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Manager merry-go-round: where will the top managers be next season?

The 2017/18 Premier League season has given football fans its fair share of thrills, spills, and excitement. One area of the game that seems to get more intense every year is the scrutiny that you will find managers put under. Managerial casualties this season in the English top flight already include Ronald Koeman, Mark Hughes and Slaven Bilić.

Though this is especially true for teams at the wrong end of the league, you will also see the big-name managers of the top teams also come under the spotlight.

Mourinho’s Manchester woes

On the face of it, you would think that a top name such as José Mourinho would not be under pressure with his team currently sitting in second place. However, this is not the case, though it seems like it may be a personal dissatisfaction with Premier League life that could see him move on from Old Trafford.

It must also be noted that fans of the Red Devils are not impressed with being a huge 12 points behind their rivals Manchester City, who top the table, as well as Mourinho’s pragmatic style of play.

When you add to this the fact that rumours of a switch to Paris Saint-Germain to finish his managerial career were seemingly hinted at in comments from himself, then it might be a case that Mourinho will be the first to hop on the merry-go-round.

Wenger’s Arsenal continue to frustrate

Another top managerial name who is not enjoying this season so far is Arsène Wenger. The Arsenal manager was already under scrutiny from fans over his team’s lack of a challenge for the Premier League title in recent years. What is especially damning is that it is the same problem for the Gunners every year – lack of consistency.

Many Arsenal fans have got fed up with waiting for Wenger to address this weakness and want him out. He’s not getting any younger, and he might just decide come the summer that it’s not worth all the hassle.

Could Pochettino walk away?

Another top-name manager who may decide that a change is in order could be Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino. While there have been no comments from club or manager to back this up, you wonder how long he will stay at a club that promises much but, in terms of titles, delivers so little. Currently lying in fifth place and almost 20 points behind the leaders, it has not been as good a season so far as in previous years.

If this continues, you could argue that the Spurs boss may feel that he has taken this team as far as he can and will want to move on for a new challenge in summer 2018.

Is Conte also feeling the pressure?

The last big-name manager who could hop on the managerial merry-go-round is Chelsea’s Antonio Conte. As with Pochettino, there have been no official murmurings to back this up, but on the season to date, it would not surprise you.

Conte’s spat with Mourinho may have soured the Premier League for him and also be evidence of a dissatisfaction with life in England. After winning the Premier League title last year, this season has not been plain sailing to date. Currently lying in fourth and well behind the leaders on points, Conte may feel that his time in England is coming to an end.

Does changing managers affect a team?

There is no doubt that rumors of switching bosses can seriously affect a team’s performance. This can be for the better or worse, of course! It could perk up a team who dislike the current manager or provide an unwelcome distraction to the players on the pitch. Whichever way it goes, if there is talk of a managerial change, then you will usually see a reaction from the players.

Of course, all this unrest is reflected in terms of the odds that you may get from backing a team to win. News of this type is factored in by bookmakers to the prices offered, and you can take full advantage of this when betting online. The key is to look out for the best-value odds based on what you think will happen in a game. The beauty is that anything can happen and you can keep informed by checking sites such as Stakers.com to keep up with the rumors around the manager.

Change in football is constant

There is an old saying that goes: “The only thing constant in life is change.” This is especially true in Premier League football where the thirst for success drives change. Though it is not certain if any of the above managers will actually move on this season, it will be interesting to see how it all pans out.

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