Premier League sack race: Pressure mounts on top flight managers

Marco Silva and Mauricio Pochettino are two of the Premier League managers who currently find themselves under intense scrutiny

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The Premier League is a cut-throat business, with managers constantly under intense pressure to deliver positive results.

Two or three defeats often sparks speculation that the manager is set to be axed, particularly around clubs where expectations run at unrealistic levels.

According to this research, the Premier League sees an average of 6.3 sackings per season – highlighting the difficulties faced by all top flight managers.

December has the highest amount of dismissals, largely due to the fact that clubs want to make a fresh appointment before the transfer window opens the following month.

Read on as we look at the managers currently under the most pressure in the Premier League.

Marco Silva – Everton

A 2-0 victory over West Ham United on Saturday eased some of the pressure on Silva, although he remains the favourite to be the next manager to leave his post.

Everton had lost their previous four matches, but they produced a dominant display against the Hammers that belied their league position.

Defending set pieces has been a major problem for Everton under Silva and that is an issue he needs to address if he’s to avoid being sacked.

Mauricio Pochettino – Tottenham Hotspur

It seems unthinkable that Pochettino could be under pressure after guiding Spurs to the Champions League Final last season, but that is the position he finds himself in at the moment.

Spurs have won just three games out of 12 in all competitions this season, sparking plenty of talk about Pochettino’s future.

The Argentinian is unlikely to be short of offers if he does leave Spurs, but it is doubtful that the North London club would pull the trigger.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer – Manchester United

Solskjaer’s first full season in charge of United has seen the club get off to their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign.

However, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has insisted that Solskjaer is a long-term appointment and will be given time to rebuild the team.

Whether he would stick to that if United miss out on the Champions League is up for debate, but Solskjaer is likely to at least make it through to the end of the season.

Quique Sanchez Flores – Watford

Watford are not adverse to changing their manager and Quique Sanchez Flores must already be worried after failing to spark a revival in the team’s fortunes.

Flores returned for his second spell in charge after Watford sacked Javi Gracia at the start of September, but the club remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.

With home games to come against Bournemouth and Chelsea, the 54-year-old could come under increasing pressure over the next few weeks.

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