Which Premier League big gun will be first to sack their manager?

Date published: Sunday 31st July 2016 1:40

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will be the first manager to be sacked by one of the Premier League’s big clubs, according to a fans’ survey.

Five managerial heavyweights will be leading the five biggest clubs in the Premier League this season. All will have the goal of securing the title for their team, but only one can succeed. At least one will miss out on the Champions League and a poor run could even cost one their job in a world where managers are only a few defeats away from being under pressure.

New Chelsea manager Conte is the clear favourite of the five to be sacked first. The Italian, chosen by 34% of those who responded, has inherited a difficult situation at Stamford Bridge and takes over a team that could only finish 10th last season.

The former Juventus boss is very highly thought of in the world of coaching, having taken Italy above and beyond expectations with flawless tactical displays at Euro 2016, but many still have their doubts over how he will fare under the trigger happy ownership of Roman Abramovich.

A relatively close second with 27% of the vote is Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese has taken over from Louis van Gaal at Manchester United and a lot of people believe his time at Old Trafford will be either boom or bust. The pressure to eradicate the memories of the last three years is already on, although he has arguably made the strongest signings so far.

Antonio Conte: Leads poll to be first sacked

Perhaps Arsenal fans guilty of wishful thinking were behind Arsene Wenger receiving 23% of the vote. The Premier League’s longest serving manager has had to put up with a growing number of dissenters among the Gunners fan-base in recent seasons with minimal silverware in the last 12 years a real sore point for most supporters.

Only 10% of fans believe that Jurgen Klopp would be the first to go. The popular German just recently signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool and the Anfield hierarchy very clearly buy into his vision for the club over the coming years.

Even fewer, just 6%, believe that new Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is in danger of being sacked first. The Spaniard arrives in England with an incredible reputation and record after claiming six league titles in only seven seasons as a manager.

He is the candidate that City have wanted in charge of the team for a long time and only a true disaster would bring the association to a swift end.


Jamie Spencer


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