The CaughtOffside team predicts which Premier League boss will face the sack first.
Who the CaughtOffside writers believe will face the sack first.
Alan Irvine at West Brom. Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace has been quite trigger happy in recent years, and if Irvine struggles in the first half of the season, neither Peace or the fans will be particularly forgiving.
Sam Allardyce – Something of a no brainer, it’s hard to come up with many reasons why he’s starting the season in the job when you consider the attitude most West Ham fans, and even officials have toward him. They will need to get off to an outstanding start this season for Big Sam to avoid the sack.
Sam Allardyce. David Gold has already been ‘accidentally’ suggesting he wants Allardyce out on Twitter and any excuse and the 59-year-old will be on his way, with only a very strong start from the Hammers likely to save him.
Paul Lambert. Rarely have I seen a manager who clearly dislikes managing so much. Some poor results, some more moaning, and he’ll be out!
One of the newly-promoted managers seems a good bet, although I might go for Alan Pardew, who has been fortunate enough as it is to survive for this long at Newcastle United.
One of the promoted managers. They always panic and sack their bosses when things don’t go well.
Sam Allardyce – It’s almost as though the board is just waiting for ‘Big Sam’ to do ‘just enough’ to warrant a sacking. A few early defeats and he’ll be gone. The Hammers start with two London derbies…
Sam Allardyce and Alan Irvine are already pretty unpopular. Big Sam is often criticised by his own people for endorsing an unattractive brand of football, while Irvine’s appointment did not impress many Baggies fans, who saw him as a cheap alternative to Tim Sherwood. Either of those could go early, but I fancy Gus Poyet as a long shot. He’s a very emotional character and I feel that the Sunderland circus could tip him over the edge at any point.
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