Every year, in practically every major league in world football, at least one or two clubs decide that their respective managers have steered the club so off-course that they must be sacked or removed before Christmas.
Last season, in the English Premier League for example, this was what happened with Steve Bruce at Sunderland, who was fired at the very end of November.
In the Bundesliga, we saw several cases in which this happened: Michael Oenning was sacked by mid-September after a terrible start to the domestic season with Hamburg, and Ralf Rangnick resigned soon after as Schalke continued to under-perform in the Bundesliga under his leadership.
Finally, Markus Babbel, despite doing a fine job with Hertha Berlin, was sacked midway through December after reportedly (according to ESPN) renewing his contract with the club.
In this list, we'll examine the managers most at risk of getting sacked next season in Europe's big leagues.
Please know ahead of time that we are not predicting that all or even half of these managers will get the sack before Christmas this year. We're simply saying that of all the managers in European football, these are the ones most at risk of getting sacked, and we certainly wouldn't be surprised to see one or two of them removed from their post come Christmas.
With that disclaimer out of the way, let's get to the good stuff. Feel free to opine afterwards with who you think might be most at risk of being out of a job towards the end of 2012.