|Five premier league managers have been sacked and it's only game week eleven, who is the next to walk? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
According to Tim Sherwood who of course has rich experience with being hired and fired as a coach, the November international break is one you switch off your phone as a manager as it is the most likely point for you to be sacked if you’re not doing well, for once the former Spurs man was right.
Norwich City beat Brentford away from home and shortly after celebrating their first win of the season, news broke out that the relegation threatened side have fired their German manager Daniel Falke with the club citing league position and uninspiring displays as their reason.
Club statement revealed that the club doesn’t want to continue to play down below, they see potential in their club and they’re convinced that they should be comfortable in the premier league, whoever takes up the job will have it all to do.
Elsewhere on Sunday, news broke out of Aston Villa as well on the departure of Dean Smith, the man that led them to a sensational season last term with the club going on a dreadful run of five losses on the bounce, another casualty from West Midlands.
Aston Villa punched above their weights last season but you can pin their failures this time on the sale of Jack Grealish to Manchester City and inability of their new recruits to settle in well; Emiliano Buendia hasn’t found his feet and Leon Bailley struggles with fitness with only one start since signing for Villa.
It’s only eleven games in and five managers have taken the long walk of shame, Watford fired Xisco Munoz and replaced him with Claudio Ranieri, Newcastle’s big takeover meant they can no longer trust Steve Bruce and they’re on the verge of hiring Eddie Howe who was in the stands for their draw against Brighton;
Tottenham Hotspur got tired of Nuno Espirito Santo and showed him the door, bringing in a renowned winner Antonio Conte, and over the weekend we learned of the sacking of Falker and Smith, at this stage last season only one manager had been fired, impatience?
You can’t really feel sorry for most of the fired managers, sake for Munoz who was fired without having enough time to impress, the rest of the bunch had to walk for the good of the team;
Falke got Norwich promoted, he got them relegated, he got them promoted again and they’re already flirting with the drop again, one win in eleven and before the trip to Brentford’s community stadium, the story was just two points out of a possible 30, that’s relegation form by all standards.
The Aston Villa team is better than the output, Grealish may have left but there’s no way in hell they would lose five on the bounce without giving real fight, their lackluster start to games and their indiscipline adds credence to their league position.
There’s a place of impatience on the part of club owners, but when investments are involved and the fight is not there even when a team isn’t getting result, there’s only one way the decision will go and that will not favor the manager.
No substantial names have been discussed for the vacant post at Carrow Road and Villa Park, but whoever takes the respective jobs will have it all to do to stay in the topflight.