Football Chairman and owners up and down the country appeared to ignore the season of goodwill as the Christmas period saw a multitude of sackings, five Football League managers found themselves venturing down the job centre in December and there have already been three managerial changes so far in 2013! However, all 20 bosses in the Premier League managed to avoid to wrath of the chairman, albeit with some well and truly teetering on the edge.
Paul Lambert’s tenure at Aston Villa continues to come under scrutiny and their Capital One Cup semi-final first leg defeat to LeagueTwoBradfordCity has certainly not helped his situation at the helm at Villa Park.
A crushing 8-0 defeat to Chelsea sent reverberations around the Holte End and things got no better for the Villa faithful as they were completely outclassed in a 4-0 loss to Tottenham, before Wigan Athletic heaped more pressure on Lambert with a 3-0 drubbing. Many believed that Lambert would be shown the door on the back of that trio of defeats, but the former Norwich boss vowed to fight on, but bookmakers had seen enough to slash his price in the “Next Premier League Manager To Be Sacked” market and he heads that market at Evens with Paddy Power, at the time of writing.
He may have stopped the rot with a fortunate 2-2 draw against Swansea, whilst a 2-1 victory over Ipswich in the FA Cup last weekend would’ve pleased the Scot, but their defeat against lowly Bradford has left the Valiants’ fans questioning his stewardship once again and he will need to turn things ran fairly sharpish.
Newcastle United were another side who had a woeful time over Christmas as the Magpies’ shoddy defending cost them defeats against Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton, shipping in 13 goals in the process. However, it was their pitiful performance against Brighton in the FA Cup that sent them crashing out the competition and left people debating Alan Pardew’s future at St James’s Park.
It was only September 2012 that Pardew had put pen to paper on an eight-year extension on his contract, but the passionate Geordie fans are far from impressed with their current 15th place position in the Premier League and last year’s Manager of the Year could well be looking over his shoulder in the coming weeks if results don’t improve and he is 13/2 to be shown the door next.
Brian McDermott’s task was always going to be a tough one to keep newly-promoted Reading in the Premier League, but four points out of nine and a win in the FA Cup has eased the pressure on the Royals boss in the last fortnight, but he still continues to face an uphill battle and the 9/2 currently available with Paddy Power could attract some punters.
The cut-throat business of football will always mean that Premier League managers will be constantly under threat if results start to falter, so the managerial merry-go-round will no doubt continue to rotate, with the likes of Roberto Mancini and Rafael Benitez likely to feature in a lot of column inches regarding their jobs, but it could be the bottom end of the table that sees the next gaffer handed his P45.