Opinion Sacking managers as if it is going out of...

Sacking managers as if it is going out of fashion

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If you have been following the Premier League season this year, then you will already know that it is looking a little different to just 11 games into the year from the very first one.

Whilst we are heading into the final international break of 2021 and the upcoming festive football season that will provide fans with more action than they can perhaps handle at times, it seems some got an unwanted gift some 50 days or so before the big day.

After a brief hiatus, sacking a Premier League manager appears to be a trend that has once again hit high time, and one that many might want to try and get on when looking for the best odds available at the sportsbooks that are listed on betting-sites.ca.

As we are just 11 games into the 21/22 Premier League season, a quarter of the managers that started the campaign are no more as their teams have decided to hand them a P45 and “wish them the best for the future”.

Indeed, three of the five managers to have been dismissed already were as recent as the weekend, with each of them being fired within seven days of each other. Therefore, sacking appears to be the gift that clubs are handing out this holiday season.

As per an article by BBC Sport, here is the current timeline of each managerial departure to have taken place thus far:

3 October: Watford’s Xisco Munoz was the first to go, sacked with the Hornets 14th, seven games into the season. He was replaced by Claudio Ranieri.
20 October: Newcastle boss Steve Bruce left his post by mutual consent, 13 days after the Saudi Arabia-backed £305m takeover of the Magpies with the club winless in the league. He has been replaced by Eddie Howe.
1 November: Tottenham dismissed Nuno Espirito Santo after four months in the post, after a run of five defeats in seven league matches. He was replaced by Antonio Conte.
6 November: Norwich’s Daniel Farke was sacked hours after their first Premier League win of the season. The club are yet to appoint a successor.
7 November: Aston Villa’s Dean Smith was dismissed two days after the club’s fifth successive league defeat. A replacement has not yet been announced.

Following the dismissal of Dean Smith from Aston Villa, a rather concerning statistic has since emerged that will make things rather concerning for any manager that might be feeling the pressure at their current club.

More managers have lost their job in the Premier League this season than in the entire 2020/21 campaign, with this being the highest total to have departed from their roles at this particular stage of the campaign for 17 years.

In fact, in each of the past three seasons, this stage had only seen one team decide to pull the trigger and look to implement a change of direction by bringing in a new manager and it would seem we are on course to eclipse the total number of departures within a Premier League campaign.

That number currently stands at 10, with that happening in the 2013/14 and 2017/18 seasons. To put that number in perspective, that is 50% of the league deciding to change their boss.

A host of different reasons have been suggested as to why this could be happening, with the return of fans in stadiums demanding changes and the potential financial climate that is being experienced being amongst them.

Another could be that as there are a number of managers to have been in charge last season, perhaps their time to face the chop has just happened to be this year?

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