The English Premier League has never really been kind to managers. In a day and age when opinion is often shaped by the outpouring of media opinion after every game, managers are often first in the firing line once things start going wrong.
Taking a look back at managerial sackings since 1994, it is clear that November is the most deadly month for managers in the Premier League. Since 1994, almost 20 percent (21 out of 106) managerial sackings have occurred in the month of November—more than any other month.
So what is it about November that makes managers especially vulnerable to sackings?
First of all, around a quarter of the season is usually over by the time November rolls around, and owners have a good idea of what the club can aspire to that season (top four, European place, mid-table safety or relegation dogfight).
Often, owners whose teams struggle at the start of the season decide the current form of the team does not meet their expectations. With the transfer window closed and prevailing tactics not working, they often take the simplistic view of dismissing their manager in a bid to inject fresh impetus into their teams.
So, as in every year, are there managers who are susceptible to losing their jobs in the current month? Of course there are.
Here is a look at four of the most vulnerable managers in the Premier League at the moment.