The Premier League has already seen two sackings this season, Slaviša Jokanović at Fulham and Mark Hughes at Southampton.
But the sackings are nothing special, that always happens at this time of year in football; what is significant is who each club brought in as replacements.
The Cottagers appointed former Premier League winning manager Claudio Ranieri and The Saints appointed Ralph Hasenhüttl. It is the style of these managers that makes this so interesting.
Both clubs are languishing in the relegation zone in the Premier League, and clubs that have been in that position in the past have called upon the experienced managers that are famed for saving clubs from relegation. The manager that is most readily associated with this quality is Sam Allardyce. The 64-year-old has even earned himself the nickname ‘Fireman Sam’ due to his ability to rescue clubs from such a dangerous position. However, what he is not famed for is playing creative, positive football, and he subsequently never stays at a club for long.
But the appointment of Ranieri and Hasenhüttl indicates a shift away from the attitude of appointing a manager to save them, rather they have gone for more attacking managers. Ranieri has won the Premier League with a good brand of football, while the Austrian Hasenhüttl has had a huge amount of success in Germany with his style of football, even earning the moniker the ‘Austrian Klopp’.
What this does suggest is that the future may be quite bleak for the former England boss Allardyce. There seems to be a philosophical shift away from the likes of Big Sam, and it seems very unlikely that he will be able to progress.
It is just one of the realities of modern football that those that cannot keep up will be left behind, and the era of Allardyce saving the day may well be over.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!