruce will be given every chance to prove himself again at Premiership level.

Sack Rating: 3/10

MARK HUGHES - Blackburn

Without going crazy in the transfer market, Hughes has built a fairly strong Blackburn squad in the last two seasons.

Rovers will not pierce through the top-four barrier but the fans will be satisfied with Hughes' leadership both on the domestic and European front.
Verdict: Another good season may see Hughes courted by bigger clubs.

Sack Rating: 2/10

SAMMY LEE - Bolton

It will be difficult to repeat what Sam Allardyce achieved, but the diminutive Sammy Lee will undoubtedly give it his best.

Will it be enough? Probably not.

Verdict: The leap from tracksuit coach to tracksuit manager will be too great. Could be the first to go.

Sack Rating: 6/10

JOSE MOURINHO - Chelsea

Is Mourinho speaking to his employers? Who knows. It seems there will be the usual media speculation over the future of the "Chosen One" at Stamford Bridge.
He will be under great pressure to win back the Premiership and land the Champions League, but the new arsenal of Florent Malouda and Claudio Pizarro may help him out of a tight spot.

Verdict: Mourinho's side will again be very hard to beat but how long will he be able to cope with the scrutiny over his future?

Sack Rating: 4/10

BILLY DAVIES - Derby

Billy Davies is more than aware his club are not awash with cash.

He will keep his job because, frankly, not many others will be able to do a better job with the current squad.

Verdict: A tricky season for Davies but he may just rise to the challenge.

Sack Rating: 3/10

DAVID MOYES - Everton

With Everton seemingly saving their pennies for the new stadium, David Moyes has been left to scrape together what's left in the piggy bank for players.
Finishing sixth last season was an impressive achievement, and if "Moyesie" can replicate anything near that then he should be awarded the freedom of Merseyside - the blue part.

Verdict: It will be a tough season for the Scot, but no alarm bells.

Sack Rating: 4/10

LAWRIE SANCHEZ - Fulham

Sanchez did just about enough to prevent Fulham from falling into the Championship hole. He was then promised money by owner Mohamed Al Fayed to rebuild the squad for the new season.

The Harrods boss has kept his promise, so now Sanchez will have to deliver.
It has been a while since Al Fayed was so cavalier with his funds so he will expect results.

Verdict: Sanchez proved successful at international level, but the Premiership will be a more intense challenge.

Sack Rating: 6/10

RAFAEL BENITEZ - Liverpool

Good old goatee-wearing Rafa has changed his own appearance and the look of his team.

Their uber-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks are a generous pair and Benitez has taken full advantage and then some.

They will be seen as Manchester United's closest challengers - so will the Spaniard lead the Reds to the title? It's worth a punt.

Verdict: He's got the squad and may finally deliver in the Premiership.

Sack Rating: 2/10

SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON - Manchester City

He's back. The cool Swede who took England to glory in...oh hang on... anyway, his club record is pretty formidable.

Eriksson's had success at Gothenburg, Benfica, Sampdoria and Lazio, where he helped the Rome side to the league title.

His City side do not have household names, but the signings of winger Elano, Martin Petrov and Rolando Bianchi should provide the spark to help Eriksson get off to a good start in his new job

Verdict: City will get at least a season of those Eriksson idiosyncrasies.

Sack Rating: 3/10

SIR ALEX FERGUSON - Manchester United

Ferguson beat Chelsea to the title, which is a far bigger achievement than just winning the title.

The addition of Owen Hargreaves, Nani and Anderson has brought the Scot's first team almost on a par with Chelsea's.

But as veteran comedian Frank Carson may say, "It's the way he moulds them."
Verdict: Anything less than two trophies would be a failure, although he won't be sacked for winning just one.
Sack Rating: 1/10

GARETH SOUTHGATE - Middlesbrough

Completing a permanent deal for Jonathan Woodgate is a huge bonus for Southgate, who does not have a squad to be challenging for Europe.

In fact it's likely his side will be dragged into a bit of a struggle at the other end - if Tuncay Sanli proves to be an adequate replacement for Mark Viduka then they may avoid that scenario.

Verdict: Another tricky year but Boro will stick with Southgate if things get tough.

Sack Rating: 5/10

SAM ALLARDYCE - Newcastle

"Big Sam's" summer plans have not gone as smoothly as he had hoped for.
The Michael Owen issue has been resolved, for now, but new owner Mike Ashley has not been as forthcoming with the 'readies' as both Allardyce and the fans had hoped for.

