Premier League 2019/20 – What a season!
2019/20 has been a ridiculous Premier League season. Liverpool have won 34 out of 36 points with Leicester in 2nd. Wolves and Sheffield United are 5th and 6th respectively. Arsenal and Manchester United are closer to the relegation zone than the Top 4. Everton and West Ham are in a battle for survival! For the neutral, it’s been a spectacle and the next manager to be sacked is a topic on everyone’s lips...
Just before we were about to publish this, Unai Emery was relieved of his duties as Arsenal manager. Couldn’t they have waited a couple hours more for this article to go out? Either way, he’s won the ‘sack race’ as it has been labelled by the bookies. But there are still 3 managers under the cosh. Who will follow the Spaniard in leaving the Premier League?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Marco Silva, Manuel Pellegrini. All managers under intense pressure to save their jobs. Every single one is severely underperforming and it’s just a question of which board pulls the trigger. Tottenham put their foot down and sacked one of their greatest managers in the Premier League era. That’s ambition. Now, which one of these clubs will follow suit?
A two-team race to start the year between Liverpool and Man City, the odds to win the EPL title are now heavily skewed to Liverpool at 2/5, with City back at 9/4 according to My Top Sportsbooks. Despite sitting second in the table, 2016 champs Leicester at 25/1. But that’s still miles ahead of eighth-place Arsenal at 750/1. A disappointing home loss to Frankfurt in Europa League play has put another nail in the coffin of Unai Emery. As the Gunners’ skid continues, it’s looking more and more likely that newly-available Mauricio Pochettino or Wolverhampton’s Nuno Santo will be attempting to orchestrate Arsenal’s turnaround…
Emery: SACKED. Brief summary of his time in the Premier League
Following in the footsteps of Arsene Wenger was always going to be a tough task. The Spaniard’s debut season in 2018/19 ended on a sour note. A 20 game unbeaten streak, North London derby win were the highs. But the end of season collapse to miss Top 4 and humiliation in the Europa League final were much worse lows. However, fans were still patient.
This season though has been an absolute disaster for the former PSG boss. The Gunners sit in 8th with 4 wins in 13 games. The style of play is flat, the starting line ups have been suspect. He looks clueless and has definitely lost the dressing room. We did an article on Emery yesterday here if you’re interested. Fans are calling for his head, so much so, the club came out backing their manager a couple of weeks ago.
However, they demanded immediate improvements. It’s managed to get worse. As a result, they’ve severed ties with the former Sevilla boss. Some fans expected Emery to get until the end of the season, as they expected the Kroenke’s to lack ambition and take a financial hit. £6 million it’s going to cost them. But they have finally done it, before things have got out of hand. It’ll be interesting to see who the replacement will be…
Solskjaer: Likelihood of sack – 45%
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure as interim manager was incredible. He somehow lifted the spirits of a deflated United side to bring them back into the Top 4 race in 2018/19. The now-notorious ‘Ole’s at the wheel!’ chants. How time flies.
The Red Devils sit 1 point behind Arsenal, in 9th place. How the mighty have fallen. The Norwegian’s inexperience has been exposed several times during his year at the helm. Questionable substitutions, persisting with players that are finished, unambitious contract renewals. Coupled with the fact he’s been given financial backing by the board, the Old Trafford faithful are not convinced he’s the man to bring back the glory days.
However, the Glazer and Woodward narrative of ‘give him time’ means we don’t think he’s likely to be dismissed. Moyes, Van Gaal and Mourinho. All were expected to hit the ground running and all failed. Running with this idea of Ole’s long term vision, despite no signs of progression, will keep some United fans on board. Though we don’t think Solskjaer should still be in the job, the Glazers lack the ambition to pull the trigger.
Silva: Likelihood of sack – 90%
Marco Silva hit the ground running in England 2 years ago. His arrival at what seemed like a doomed Hull City sparked a reaction. They were in touching distance of staying up against all odds under him. A move to Watford followed for the Portuguese, which only lasted 6 months. Yet the Pozzo family are notorious for being ruthless, so Everton gave him the benefit of the doubt…
However, it has gone horribly wrong for the Toffees and Silva. They sit in an abysmal 16th place, just 4 points above the relegation zone. Crazy to think they paid £4 million in compensation for a manager who has managed to take them backwards. Even though the style of football under Sam Allardyce was rough on the eye, at least there was stability.
Everton have fallen well short of expectations. We thought they’d be challenging for the Top 6, how wrong we were. The fans have lost patience with the former Olympiakos manager and his departure seems inevitable. Moshiri has spent far too much money to risk a relegation dog fight with a manager, who is failing to inspire a group of talented players. As a result, this one seems a given at 90%. Only a question of when and who replaces him.
Pellegrini: Likelihood of sack – 85%
West Ham resemble Everton in many ways. Two clubs that are ambitious, have spent money and want progression. Unfortunately, they’re also both similar in the way of being in a relegation battle. Just sadly isn’t working for either of them.
The Hammers, unlike the Toffees, appointed a proven Premier League manager. A Premier League WINNING manager in Manuel Pellegrini. But many believe he underachieved at Manchester City considering the squad and finances he had. It’s beginning to show at the London Stadium.
17th in the table, 3 points above Norwich in 18th. It’s been a shocking run of form for the Chilean’s team. Attacking wise, they look great. Haller seems like an amazing signing, Anderson is electric, Antonio is a beast. But defensively, they are a shambles. Pellegrini can’t organise a defence and the side, despite the potential, have been awful. But his C.V and reputation might just keep him in London for that little bit longer, hence the 85% compared to Marco Silva’s 90%. Still, it’s not looking good.
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