It’s not an amateurish job to take over a team in the world’s most competitive football league; many have succeeded with elegance whereas a fair number of managers failed to cope up with the pressure. Here we discuss about the managers who are finding themselves at the edge of the cliff right now in the season –
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1. Alan Pardew (Newcastle United)
Currently the second longest serving manager in Premier League, Alan Pardew, has found his team right at the bottom of Premier League table. He is in charge of the Magpies’ from 2010-11 winter phase. Though he was the running force behind the club’s first European league experience, for which he won the Premier League manager of the season award in 2011-12, he now stands in a drastic phase of his career where everything is going wrong. He invested a lot in the summer securing as many as 9 signings but the investments did not pay off in crunch time. The fans displayed banners saying ‘Pardew Out‘ in the last game against Southampton and the social media is getting flooded with ‘ #pardewout ‘ tags. In this scenario, the owners opted to keep faith on him but had the result been poorer in future, the English manager, known for controversial gestures and comments, will have to face the sack sooner or later.
History: Pardew had been sacked twice, once from West Ham United in 2006 and Southampton in 2010.
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2. Alan Irvine (West Bromwich Albion)
Here is another Alan, but this time it’s not Pardew but Irvine, a Scottish manager who is in some trouble regarding his team’s performances this season. The Baggies’ attackers failed to strike in their last 3 Premier League encounters with the shaky defence conceding more than they can eat up. If the story continues in such manner, the club will have to fight the battle of avoiding regulation at the other half of the season and it will be no surprise if the Scot loses his job. Moreover, his contract lasts only for 12 months but his progress suggests that his marriage with Premier League will soon be over before completion.
History: He had also been sacked twice, once from Preston North end in 2009 and Sheffield Wednesday in 2011.
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3. Gus Poyet (Sunderland)
The Uruguyan manager saved his team from being relegated last season with some last-minute tactical masterpieces. But the team, that beat Chelsea and drew with City last time around, is not clearly showing the same impact this time around. The team is yet to clinch a win and suffered a loss to a subdued Queens Park Rangers side. Though he has two years left at his contract, a relegation from Premier League may cost his job.
History: After four years of managerial stint at Brighton, he was sacked in 2013.
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4. Sean Dyche (Burnley)
The former English professional footballer is a relatively new face in managerial arena. He is having a quiet maiden stint at a top flight league like Premier League. The main problem again is his side failed to find the back of the net in last three clashes. Though the defensive display was quite strong, to withstand with the tough challenges of Premier League, the side needs to score. He was the mastermind behind Burnley’s promotion to Premier League but he has to show a lot of character to stay alive in it.
History: He was not really sacked before but lost is job after a change of ownership at Watford. He had managed only one club before. So, he lacks experience.