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English Premier League Sack-Race Hots Up

English Premier League Sack-Race Hots Up Photo: TT
The EPL Sack Race has Heated Up

Whilst December is the season to be merry, it is also the time that Chairmen and Boards of under-performing Premier League clubs begin to get nervous, and opt to make managerial changes if their tem is under-performing.

The sacking season got underway early this year with the dismissal of Mauricio Pochettino as boss of Tottenham Hotspur, despite steering the side to the Champions League final just six months ago. He has been replaced at White Hart Lane, by Jose Mourinho, the so-called Special One. And, no sooner had the dust settled on that upheaval in North London, than there was another one as Unai Emery, in charge of Spurs great rivals, Arsenal, was also relieved of his responsibilities, to nobodys great surprise, after his team went on their worst run of results since 1992.

Former player Freddie Ljundberg has been named interim manager until such time as the club can find a new full-time boss.

Sunday saw the axe fall on another man. Quique Sanchez Flores second spell as Watford manager came to an end following his sides 2 -1 defeat at Southampton.

It was ironic because Flores had only been in the job 3 months, after Javi Gracia became the first casualty of the season, dismissed early in the campaign after the Hornets suffered a poor start to the season. However, Flores could not arrest the decline, and with the club still mired in the relegation places, and 8 points from safety, a change has been made, with former Brighton and Newcastle boss Chris Houghton favourite to take over the hot seat at Vicarage Road.

Meanwhile, Marco Silvas tenure as Everton boss could be ended in the next few days. With his team just one place above the drop zone, the Portuguese really needed a result against Leicester City on Sunday. Unfortunately, despite playing well, and taking the lead, they conceded a 94th minute winner to Kelechi Iheanacho, a goal which could well sign the death knell for Silva at Goodison Park, with former boss David Moyes tipped to take over from him.

One man though who is breathing a bit easier this week is West Hams Manuel Pellegrini. He, too, was under pressure for his job going into the weekend. However, the clubs first win at Chelsea in 17 years has bought him more time at least for now.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer
@suneerchowdhary ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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