Firing Squad: The Most Under-Pressure Managers from Europe's Top 5 Leagues
Six rounds into the Serie A season, none of the 20 clubs have made a managerial change.
But several have a bench boss under considerable pressure, and two of them feature on this installment of Firing Squad.
There is also representation from Germany, Spain and France over the next few slides, but none from England. Of course, if Crystal Palace and Fulham continue to struggle, we could be seeing Ian Holloway and Martin Jol in this space over the next few weeks.
But following are the five we think could struggle to survive three, two or even one more poor result.
Unai Emery, Sevilla
A 2-0 win against Freiburg in the Europa League will have come as a relief to Unai Emery, but he has still guided his Sevilla side to only a single win in La Liga to start the season, and that September 25 victory at home to Rayo Vallecano was followed up with a draw against Real Sociedad.
Emery is Sevilla’s sixth manager since 2010, so it goes without saying that no one appointed at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan can expect to stay in their job for long—particularly if they’re only keeping the club slightly above the relegation places.
Sevilla, 16th in the table with six points, have a winnable match against Almeria, 18th with three points, coming up on Sunday, after which they’ll go into the international break.
But will Emery still be in his job when the players reconvene ahead of an October 20 contest against Real Valladolid?
Delio Rossi, Sampdoria
Last season Delio Rossi guided Sampdoria to a respectful 14th-place finish in Serie A. So far this term his side have yet to win a single match and have scored just four goals in six outings to claim 19th place.
Sampdoria will face 10th-place Torino on Sunday before returning from the international break with an appointment at Livorno. Both are winnable matches—or at least they should be—and you’d think if they don’t take at least three points from the two of them, Rossi will be cut loose.
It would hardly be the first time for him.
Since 1978 Rossi has managed 10 clubs—many of them for more than one stint. He’s accustomed to the sack, and Sampdoria are accustomed to signing managers. They’ve employed seven of them since 2010.
Jens Keller, Schalke
Jens Keller probably wishes he didn’t have to manage Schalke in the Bundesliga.
The Royal Blues have had a good start to their Champions League campaign and are also through to the next round of the DfB Pokal, but for some reason they just can’t pick up results in their home division.
Through seven rounds they’ve won only twice and are currently fifth from the bottom of the Bundesliga.
That 4-0 trouncing at home to Bayern Munich several weeks back will have hardly done his case any good, either.
Massimiliano Allegri, AC Milan
AC Milan were fortunate to draw Ajax 1-1 on Tuesday, but they’ll need considerably more luck if they’re to defeat Juventus in Turin on Sunday.
So far this season the Rossoneri have won only two Serie A matches and come into the weekend ranked ninth in Serie A. Through it all they’ve played reactive, negative football and have taken the game to their opponents on only rare occasions.
A heavy loss to the Bianconeri could spell the end for Allegri at the San Siro.
Francis Gillot, Bordeaux
Francis Gillot couldn’t have imagined a worse start to the season.
Not only have his Bordeaux side won just one of their eight Ligue 1 matches to start the campaign, but on Thursday they were dealt a 2-1 defeat at home to Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Europa League—just two weeks after losing 3-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt in the same competition.
The 17th-place side is coming off a pair of draws in Ligue 1 ahead of Sunday’s match against 19th-place Sochaux, but failure there would hardly set them up well for a big test against Lyon on October 20.