With the World Cup almost over and the managerial merry-go-round yet to whir into motion, there’s already pressure on every manager in the Premier League. With so much dependent on a successful summer transfer window and with so much to lose with relegation, chairmen are more trigger-happy than ever.
Four clubs—West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton—all have new managers who will have some added leeway, and the promoted clubs traditionally give the managers who guided them into the division the benefit of the doubt regardless of how the season begins.
However, some managers are under considerably more pressure than others. These are the five head coaches with the Sword of Damocles closest to their heads.