The 2013-14 season will be unlike any other in recent memory, the teams who finished first, second and third last season will all start the campaign with a different manager.
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal finished fourth, but for a team that was once one of the best in the world to be celebrating a Champions League qualifying place like it was the World Cup, a fall from grace has occurred, and dissatisfied voices have been heard of Mr. Wenger’s tenure.
In fact, if you look at who finished fifth, sixth and seventh, we are in a unique situation where there is no manager who you would say has complete job security.
With the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, the aforementioned Arsene is the longest-serving manager in the country by a long way. The next longest-serving manager in the Premier League is Alan Pardew, who has been at Newcastle United a little over two years.
We hear about "The Sack Race" every year—the first manager in the Premier League to get the sack. Last year it was Roberto Di Matteo who edged out Mark Hughes by a matter of two days. Usually, at the start of the season there are some managers who you can confidently say “there’s no chance he’ll get fired.”
Not this year.
This is the first season where there is arguably potential for every single manager in the Premier League to be the first to be sacked in the 2013-14 season.
So we’re running through every manager in the league and explaining why their head is on the block and what it will take for that axe to drop.