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It’s a Bleak Midwinter for Premier League Managers

Who else will feel the cold steel of the managerial axe this winter?

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Christmas tis the season to be jolly, but this is not necessarily the case for a number of Premiership managers.

The chairmen at Newcastle and Blackburn ensured that it would be a not so merry Christmas for Chris Hughton and Sam Allardyce after they were dismissed in way that many have condemned as being harsh and unfair.

Another manager whose future looks as promising as a Christmas turkey is Avram Grant, after having been given an ultimatum in which he will be sacked if he fails to secure a win in one of the relegation threatened side’s next three games.

But it isn’t just mangers of teams at the bottom of the Premiership who are starting to feel the heat as Carlo Ancelotti has admitted ‘Obviously I am under pressure because I’d like Chelsea to win every game. The coach is in trouble when the team doesn’t produce results’.

Ancelotti’s Chelsea side looked as though they had the season wrapped up with an impressive start to the season that took them five points clear at the top of the Premiership, but have since suffered a severe slump in form.

Chelsea have since slipped down to fourth in the table and are without a win in five Premier League games, which has led to speculation over Ancelotti’s future at Stamford Bridge

The next two games against fellow title contenders Manchester United and Arsenal could go along way to either restoring or further reducing faith in Ancelotti’s ability to retain the Premiership crown.

Ancelotti is said to still have the full support of Chelsea Chairman Roman Abramovich, but the Russian is known for being ruthless with his dismissal of staff as the likes of Claudio Ranieri, Avram Grant, Luis Phllipe Scolari and Ray Wilkins know all too well.

A manager lasting more than two seasons is a rare occurrence these days at Stamford Bridge.

Could Ambramovich be getting an itchy trigger finger result in Ancelotti getting the sack this Christmas?

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