13 Big-Name Managers Set To Be Fired Early This Season
The first two months of the season are almost over and it has the first wave of managers either already out the door or on the verge of getting the sack already lined up. It is an all to common trend these days as managerial spots have become almost a revolving door at some clubs.
While some managers are new and just not fitting the bill and most likely gone, while others are well tenured but look to be loosing all of their control that they once exhibited over their clubs, fans, players and efforts.
Several big name managers have already been let go, while others are starring down the barrel of a possible early trip to the golf course. All that said lets get to the list of managers on the cusp of teeing off way to soon for their liking.
Peter Reid: Plymouth Argyle
Although Peter Reid has been sacked as of Sunday September 18th, 2011.
He was not one expected to have gotten the axe just yet but with Plymouth Argyle in financial upheaval and Administration sitting at the bottom of League Two on two points from 27 is not where they need to be.
The Clubs official statement on the matter as reported in the Guardian is as follows:
"Plymouth Argyle Football Club (In Administration) today announced that Peter Reid has left his position as manager of the football club. Peter joined Argyle as manager at the beginning of the 2010-11 season and inherited an unsustainable wage bill and a club that with the benefit of hindsight was in financial meltdown.
"During the last 15 months Peter has been the ultimate professional and has gone about his duties without complaining and has had to cope with more in a short period of time than most managers have to put up with in a whole career. Ultimately however, whatever the challenges, football is a results business and, today, Argyle sit bottom of the Football League with only one point out of 27.
"It is crucial that we give ourselves time to attempt to preserve Football League status and therefore it is felt that a change of manager now is the only option."
There is no word yet who will be the long term replacement at the tumultuous club that is facing a hard fight to stay alive.
Lothar Matthaus: Bulgaria
German footballing legend Lothar Matthaus has led the Bulgarian National side to only five points in seven games during the European Championship run.
Matthaus has now felt the axe for his troubles after comprehensive defeats to both England and Switzerland in their last two matches.
The international manager was relieved of his duties over they weekend with the Bulgarian Football Union issuing this statement:
"There were many reasons to release Matthaus, not only the poor results in the last matches.
"Pressure and negativity had also piled up in the squad, so the change was necessary.
"He lived outside Bulgaria for most of the time and perhaps it also influenced the results and preparation of the national team."
There is no news on whether Matthaus will seek another job in management at the current moment.
Michael Oenning: Hamburg SV
The Vote of confidence that HSV instilled in the manager must have only been for show as the following day saw Michael Oenning sacked by his club which sits dead last in the Bundesliga.
Four straight defeats was just to much for the club to take as Oenning becomes another management casualty that has been through the revolving door of HSV in the last several seasons.
Some of Oenning's last comments following the loss to Borussia Monchengladbach could also be used to sum up his tenure at the club:
"I am incredibly disappointed,'' admitted Oenning. "I am also annoyed because we have lost a game that we desperately wanted to win and because we have once again made a mess of an easily defendable situation.
There needs to be a quick solid caretaker appointment for the club to ensure it does not get even worse.
Steve Keane: Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers fans are rather incensed at their current club manager.
Before the weekend Rovers had only collected a single point from their first four games. His summer arrest for Drink Driving has not helped him either.
However, the afternoon after the fan protest above on September 17, 2011 Keane's team handed Arsenal a 4-3 defeat at Ewood park.
Keane still is on the rocks if his club starts to slip, but that win might save him for the moment.
Sean O'Driscoll: Doncaster Rovers
Sean O'Driscoll has been a great manager for Doncaster Rovers since his appointment in 2006.
But it looks like his luck might finally be running out for the club as they sit at the bottom of the Championship with a long way to go to get back into a truly safe position.
The past years since he led the team to promotion in the League One playoffs in 2008 he has helped them become a part of the Npower Championship as a lower half club.
However, this season the club is starting off in a poor spot with only one point from a possible 21 in the first seven games and a negative 10 goal differential.
Since their arrival in the Championship O'Driscoll led them to 14th and 12th place finishes in 2009 and 2010 but last year in 2011 they finished just barely safe at 21st. Another season that has seen their poor form from last year continue to plague them could spell the end for the Irish skipper.
If the club wants to continue pushing forward and build on their chances of advancing in the Championship they may have to change gears and start heading in a new direction.
If O'Driscoll fails to earn back some points before the middle of October I expect he will be heading out of the door at the Moat.
Massimiliano Allegri: AC Milan
Both Milan based teams are struggling here at the start of the season.
Inter Milan are perhaps a little worse off as they have faced opposition that they should have crushed on paper.
Milan are sitting in the nether reaches of the Serie A table and face second place club Udinese on Wednesday the 21st of September.
Massimiliano Allegri has proven he can keep the squad in matches as Milan very nearly upset Barcelona in their opening Champions League match of the 2011-12 campaign.
After falling to a draw with Lazio and a loss to first place Napoli, Milan are in search of an immediate result, and they hope to be able to provide that against Udinese or else their manager could be subject to change.
Roy Hodgson: West Bromwich Albion
Those expressions say it all as Roy Hodgson is sitting joint bottom of the Premier League after the first five games this season.
Last year he started off with Liverpool and much like this season he had the right players to do well, but just seemed to mismanage them.
It now appears he is on that same path with West Bromwich Albion.
He came in a save the Baggies season last February but it now appears that the honeymoon is over.
If the results do not start coming in by January, he could be on the fast track out of another EPL club.
