The Bottom Corner: Sparky Axed, Ancelotti and Benitez To Follow?

Salaar ShamsiSenior Writer IDecember 26, 2009

BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 17:  Carlo Ancelotti manager of Chelsea looks dejected after defeat during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Chelsea at Villa Park on October 17, 2009 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Manchester City's controversial decision to sack Mark Hughes has met some strong criticism.

Manchester United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson deemed it 'unacceptable' while Arsene Wenger revealed he was 'extremely disappointed' by it.

City supporters have questioned the motives behind the decision to relieve Hughes of his duties despite the fact that the former Blackburn boss had lost only two games.

Hughes also delivered memorable victories against Arsenal and Chelsea and was sacked minutes after a thrilling 4-3 win over Sunderland.

The way in which Hughes was sacked has attracted hostile reactions from managers, players and supporters alike.

Sir Alex Ferguson said "There is a way to treat people."

Well, how do you explain that to City's overly demanding owners, who have invested, a truckload of cash into the club and want to see results for it.

The Premier League is becoming increasingly competitive and from an entertainment point of view, it's just what the doctor ordered.

You have to sympathize with Mark Hughes but at the end of the day, perhaps, he got a wee bit too many draws.

Talking about wielding the axe, I bet Carlo Ancelotti's starting to feel a little insecure and not without a good reason.

Carlo Ancelotti got off to a fantastic start at Chelsea, much like a certain Luiz Felipe Scolari but recently Chelsea's form has been rapidly declining and 0-0 draw against Birmingham was not what Chelsea had planned after being held 1-1 by West Ham last week.

Ancelotti's slump is quite similar to that of Big Phil but the Italian's chances of staying at Stamford Bridge have been boosted by a five point lead which the Blues will hold at least until Manchester United's trip to Hull City on Sunday.

Roman Abramovich isn't really known for his patience and speculation suggests the Russian is already in contact with Guus Hiddink, just in case, Ancelotti falters.

Talk about faltering, the word itself sums up Liverpool's season.

Liverpool, who lost their first game of the season to Spurs have struggled to maintain a winning run despite an inspirational victory over Manchester United.

Rafael Benitez's men hit a new low when they were defeated by rock-bottom club, Portsmouth last week and many believe that unless things change, Rafael Benitez's days at Anfield are numbered.

Don't you think the sack is falling too often?