New Season, And A New Sack Race

August 13, 2013 - Posted by

Last season witnessed a record number of managers leave the English football league.

League Managers’ Association chairman Richard Bevan expressed his embarrassment at the number of managers and coaches ousted in the 2012-2013 season, which totaled 103. The concept of legacy seems lost in modern football, and with Sir Alex Ferguson now retiring, Arsene Wenger is flying the flag for stamina.

It might be a sad indictment of the modern game, but owners such as Roman Abramovich will argue that a ruthless replacement policy heralds success. Roberto Di Matteo was ousted last season despite winning the Champions League, and Chelsea went on to secure a Europa League triumph under Rafa Benitez

The ‘sack race’, conceived by British bookmakers, is now a staple of soccer speculation.

This Premiership season sees Newcastle manager Alan Pardew start as favourite after a summer of ruptures: Joe Kinnear’s controversial appointment as director of football, and Papiss Cisse’s refusal to train as a protest against the Wonga shirt sponsor.

After a barren, trophy-less spell at Arsenal and a so-far unsuccessful attempt to prize Luis Suarez from Liverpool, Arsene Wenger could also be close to an exit. Arsenal insist that there’s money to spend, but the failed pursuit of Higuain left Arsenal fans disillusioned with the veteran Frenchman.

Mourinho is also tipped to make a shock exit on the basis of his fractious past with owner Abramovich.

Out of the newly promoted clubs, Malky Mackay is a surprise favourite. In spite of his heroics last season, Cardiff might be looking for a more stellar name to cement their Premiership status.

Outside of the domestic club scene, most pressure is on England’s Roy Hodgson. A failure to navigate England through the Autumn World Cup qualifiers is certain to see the former Liverpool and West-Brom man out of a job.


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