It was largely expected that PSG would dominate the French Ligue 1.
With a wonder-kid, the most expensive player in the world of football and a veteran sandwiched between them, nothing less than domination of the league was expected.
And dominate they have done so far.
Maybe a side like AS Monaco was not expected to compete for a UCL spot in France. But nobody foresaw things getting as bad as they have. 18th on the log, they had to let Leonardo Jardim go, to be replaced by Thierry Henry.
That was the first major managerial casualty in European football this season. And being a football season that spans for almost none months, there are bound to be many more casualties before the end of the season.
The question is: who’s next?
In England, a number of managers have been tethering dangerously on the edge of being dismissed, with Jose Mourinho being at the fore. With each passing day, the Portuguese looks increasingly likely to lose his job as the Manchester United manager.
A poor run of form, strange press conferences and Paul Pogba (not forgetting Alexis Sanchez and some ex-United players who are now analysts) have all been rife issues that the manager has had to deal with in recent times.
Of the teams that currently occupy the relegation spots in the Premier League, some may be considering switching their manager. But Mourinho may just be the first casualty of the season.
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In Spain, Julen Lopetegui has not found life interesting at Real Madrid.
Los Blancos’ next La Liga game against Levante has been described as a final for the manager. They’ve lost four games on the bounce since their 1-0 victory over Espanyol and a fifth consecutive defeat will spell doom for the former Porto manager.
Antonio Conte, among other names, have been touted as potential replacements for the manager. It’s a dicey one for Madrid, with the El Clasico coming up next week.
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Speaking of Barcelona, they’re not notorious for switching managers frequently. But that’s not to say Ernerste Valverde is safe. It’s been over a month since the Catalan giants won a La Liga game. Series of draws and that defeat to Leganes means Valverde has to up his game.
With Real Madrid visiting the Nou Camp next week, he has to buckle up or he might just be up for eviction.
It’s the same situation with Nico Kovac in Bayern Munich, with the Bavarian giants languishing in seventh place.
What’s a football season without news of managers getting sacked, fired or released by mutual consent?! The question is, amidst all these merry-go-round, which manager is next to get the boot?
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