The merry go round of Premiership managers was once again operationalised today as Mick McCarthy headed through the Molineux exit door, following his sides 5-1 humiliation at the hands of local rivals West Brom.
Despite gaining Wolves promotion and keeping them there, slipping into the relegation zone on goal difference has been enough to spring Steve Morgan into action.
The end of McCarthy’s 5 and a half year reign in the Molineux hot spot will serve as a reminder, if one was needed, to those Premiership managers who remain that Job Security is uncertain at best.
With this mind, thoughts will inevitably now turn to speculating who will be next to recive their P45.
Here’s a list of 5 potential candidates the bookmakers at least believe to be at risk: Odds courtesy of Paddy Power
Andre Villas- Boas 6/4
Very publicly set a minimum target of maintaining Champions League football at Stamford Bridge for next season, AVB’S season objectives are beginning to get away from him. Chelsea currently sit outside of a Champions League place in 5th position and Newcastle are only a point behind them.
Rumours are already rife of the usually ruthless Abramovich beginning to lose patience, demonstrated by his increasingly regular appearance at training. If Chelsea fall any further behind in the race for 4th Roman could soon by making the trip to Cobham to hand Villas-Boas his cards.
Owen Coyle 5/1
Despite leading the Trotters to an incredible 8th place finish last season, things have not gone to plan at the Reebok this season. Coyle’s men have struggled to make it out of the relegation zone all season and only Wigan sit below them at the moment. A run of form may be needed quickly to prevent Phil Gartside from wielding the axe in a bid to avoid a slip through the Premiership trapdoor.
Alex McLeish 7/1
The appointment of the former Birmingham manager caused instant uproar amongst Villa fans, and just 6 wins in 25 games has done little to ease tensions in the midlands. One saving grace for McLeish may be Randy Lerner’s increasing disinterest in football as he appears more eager to focus on financial rather than footballing success.
Steve Kean 9/1
Many football fans, most notably inhabitants of Ewood Park, are amazed to find this Glaswegian still in a job. But it appears that Venky’s intend to stand by their man, as even extened spells in the relegation zone accompanied by wide spread fan protest have had little impact on Blackburn’s Indian owners. The footballing naivety of Venky’s, highlighted by their omission of being unaware that relegation occurred in the Premiership, may see them remain loyal to Kean through sheer ignorance no matter what the cost. However their is always the possibility that supporter pressure will eventually force Blackburn’s hapless owners into action.
Arsene Wenger 50/1
The sacking of Wenger may seem unlikely, even unimaginable to some but the outbursts of supporters at recent games highlights that all is not well at the Emirates. As Arsenal approach 7 years without a trophy some on the board may begin to share their supporters frustrations. Admittedly this is a long shot but at odds of 50/1 may be worth a flutter.
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