Each week my buddy Bogoljub Karic and I tune in to watch the Premier League and you can only imagine what it is like after the season has finished. In order to keep ourselves entertained during this summer lull we love nothing more than looking ahead and making some predictions for the upcoming Premier League campaign. Now neither of us are gamblers but that doesn’t stop us making some predictions for the year ahead and today we are going to take a look at the sack race, and who will be the first manager who gets fired in the coming year. We know just how quickly the chairmen are to swing the axe, and these are the managers who we think are in line to get it first.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Solskjaer came into the Manchester United fold after Jose Mourinho had a torrid time for the Red Devils. Ole was able to bring some joy to the club again and seemingly unlock the ability which his players had been hiding away. That was all well and good but when it comes to managerial talent we think that this is where Ole falls down. He had a poor campaign with Cardiff and then again with Molde, how this will miraculously turn around at United is beyond us and we think that he’ll be the first one out. United are backing Solskjaer with funds but as we have seen in the past, that means very little.
Marco Silva’s star really began to rise when he was in charge of Hull City, over achieving in an incredible way for that team. Everton eventually came calling after a brief stint at Watford which provided Silva with the perfect chance to show what he is capable of, at a team with funds and ambition. Everton have backed Silva and spent a great deal of money on players who he wanted, unfortunately the results just haven’t backed up that level of investment. We believe that Everton will be overtaken by the likes of Wolves and Leicester in the coming season and as the results start to go against the Toffees, Silva’s time will be up.
Potter may have only just taken over at Brighton & Hove Albion but we think that he is on a hiding to nothing with the Seagulls. Brighton just don’t have the players that are needed to keep them up for another season and we can’t see Potter being any better, in fact likely worse, than Chris Hughton was last season. Potter and his players will get found out very early on this year and that defensive stability which Hughton put in place will be lost. Unfortautely for Potter this is a job which he was never going to do well at which is why we believe that he will be one of the first managers to be shown the door.
Who do you think will be first?