Michael Laudrup’s Tuesday sacking as Swansea manager came as a reminder that a prolonged run of poor results, especially when the spectre of relegation is becoming more and more of a reality, will often result in a change of personnel.
The five managers called into the yard for this installment of Firing Squad are not in dissimilar situations to that of Laudrup. Granted, they may be on better terms with their employers, but even the best relationship with a chairman is hardly a guarantee of job security when a drop in divisions is staring the club in the face.
From this point onward, we’ll be starting to see managerial changes inspired by a sole purpose: safety.
Following are five of the most under-pressure managers from Europe’s top leagues.