Firing Squad: The Most Under-Pressure Managers from Europe's Top 5 Leagues
Europe’s top five leagues have so far seen 10 managers leave their posts this season, whether by the sack, mutual consent or, as we saw with Ian Holloway earlier this week, resignation.
The next few days could see one or two more casualties added to the pile, especially if results don’t go the way of the managers who desperately need them going into the weekend.
Following are five managers we think could struggle to stay in their jobs over the next few weeks—two of which are new to the Firing Squad.
Francis Gillot, Bordeaux
A 2-1 win at home to Apoel Nicosia in the Europa League may have bought Francis Gillot some time, but unless domestic results improve, he won’t be long for the Stade Chaban-Delmas.
Bordeaux have won only two of 10 Ligue 1 matches so far this term and on Sunday will host Montpellier, who are only a single point above them in the table.
Averaging just over a goal per game, Bordeaux are desperate for offense, meaning the likes of Cheick Diabate and Henri Saivet will have as much to do with Gillot’s future as anyone else.
Unai Emery, Sevilla
A 1-1 draw away to Liberec on Thursday will have hardly instilled confidence in Unai Emery at Sevilla.
The focus shifts back to La Liga on Sunday, however, when the 11th-place side will welcome struggling Osasuna to Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Fail to get the three points, and Sevilla could well be set to appoint a seventh manager since 2010—such has been the instability at the club.
Massimiliano Allegri, AC Milan
A draw against Barcelona in the Champions League never does one’s job security much harm, although AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has attempted to hijack the praise from Massimiliano Allegri, insisting he passed along tactical advice to his manager, per ESPN FC.
If that’s the case, he’d do well to enlighten Allegri again on Sunday when Milan travel to Stadio Ennio Tardini for an appointment with Parma.
The Rossoneri have so far won just three of eight Serie A matches this season and go into the match ranked a disappointing eighth in the table. One wonders how much longer Berlusconi’s patience will last, especially as he seems to be the brains behind the operation in the first place.
Giuseppe Sannino, Chievo
Giuseppe Sannino was appointed to replace outgoing Chievo manager Eugenio Corini in July, but early returns have not been encouraging.
The Verona outfit have so far won just one of their eight Serie A matches this campaign and have scored just a single goal in their last three outings—hardly the sort of form that stands them in good stead ahead of matches against Fiorentina and AS Roma.
With his side second-from-bottom, Sannino can’t be expected to last much longer at Chievo, especially as the club have been in Serie A since 2008 and have no intention of getting relegated anytime soon.
Malky Mackay, Cardiff City
Seventeenth-place Cardiff have an absolutely vital match away to 18th-place Norwich on Saturday, after which they’ll host Swansea in the Welsh derby and travel to Aston Villa.
Each is a winnable match, but poor results from the three contests could see Malky Mackay walk the plank in Leckwith.
Meddling owner Vincent Tan has already sacked recruitment director Iain Moody—a Mackay ally—and there have also been reports that Tan has foisted tactical advice on his manager, per the BBC.
None of this bodes well for the likeable Mackay, who in this instance may soon be out of a job simply because the relationship with Tan is becoming more and more untenable.