How the Bookies See it
- Francesco Guidolin: 5/4 - Sky Bet
- Slaven Bilic: 11/4 - Sky Bet
- Mark Hughes: 5/1 - Sky Bet
- David Moyes: 7/1 - Sky Bet
- Tony Pulis: 9/1 - Sky Bet
- Aitor Karanka: 16/1 - Sky Bet
Francesco Guidolin signed a new two-year contract at Swansea in the summer, a deal that would suggest the club’s hierarchy have faith in the Italian. An opening day win at Burnley and a hard-fought point against Chelsea have been the only highlights so far, leaving fans of the South Wales club more than a little twitchy.
Slaven Bilic may have guided West Ham to a seventh-placed finish last season, but this campaign certainly has not started the way the Croat would have envisioned. Just one win from their opening five matches has seen the Hammers slide into the relegation zone and left Bilic possibly fearing for his job.
Mark Hughes looked to be sitting pretty at Stoke following a top half finish last term and a successful transfer window in which his side was strengthened considerably. However, the 52-year-old has seen his team start the season with a run of wretched results that have left the Potters floundering at the wrong end of the table.
David Moyes didn’t get his career as Sunderland manager off to the best of starts when he claimed the Black Cats faced another season battling relegation after just two games. The former Everton and Manchester United boss is expected to be given time, but the club’s board may start sharpening the axe if results don’t pick up soon.
Tony Pulis did not received the backing he would have liked in this summer’s transfer market, a situation that could see the the Welshman at loggerheads with West Brom’s new Chinese owner. Should a standoff occur, Baggies fans could be waving goodbye to their manger sooner rather than later.
Aitor Karanka may have led Middlesbrough back to the Premier League after a seven year absence, but that certainly won't make the Spaniard untouchable, especially if the Teeside club continue to slip towards the drop zone. The 43-year-old will be given time, but a run of poor results could see the Riverside faithful turn on their manager.
The season may be in its infancy, but the pressure is already starting to build for some of the managers in the league. Last season, the first managerial casualty of the season didn’t occur until October, when Brendan Rodgers paid the price for Liverpool’s stuttering start to the season. This season could see clubs act quicker, with so much at stake and every club desperate to avoid the drop.
Tony Pulis may be worth keeping an eye on as the weeks pass by. The Baggies boss wasn't fully backed in this summer's transfer market and could leave if he doesn't see eye-to-eye with the club's owner. The former Stoke manager is a reliable pair of hands, but would West Brom fans really miss his safe approach should he be sent packing from the Hawthorns?
A recent run of diabolical results have left Mark Hughes sweating on his future with Stoke. The Potters are yet to win a game and find themselves in the relegation zone after conceding 15 goals in just six games. Things will need to change at the Bet365 Stadium if Sparky is to see out the month, let alone the season.
Similarly, the future of David Moyes could now be in real doubt. Sunderland are without a league win this season and even managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in their most recent game as they surrendered a two goal lead at home to Crystal Palace. The former Everton and Manchester United boss may be new to the Stadium of Light, but that will be no excuse should the Black Cats continue to lose lives.
- Sports.net’s top tip: - David Moyes to be sacked first - 7/1 with Sky Bet
*Please note that odds may fluctuate.