Fabio Capello: English National Team
With England a lock for the UEFA European Championships next summer, Fabio Capello might just feel the ground crumbling underneath him.
Despite sitting with five wins and two draws, there is still a chance the FA could take action and make a switch.
The Italian has made a mess of things at times, and the poor performance of the Three Lions at the 2010 World Cup still has people upset with him.
The England squad on paper should be better than results at times have shown.
Whispers around the media still have Harry Redknapp set to replace him.
It could just happen that Capello gets the boot with six to eight months left to prepare and handle a managerial switch before Euro 2012.
Owen Coyle: Bolton Wanderers
While I personally believe it would be a mistake and a harsh reality for Owen Coyle if Bolton Wanderers fired their current manager.
In the first five games of the league season Bolton have a win and four losses.
Some will argue that he just has not got it at the Reebok after they were knocked off by promoted Norwich City, albeit thanks to Ivan Klasnic sent off it was tougher.
It just seems like they cannot catch a break this season so far.
The games that Bolton have fallen in where also all top class save for the loss to the Canaries. Losses to Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United in a row would be tough for any team to bounce back from.
What gives Coyle the chance to keep his job is that his team has failed to stop trying in all the matches despite losing. There is a good work ethic instilled in his team which is obvious from their attempts to keep playing against all of the above clubs even when down.
However, if Coyle cannot right his ship by mid to late October I see him getting the boot if Wanderers are still in the lower reaches.
Steve McClaren: Nottingham Forest
The former Wolfsburg boss has seen a tough time since coming back to English Football for Nottingham Forest.
Most recently a Derby loss to Derby County has sent them to three straight losses with McClaren claiming he has been nothing but frustrated since returning to the isle.
McClaren was quoted for the following statement in The Sun after he forced his team to watch a replay of their loss before preparing to take on Newcastle United in the Carling Cup midweek on Tuesday September 20th:
"We lost a lot of pride against Derby so we got the lads in to watch the game.
"We ironed out some problems and, thankfully, we can get back out there and repair some of that pride. A win would give us the kickstart we need."
With his club in the bottom three another loss or two could surely see him sacked as Forest will not be happy at the thought of relegation. It now seems a lifetime since his success at FC Twente where he only lost 16 of 101 games for the Dutch side.
Gian Piero Gasperini: Inter Milan
In three games so far this season Inter Milan have suffered two losses and a draw.
The first loss was a tough test against Palermo as the Sicilian club knocked off the Northern Italian giants 4-3 at home.
AS Roma were the next opponent and brought the attack to Inter at home in the San Siro, but neither club could find the go ahead goal as it finished in a 0-0 draw.
Tuesday night Inter Milan traveled to Silvia Piola to face off against newly promoted side Novara.
After 33 years the club had finally returned to Serie B in 2010 and remarkably sealed promotion back to the top flight of Italian football in 2011.
Inter came to town hoping to erase a painful opening two games, but then it all went south as Novara took the lead just before halftime.
Late in the second half Inter sealed their own doom when a penalty was given up to Novara on the 86th minute. Marco Rigoni stepped up to the spot and converted sending the new boys 2-0 up on the 2010 treble winners.
Esteban Cambiasso got one back but it failed to mean much as Novara immediately answered through Rigoni less than a minute later.
After such a poor run of results against opposition deemed inferior in the majority of aspects it now looks like the jury may be in on Gasperini in the coming days and it could end ugly.
Didier Deschamps: Olympique Marseille
If Didier Deschamps' vote of confidence is anything like HSV's Michael Oenning's then it could be a short week for the 42 year old manager.
After having led Marseille to their first league title in 2010 since they won four straight from 1989-1992.
So far this season it has been disappointment after disappointment.
Les Phocéens are dead last in the Ligue 1 table. They have three draws and three losses with a negative four goal differential and only three points to show for their efforts.
There will need to be an immediate turn around of fortunes if he expects to keep his job.
The clubs 1-0 victory in the opening round of the Champions League will help to keep them afloat morally for the moment, but the more games they lose the faster they will be in trouble.
Arsene Wenger: Arsenal
Truth be told I do not know if there is another manager more frustrated than Arsene Wenger has to be this season.
It is hard to even know where to start over what a shamble Arsenal are so far this season.
An opening day draw against Newcastle which saw Gervinho red carded on his debut looks to have summed up their season so far.
Crushing defeats to Liverpool at home and then a devastating 8-2 pounding handed out from Manchester United at Old Trafford looked to hopefully be the worst of it.
Week four saw them finally get three points against Swansea, but the only reason they got them was due to an error by Michel Vorm otherwise Arsenal might not have even won that game.
Then came the September 17th trip to Blackburn. The opening 15 minutes made it seem the Gunners might just be figuring things out when Gervinho opened up his EPL account on the 10th minute.
Yakubu leveled 15 minutes later in a surprise fashion from the Everton flop, but his former teammate Mikel Arteta would score another go ahead goal on the 34th minute.
Wenger's side went into half time with a positive note for only one of a few times this season. However, it was all down hill from there.
The Gunners defense disappeared, and Alex Song scored the first of two own goals in a twenty minute period that again proved that Arsenal are in trouble.
Own goals from Song, and then Laurent Koscielny came on either side of Yakubu's second for Rovers, and the one time club of "Invincibles" were now two goals down by the 70th minute.
Marouane Chamakh would pull one back at the 85th minute, but it was not enough.
If Wenger cannot solve his clubs defensive problems then I could see him gone come January no matter how much the fans or board may love him, and despite the fact that the board say they will not sack him.