Premier League managers are always under pressure to perform and under the spotlight from their board but currently there are a handful of bosses who could face the sack, SportsNews Ireland’s Ryan Bailey looks at who is next to go…
Following Saturday’s loss at home to Wigan, Steve Bruce is the bookies favourite to be sacked next. Reports on Sunday evening suggested the Sunderland boss would be sacked after Bookmakers stopped taking bets on him being sacked. His side have not started the season well and with the millions that were given to Bruce for transfers, the performances have not been good enough. He signed eleven new players during the summer but despite this is side have gone down hill. He is currently 3.75 to be the next manager to be sacked.
Steve Kean is another boss under incredibly pressure. Unlike Bruce, he has had little money to work with despite the club’s new ownership. He did sign Scott Dann and Yakubu at the last minute but injuries to players such as Chris Samba and Ryan Nelsen have left a massive hole in their defence. Their recent loss at Stoke underlined their problems- they have some very good footballers but they can’t defend which ultimately will see them go down. The fans are not on Kean’s side and despite the owners publicly backing the Scot, the exit door cannot be far away for Kean. He is 1.72 to be sacked.
Owen Coyle’s Bolton had come on leaps and bounds last season after an impressive cup run which saw them get to a FA Cup semi-final and also finishing in the top ten. He signed some good players during the summer including Chris Eagles and Nigel Reo-Coker but things have not gone according to plan for the former Burnley boss. His side are currently in the bottom three with just nine points from their opening 13 Premeir League games. Things started so well for them with a 4-0 away win at QPR but ever since things haven’t gone well. He is currently 10/1 to be sacked.