The Premier League is known for being the most lucrative league in world football. Just one season in the English top tier is worth nine figures.
Consequently, the stakes are immensely high. Results matter more than anything else. One poor run of form could be the end of any manager.
During last season, ten managers were sacked. Watford’s Xisco Munoz was the first to go, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal at Manchester United was the most high-profile.
Who will be our first departing boss this season? Let’s take a look. You can also check out our detailed Premier League season previews for all 20 teams.
At this moment in time, Everton boss Frank Lampard is the bookies’ favourite to be the first manager to go. He took over last season, and managed to keep his side in the top-flight following a relegation battle.
The Toffees are one of only six clubs who have participated in every single Premier League season. They don’t expect to be near the bottom. The owners aren’t likely to be patient with Lampard – if he makes a slow start to the campaign, their fingers may be on the trigger.
Replacing a popular manager is never an easy task. Jesse Marsch is currently in that situation, taking over from Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United.
The American just about guided his team to safety on the final day of the season. This year, he’ll be expected to keep them well clear of the bottom three.
Losing Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips is certain to have an impact, but Leeds have added plenty of new faces to their squad. It’s up to Marsch to get the best out of his men – his future depends on it.
So far, Marco Silva has done a good job at Fulham. He helped take the Whites back up to the top tier, lifting the Championship title in the process.
Will he be able to continue this success at a higher level? Well, his record in the Premier League isn’t exactly the most encouraging.
His first job in England was at Hull City, where he was unable to avoid the drop. After this, he was appointed at Watford, lasting just seven months. Then, he came to Everton, where he was dismissed after 18 months.
Maybe things will be different this time around. After all, his first year at Fulham was a good one. But a record like this doesn’t inspire much confidence.
From Silva, to the man that he replaced at Fulham. Scott Parker was in charge of the south-west Londoners in two Premier League seasons, and failed to keep them up in either of them.
On the first occasion, he came in with ten games remaining – their fate was close to being sealed already. But for the second, he was the boss for the entire campaign, and left them 11 points adrift.
The former England midfielder succeeded in his first season at Bournemouth. But the Premier League is a completely different animal. And, having not spent much in the transfer window so far, the Cherries could be set to struggle.
Brendan Rodgers has, for the most part, done a good job at Leicester City. He’s guided them to back-to-back fifth-place finishes, and won the FA Cup.
However, the fans have begun to grow frustrated with the Northern Irishman. Last season, they dropped down to eighth place. Meanwhile, they exited the FA Cup at the hands of then-Championship side Nottingham Forest, blew a two-goal lead against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, and were eliminated from the Europa League in the group stage.
The Foxes are yet to make any new signings this summer. Maintaining the standards of before will be difficult. Consequently, this could be Rodgers’ final year at the King Power Stadium.
Antonio Conte is one of the world’s most respected managers. Throughout his coaching career, the Italian has won six league titles, including a Premier League with Chelsea in 2017.
He arrived at Tottenham Hotspur back in November, replacing Nuno Espirito Santo. It was his appointment that sparked an upturn in form that eventually saw the Lilywhites qualify for the Champions League. This summer, he’s been well backed in the market.
So why on Earth is Conte on this list? To put it simply, he’s a short-term manager. The 52-year-old has never lasted longer than three years in one job, falling out with the board in the previous two.
Will Conte be the first manager to leave this term? Probably not. However, there’s little guarantee that he’ll still be in control at the end of the season.
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