The 2022/22 Premier League season is only a few matchweeks old but there have already been two managerial casualties.
Following a disastrous start, which included three defeats across four matches, Scott Parker was shown the door at Bournemouth days after suffering a humiliating 9-0 loss at Liverpool.
Given the chaotic nature of football management, Parker wasn’t going to be the only head coach to lose his job this season, and lo and behold Thomas Tuchel soon followed his dismissal. Three losses across Chelsea’s opening seven matches, coupled with indifferent performances despite the club spending heavily, saw the German tactician relieved of his duties.
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Third Premier League manager to go: who are the favourites?
Although we are only at the start of the Premier League season; Scott Parker and Thomas Tuchel have already lost their jobs, and there are a few other managers whose jobs aren’t so secure.
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Is Brendan Rodgers’ time up?
What’s going on at Leicester? The summer transfer window has come and gone with the Foxes signing two players while losing Wesley Fofana and Kasper Schmeichel to Chelsea and Nice, respectively.
Sure, they have a pretty decent squad and should do better than last year with a clean bill of health, but they were already showing signs of stagnation in 2021/22 and head coach Brendan Rodgers knows he is walking on thin ice with one point from their opening seven matches of the season.
“I will always fight on, but I understand the game and six straight losses isn’t good for anyone,” he said after their 6-2 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham.
“But I thought we really dominated the game, especially in the first half, but once the first goal went in there was maybe a wee sense of deja-vu for the players but they kept fighting and showing their spirit.”
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s troubles
Southampton haven’t had the best of starts to the season but there are a lot of teams in worse positions than them. However, that hasn’t stopped Ralph Hasenhuttl’s odds of being the next Premier League manager sacked dropping.
At the weekend, Hasenhuttl was 16/1 to be the next manager to go, even after Southampton’s defeat to Aston Villa but he has now dropped to 7/4 with only Rodgers more fancied to be sacked next.
Saints are currently 14th in the Premier League with two wins, one draw and four defeats from their opening seven matches, beating Leicester and Chelsea. However, Southampton have been unable to build on the victory over the Blues, losing to Wolves and then Aston Villa, both by 1-0 scorelines. Perhaps it’s the international break which gives teams more time to search for a replacement, or something going on behind the scenes, but it all might not be well at Southampton.
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Wolves’ woes has Lage in danger
Bruno Lage had a tough task of following on from Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves but he achieved a respectable 10th-placed finish in his maiden Premier League campaign. This year, however, things haven’t been going well. The aforementioned win over Southampton is Wolves’ only victory of the Premier League season, with the Midlands club sitting just outside the relegation zone.
That win has been accompanied by three draws and three defeats, with Wolves beaten by Manchester City, Tottenham and Leeds. Goals have been a big problem for Wolves this season, only scoring three times in their seven matches so far and failing to find the net four times. Injuries have played their part in that, though, and Lage is hopeful Diego Costa can remedy the issues when up to speed.
“When you don’t score goals, it’s a worry,” Lage said recently.
“That’s why we have these three strikers but unfortunately no-one is available to play. Even City are so strong but understand they need a reference in the box to score goals. If Man City can play really well without a striker, for us it’s more important to have that man.
“Raul didn’t do pre-season. When he came he played three games in a row because we didn’t have any solutions. After the Bournemouth game he cannot play because he was so tired and with his problem.
“We put Sasa in the game and he just played 45 minutes. After that, we talked with Diego to come but he needs time.
“We need to find different solutions. It’s hard to have three strikers like we have and have no-one available.”