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A manager is the most important figure in a football team when the going is good, he is applauded and revered, however, when things don’t go according to plan, fans don’t take much time to turn on their manager. The current Premier League 2018 season has already seen 8 casualties when it comes to the club managers being sacked. The management at these clubs felt that the manager was not meeting the required expectation and consequently, this has led to their underperformance on a consistent basis.
Here we look at the 8 managers who have been given the boot in the 2017/2018 Premier League season.
Frank de Boer
The sack race between the managers didn’t last long this Premier League season, as 47-year-old Frank de Boer was sacked by Crystal Palace just 4 games in. The timing of the sacking might have surprised a few but not those who could see Palace struggling badly, having failed to score a single goal or record a point in that run of games. The former Dutch player stayed at the club for just 77 days, but even in that short time, there were rumours of his falling out with senior squad members, something which has never helped a manager’s longevity.
After a superb start to his managerial career following the shock sacking of title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri in February last year, Shakespeare was handed a 3-year permanent contract. However, just 8 games into the new season and 6 games without a win, the club owners decided to terminate the manager’s contract and make him the second managerial casualty of the Premier League 2018 season.
Shakespeare became the first English manager to win 4 games in a row but at the time of his sacking Leicester firmly stuck in the relegation zone, something that is incomprehensible to imagine, given that they are 8th in the league right now.
The second Dutch manager to receive the sack this season, Ronald Koeman had a fantastic run with Everton over the last one and a half year. But after selling his star player Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, Koeman failed to fill the Belgian’s void up top even though he brought in English legend Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurðsson. Sitting in 18th position, with just 2 wins out of their 8 Premier League 2018 matches, the owners decided that enough was enough and gave their verdict soon after a humiliating 5-2 defeat against Arsenal.
It was clear at the end of last season that former Croatia manager Slaven Bilic was clearly struggling to bring the best out his West Ham team that had the added pressure of settling into a new stadium. However, he was given more time and resources to change the fortunes of the club, but even with the arrival of Marko Arnautovic, Chicharito, Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart in the summer, the London club struggled hugely as they won just 2 of their first 11 matches, including losing their opening 3 fixtures. A 4-1 home defeat to Liverpool was the final nail in the coffin in Premier League 2018, as the Hammers lost patience and Bilic was gone.
One of the most experienced Premier League managers, Tony Pulis did a fantastic job at West Brom last season, as the team finished at a highly respectable 10th place. However, there were rumours of discontent amongst the players and fans about his style of play, something he has had to deal with in the past.
Pulis did sign Oliver Burke, Jay Rodriguez, Kieran Gibbs, Gareth Barry, and centre-back Ahmed Hegazi in the summer but it became clear from the first game that Premier League 2018 season wasn’t going to be a comfortable one for the management and fans alike. After winning just 2 games out of their first 12 league matches, the club decided that they had seen enough and gave Pulis his marching orders as they sacked him, following a 4-0 home defeat to Chelsea in November last year.
A former assistant to Carlo Ancelotti, Clement did fantastically well as a manager after taking charge of Swansea mid-season in January 2017. He finished his first season with Swans in 15th position, 7 points clear of relegation zone. However, the summer saw quite a lot of movement of players coming in and going out from the squad, something that in hindsight might have done more damage than good.
After just 3 wins in their first 18 Premier league 2018 games, Clement and his Swansea side were rock bottom in 20th place, 4 points adrift of safety. On 20th December 2017, the club decided they had seen enough and decided that Clement would do better sacked, and replaced him with Portuguese manager Carlos Carvalhal.
Probably the most shocking sacking of this season, Mark Hughes had done a brilliant job with the Stoke City after taking over from Tony Pulis, whose playing style was far from popular amongst the fans. Hughes helped the Potters finish 9th on the table for 4 consecutive seasons before a 13th place finish in the 2016-2017 season. Despite the sale of Marko Arnautovic, the summer transfer window saw players like Kevin Wimmer, Kurt Zouma, Bruno Martins Indi, Darren Fletcher, Josh Tymon, and loanee Jese arriving at the club.
However, Hughes failed to replicate the performances of the last few seasons, as he lost his last 5 matches which pushed the side into the drop zone of the Premier League 2018. But the breaking point came hours after Stoke’s defeat to League One side Coventry City in the FA Cup third round, leading to Hughes getting sacked.
Marco Silva was one of the managers who were very much in demand. Particularly, for Marco, it was following the relegation of his previous club Hull City in the 2016-2017 Premier League season. The Portuguese manager decided to join Watford in an hope of turning them into a regular Premier League finishing in the top half positions. However, with Koeman being sacked by Everton, the Merseyside club looked towards Silva, and many say that the interest shown by Everton at the point was what led to massive distractions as the club won just one match out of Silva’s last 11 matches.
With Watford in 10th place, just 4 points adrift of 18th position and in real danger of slipping further down. The owners decided to take action and Marco Silva became the second manager to be sacked in Premier League 2018.