Nervous times for struggling managers

Nervous times for struggling managers

We are only in September but already 11 managers in English football have moved on, most of them sacked including three in the Premier League.

That number is likely to increase soon. The highest toll has been in the Championship with four sackings while there has been just one in League One and three in League Two.

Brendan Rodgers is under huge pressure at Leicester City, who are rock bottom of the Premier League with just one point.

However, like Steve Cooper at second from bottom Nottingham Forest, Rodgers has considerable goodwill at his club for his past efforts which may explain why the owners are reluctant to wield the axe.

After being hammered 6-2 by Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, Rodgers vowed he wouldn't quit and praised the owners for their "great support."

Interestingly, Leicester's next match is against Forest at King Power Stadium on Oct 3. Two jobs could be on the line at that game.

Bookmakers also believe Ralph Hasenhuttl's days at Southampton are numbered. Much has been written about how Graham Potter will get on at Chelsea after Thomas Tuchel's sudden sacking.

Potter's first match was a disappointing home draw in the Champions League against Salzburg.

Only time will tell if he has made a wise move or if it turns out to be one that he regrets after his success at Brighton.

Chelsea could be in for a tough season and hopefully American owner Todd Boehly will leave Potter to get on with it and not put pressure on the manager if things don't go well.

One of the more intriguing appointments is that of Roberto De Zerbi who has taken over from Potter at Brighton.

It would be fair to say few fans knew this 43-year-old Italian but he has an interesting background.

He had been enjoying a successful spell as manager of Shakhtar Donetsk who were top of the Ukraine league when the Russians invaded and the season was abandoned.

He had previously won much praise with the small Italian club Sassuolo who he took to successive eighth place finishes in Serie A.

De Zerbi could not have asked for a sterner test than he faces in the coming weeks with his first game as Seagulls boss away to Liverpool on Oct 1 followed by a visit from Spurs the following week.

Seagulls owner Tony Bloom has no doubt the Italian is the man for the job noting "Roberto's teams play an exciting and courageous brand of football."

He will need all the courage he can muster for those first two games.

Bournemouth's Scott Parker was booted out after a 9-0 humiliation to Liverpool but interim manager Gary O'Neil has done remarkably well since with an away win at Nottingham Forest and draws against Newcastle and Wolves.

After the Cherries held Newcastle, Magpies boss Eddie Howe said Bournemouth were "very well coached tactically" which is high praise for O'Neil.

In the Championship, two recent dismissals have been Steve Morison at Cardiff City and Huddersfield's Danny Scholfield who had only been at the club for 75 days.

The Terriers' owners were not satisfied with Scholfield's record of just one win and a draw in their first nine games leaving them 23rd in the table.

At Cardiff, Morison lost five of the first 10 games with the Bluebirds leaving the club in 18th place.

Earlier in the season in a surprise move Alex Neil resigned at Sunderland and joined Stoke City shortly after the Potters had sacked Michael O'Neill.

The only League One casualty so far has been former Leeds and Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who resigned after his Burton Albion side had only won one point after the first seven matches.

Under new Tunisian manager Dino Maamria, the Brewers enjoyed their first win of the season last Saturday winning 2-0 away to Exeter.

A poor start to the season was enough to see three managers get the axe in League Two including the gaffers at the bottom two clubs Rochdale and Hartlepool and fourth from bottom Colchester United.

If it's tough at the top, it's even tougher at the bottom.

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