May 26, 2022

Eight Premier League managers have already been fired – and many more are starting to feel the heat as the season heats up.

Whether they are falling behind in the top four, sitting uncertainly on top of the bottom three or trying desperately to get out of the swamp, the pressure continues.


Rangank needs a win against Leeds to ease the pressure and bring back the smiles on the faces of Utd fans.Credit: Reuters
Bielsa's Leeds never need encouragement to beat hateful Man Utd.


Bielsa’s Leeds never need encouragement to beat hateful Man Utd.Credit: PA

Here Sunsport looks at which owners will be looking at their shoulders nervously when we get to Crunch Time.

Brendan Rogers

From the FA Cup hero to the sack race, this has been a time of torment for Leicester Boss.

One of the six wins leaves them close to fourth and they have to fight for ninth, their worst outcome since 2018-19 when Rogers replaced Claude Powell in February.

Injuries, especially in defense, have crippled the Foxes, who have conceded the fifth-highest number of goals in the Premier League.

He remains in the Europa Conference League but was embarrassingly knocked out of the FA Cup by rivals Nottingham Forest, and Sunday’s defeat at the hands of the Wolves could be crucial for Rogers.

Marcelo Belsa

A win at West Ham in January took Leeds nine points out of danger and it looks like they are back on track.

But just one of their last three points has narrowed the gap to six with a nasty run against Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham on the horizon.

Belsa is only signing one-year deals and has not yet indicated whether he wants to stay next season.

Argentina will be loved forever in West Yorkshire and will not be fired, but the feeling is that it could be nearing the end of its time on Eland Road.

Rogers was in demand after last season's bravery but now he is looking on his shoulder.


Rogers was in demand after last season’s bravery but now he is looking on his shoulder.Credit: AP

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Ralph Rangink

Monday’s 2-0 win over Brighton eased some pressure on Germany and put Manchester United in pole position to move to fourth.

To secure Champions League football, Ranginik’s short tenure must be considered a success before he leaves the dugout to become a consultant and help find a new manager.

But with Arsenal just four points behind in three games, the Red Devils can’t afford any more slip-ups starting on Sunday against traditional rivals Leeds.

Antonio Conte

With less than four months on the job, it looks like Antonio Conte’s troubled marriage to Tottenham will end in divorce.

The Italian Spurs were not happy with the January business and are increasingly biting the frustrated person.

The league’s three defeats on spin left them with a fierce battle to stay in fourth place.

And if there is no Champions League football at Tottenham next season, few will be surprised if Conte is not out of the summer.

So the journey to face Man City on Saturday night is exactly what he wanted …

It's safe to say that things have gone downhill since Conte's strong start in Spurs.


It’s safe to say that things have gone downhill since Conte’s strong start in Spurs.Credit: Rex
Roy Hodgson is still smiling through his Watford worries.


Roy Hodgson is still smiling through his Watford worries.Credit: Rex


Of course, Watford will not fire three managers in one season!

Then, if anyone was going, it would be the same.

Veteran Roy Hodgson would still like his chances of being dragged out of the drop zone, but three games in his reign are unlikely.

By the end of the campaign, the most likely outcome seems to be deportation before the search for another manager begins.

It is unlikely that Steven Gerrard will feel sorry for him when he travels to Watford Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.


Thomas Frank’s job looks secure but Brent Ford’s form has deteriorated – the bees have lost seven of their last nine – and they are in real danger of being dragged into the relegation dogfight, especially this one. Because they have played more games than the people around them.

Sean Dye has been here and has come out of the other side many times before, but he has won one game throughout the season, making the seven-point difference a long-term challenge to safety.

Patrick Vieira received rave reviews at the start of the season but Crystal Palace have been without a league win since December 12 and have won two quick victories to ensure they face a stress-free spring. Required.

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