The new season is now in full swing across and with managers and coaches continuing to feel the pressure, it has been a particularly busy few weeks on the managerial-merry-go-round. Chairmen have been getting nervous, while fans have been venting their fury which has led to a number of gaffers walking the plank just two months in to the new season.
It has been a particularly bumpy month for managers in the Championship with a number of them finding themselves out of work after struggling at the start of the season. Felix Magath was finally put out of his misery at Fulham on September the 18th with the German paying the price for a shocking start to the season at Craven Cottage. The German came under increasing pressure in west London as Fulham struggled following their relegation while the former Premier League club are yet to replace him on a permanent basis, although Kit Symons has done a good job since taking the reins temporarily and remains a candidate
Another name mentioned in dispatches for the Fulham job is that of Billy McKinley who is another manager who has endured a bumpy few weeks. McKinley took over from Oscar Garcia at Watford last month, only to be sacked just eight days later with the owners clearly having a change of heart. McKinley will now be hoping to get straight back into work at Fulham, while Watford are on their fourth boss in just a matter of days with former Chelsea player Slavisa Jokanovic now in place at Vicarage Road.
Other gaffers to have been axed in the Championship include Dougie Freedman who paid the price for a poor start to the season at Bolton. The Trotters are rooted to the bottom of the table with just one win to their name and the likes of Chris Hughton, Tony Mowbray and Phil Brown have all been linked with the hot seat at the Macron Stadium over the past few days.
There has also been plenty of movement down on the League One Managerial merry-go-round with several Managers queuing up for their P45’s at the moment. Russell Slade left his long term job at Leyton Orient last month as he stepped up a League to take over at Cardiff City in the Championship after they gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the elbow.
Russ Wilcox is the most recent gaffer to face the boot in League One having been shown the door as Scunthorpe boss on the 8th October. Wilcox led the Iron to promotion from League Two last season but having lost eight of their opening 11 matches In League One, Wilcox has paid the ultimate price for that poor run of form. A number of names have mentioned with the vacancy at Scunthorpe with Tony Mowbray also well backed in the betting for this job along with the likes of David O’Leary and Micky Adams, who himself left Port Vale recently and has plenty of experience on his side.
We are now well into October and although it has been a bloodbath for managers in the Football League, we are still yet to see our first Premier League gaffer take the high jump. Tony Pulis left Crystal Palace just before the start of the new campaign but surely it is only a matter of time before we see the next Manager leave from the top flight. Alan Pardew looks particularly vulnerable at Newcastle after their poor start to the season with the fans desperate to see the back of the former Southampton and Reading Manager.
Mike Ashley has shown no sign of sacking Pardew yet though which could mean that Harry Redknapp is also falling under the microscope at QPR. They have been in very poor form so far and Redknapp is odds-on favourite in the Sack Race to be the next Premier League Manager out of a job and there is no doubt that he is in dire need of a result or two over the next few weeks. Either way, it won’t be long before we see movement on the Premier League Sack Race as the pressure grows and the results become ever more important between now and Christmas.