The next on the chopping block

Here at The Sports Buff, we are very much pro give a manager time to arrest a slump that his team is suffering on the pitch. This year’s Premier League season is barely six games old, but unfortunately, it’s time to type out the annual football managers who are in danger of the sack.

Managers in the firing line is something that rival fans will revel in, but in reality, it can be a horrible experience to endure. My dad, who of course I will say is my hero (he really is), gave some good insight and made a statement, which hit the hammer on the head.

‘Football managers will get sacked even if the players don’t play well. A simple statement, but it’s so true. Look at Manchester United, for example, the Red Devils were struggling for an authoritative voice in the dugout, but now arguably have it in the form of Erik Ten Haag.

As the former Ajax man is getting his ideas across, the performances and results of Manchester United have improved. From achieving an unwanted record (losing the first two leagues for the first time in 100 years), United sit in fifth.

Teams which are lacking direction currently (it can be argued) are Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard and Everton manager Frank Lampard.

The league standings will show that The Foxes (Leicester) are bottom of the league after their 5-2 drubbing at Brighton, with Villa (17th) and The Toffees (Everton) not much higher.

We are barely six games into the season, and there are murmurs that Gerrard’s job at Villa is under threat. The former Rangers manager who won the league title north of the border came to the Midlands with a burgeoning reputation.

Unfortunately for the former Liverpool captain, since taking the reigns at Villa Park, his win record is similar to that of Gary Neville at Valencia, which the media are keen to tell the footballing was a disaster.
Saturday’s 1-1 draw with champions Manchester City, showed that sacking Gerrard will be a decision in haste. The harsh reality is, is that Stevie G, can’t afford any more slip-ups, (yes pun intended).

A team, that has been expensively assembled, can not be battling at the lower ends of the Premier League, Wes Edens and co, didn’t put that in the budget! To stay in the Midlands.

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers, who won the FA Cup and helped them earn consecutive top-five finishes, has endured a difficult start to the current season.

Having drawn the opening game of the season, when they were in control of that game, Leicester have been on a five-game losing streak.

Throughout this difficult run, Rodgers has been admirable in the way he has addressed the lack of signings and the loss of star defender Wesley Fofana, until this week.

The former Celtic manager, who is usually calmness personified, seemed critical of the lack of signings. Such speech, lead to Scott Parker being sacked, for that reason alone Brendan Rodgers is walking the tightrope.

Results on the pitch of course have not been good enough, even the man himself will say that, but I don’t know many managers who will work in such conditions, the Leicester City job is a tough gig.

Talking of tough gigs, step forward Frank Lampard. Chelsea legend and former Chelsea boss Lampard, who only just avoided relegation with The Toffees, like Gerrard earned some respite after a spirited draw with the other member of the big two (Liverpool).

In recent seasons, not many teams have spent as Everton have, but the lack of depth upfront meant that Anthony Gordon has been playing in attack. Gordon, a product of Everton’s academy has shown promise since being introduced to the first team, but he is no forward!

If I could have started a movement, I would have done, and it would have been the #freeantrhonygordon movement, but thankfully Everton have signed Brighton frontman Neal Maupay.

Not the most prolific, but maybe the former Brentford man’s striker instincts can help players like Gray and Gordon which sounds like a solicitors firm, prosper.

Out of the three managers listed, Gerrard and Lampard are under the most pressure. For a manager to be under pressure is quite simply ridiculous, Arsenal manager Mikael Arteta was a game away from being sacked and he was trying to save his job.

The life of a football manager tends to be a short one. It’s the dream job some may argue, but the world of a football manager is tough. Be successful in your role, o it’s the staff (the players), but fail in the role, o it’s the management that’s at fault.

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