If the manager avoids the injury crisis that blighted Glenn Roeder then it should be a successful season for the Magpies - but that's a big if.

Verdict: Newcastle fans will not want another mediocre season so the pressure will be on Allardyce.

Sack Rating: 5/10

HARRY REDKNAPP - Portsmouth

Harry Redknapp loves signing players and he has not bucked the trend in the close season.

David Nugent and Sulley Muntari are the pick of the buys and it is likely Redknapp will once again enjoy a comfortable season with the South Coast club.

Verdict: Harry's transformed the club so there's unlikely to be any P45 chat.

Sack Rating: 3/10

STEVE COPPELL - Reading

Reading are certainly not cash rich and it will be interesting to see whether their lack of movement in the transfer market affects a side that fought so valiantly last season under the leadership of Coppell.

Coppell said he was happy for the Royals to retain their Premiership status - he will probably be happier if they did so again after the next campaign.

Verdict: Coppell has done a great job so far so his job is secure.

Sack Rating: 4/10

ROY KEANE - Sunderland

Keane had a remarkable debut season as manager when he guided Sunderland to the promised land.

Although the former Manchester United favourite has not made any big-name signings, the likes of Kieran Richardson and Michael Chopra may give his side the edge over other teams on their level.

Verdict: Keane's Premiership experience will be vital for the Black Cats.

Sack Rating: 3/10

MARTIN JOL - Tottenham

Another seemingly bottomless money-pit side are Spurs.

Manager Jol's company credit card appears not to have reached its limit with Darren Bent, Younes Kaboul and Gareth Bale all coming to White Hart Lane in multi-million pounds deals.

His teams do play exciting football, but will that be enough to break into the top four? I doubt it.

Verdict: Not many people inside and outside Spurs dislike the big man.

Sack Rating: 2/10

ALAN CURBISHLEY - West Ham

Thanks largely to a young man called Carlos, "Curbs" kept the Hammers up on his return to management.

This season his Icelandic boss has realised that another season fighting against relegation needs to be avoided at all costs, and those costs happen to be financial.

The Hammers have spent a net sum of about £10m (not counting the undisclosed fees) and Curbishley has taken the gamble of bringing in Craig Bellamy who has had his share of ups and downs - to put it mildly.

Verdict: Curbishley has spent big and faces pressure to produce a team that can challenge at the top end of the table.

Sack Rating: 5/10

CHRIS HUTCHINGS - Wigan

Wigan narrowly avoided relegation, but Paul Jewell said enough was enough.
Up stepped Hutchings who went on to make the error-prone defender Titus Bramble his first signing - not one to win over the fans.

The manager's survival may depend on how well star signing Jason Koumas performs in attack.

Verdict: Hutchings could be this season's Dowie.

Sack Rating: 7/10
 

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I say Sammy Lee will be going first - Bolton are very used to doing very good with Sam Allardyce - but Sammy Lee is not as good as him......they always get close to qualifying for Europe but I dont think they will go close now - Bye Bye Sammy !!
 

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Too hard to call really. Maybe Southgate if his team does very badly in the first two months. Possibly Sven if Man City don't start winning...
 

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i voted sammy lee for the pure fact he is know where near big sams capabilities. i dont know a lot about lee but when i look at the man i get that feeling of, you dont look like a premiership manager and who the hell are you.
 

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Clarky101 said:
i voted sammy lee for the pure fact he is know where near big sams capabilities. i dont know a lot about lee but when i look at the man i get that feeling of, you dont look like a premiership manager and who the hell are you.
lol i get that feeling aswel :D


p.s. i like your sig
 

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I accidently voted for Sanchez, he will be second to go, Hutchings will be first. Poor bloke :( Just start Josip Skoko and you'll be okay though.
 

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It has to be Chris Hutchings. Wigan are one of the favourites for the drop and I don't see Hutchings being the man to save them.
 

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Hopefully Wenger two seasons with no silverware and the press still love him but this is wishful thinking ,most likely sammy lee for being short .
 

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deffo sammy lee for me
the guys a coach not a manager and he will come unstuck
in the 1st game of the season he went for a 4-4-2 he wants to ditch big sams style of play (big mistake)
the only reason bolton were so good under big sam is because he played to there strentgh
 

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How is Hutchings gonna keep his job? He's a goner for sure, definately before Xmas. If i was Dave Whelan i would've sacked him for making Melchiot captain!
 

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:D lol agree, top 4 my azz more like bottom 4 the way they are defending
I dont understand why he spends a stupid amount on Darren Bent, when he has such good strikers already and ONE half decent defender.
 
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