Under Pressure: Three managers already feeling the heat in the Premier League

Not a day goes by it seems without a Premier League manager, or any other football manger for that fact, coming under pressure. 

Four games into this season was enough for Watford to dispense of Javi Gracia, the manager who, only in May, had led The Hornets to a first FA Cup final in three decades. 

Like it or not, instant success is the name of the game. A bad run of results and the scrutiny on the man in the dugout becomes that bit more intense.

Ahead of this weekend’s next round of Premier League fixtures, we highlight three under pressure managers under the spotlight and in real need of some points.

Marco Silva

An encouraging end to the previous campaign followed by a summer of solid recruitment meant Everton were the pre-season tip of many to potentially break into the top six.

Having had twelve months to imprint his style and philosophy, and mould his own team, it was thought The Toffees would now kick on under Marco Silva.

However, a less than inspiring start has left many an Evertonian scratching their head and asking whether the Portuguese is the right man. It’s not just three defeats in six but, even in victory, the lack of gusto throughout the team has been evident. 

Two defeats on-the-trot could quickly become three and four with the visit of Manchester City followed by a tough assignment at in-form Burnley before the October international break. 

Now online gambling in the US is legal, you can of course wager on Everton’s fortunes. Will Silva turn things around? Unlikely according to the sportsbooks for whom Silva heads the list of managers most likely to next get the bullet.

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

What is the problem at Tottenham? Moving in to their brand new stadium and reaching a first ever Champions League final was viewed as the start of a whole new era for Spurs.

But the club’s failure to move on several wantaway players during the summer has left Pochettino with an unharmonious group clearly not pulling in the same direction.

4 wins from their last 17 tells it’s own story as does an awful domestic record away from home where their last success came at Fulham, in January. 

This week’s cup exit to League Two Colchester extended the club’s wait for a trophy to eleven years. Is the clock ticking for Poch to put some much needed silverware on the table?

Back-to-back home games in the days ahead will bring some comfort to the Argentinian. If you think they’ll get back on track with three much needed points, head over to FanDuel for some of the best value Premier League odds.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

It didn’t take long for the clouds to start gathering over Old Trafford. The 4-0 thumping of Chelsea on the opening weekend seems an age ago with Man United having stuttered to a single Premier League victory and a League Cup win via penalties since.

Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have helped shore up the backline. But goals at the end are at a premium right now – United have scored one goal or less in all but one of their eight games in all competitions so far.

An injury crisis up top further reduces United’s attacking capacity, a factor that’ll see many back a low scoring affair when Arsenal visit on Monday evening. Pop along to DraftKings to do the same.

As ever, the club’s shortcomings continue to be the source of much debate, along with the manager, Solskjaer, whose lack of managerial experience continues to be picked up on.

However, as much as OGS needs an improvement in results and performance, there’s a realisation the rebuild required will take a couple of years. At least. Seeing him dismissed this early on would be a shock.

Written by Dinesh

Co-founder soccersouls.com

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