Exploring potential Premier League managerial sackings with David Moyes and Steve Cooper in the spotlight. Who's next in line?
|David Moyes is feeling the heat at West Ham while Steve Cooper's Nottingham Forest is on a downward spiral, which of them is next on the chopping list? (Photo credit: BBC)|
Graham Potter is history at Chelsea, and Frank Lampard is the makeshift manager until summer, but in the context of the Premier League and managerial positions, who’s the next in line to get the sack? David Moyes? Steve Cooper?
With just nine rounds to go in the league, it's crunch time at both ends of the table with keen eyes on European qualification places.
Two managers could have their positions advertised pretty soon, but is it advisable to go the Chelsea and Leicester routes at this stage?
It’s probably the right thing to do at this stage if you’ve settled for fate and are ready to live with the consequences.
Either you’re hiring a new manager to see out the season, integrate into the team, and settle in through pre-season, or you’re hoping the new manager will help achieve season objectives.
David Moyes’ position at West Ham is quite fragile, and it’s a surprise he hasn’t been ushered out after midweek’s embarrassment at the hands of high-flying Newcastle.
The Hammers can move up with a win in their outstanding game, but you don’t count points you haven't won.
Moyes is doing well in Europe and could well win the Europa Conference League.
But will he be at the helm long enough to have a shot at the trophy?
It’s also an angle to note that West Ham could well be in Europe next season from the Championship League. Insane, right?
Nottingham Forest did hand Steve Cooper a new contract when the going was tough earlier in the season; he picked the team, and they were safe in 13th for a long period.
But right now, they’re back in the drop zone and could be in real trouble by the time the final whistle goes off at Villa Park on Saturday.
The same Potter situation may play out here
Lots of players to fit into a team and results not going their way.
To be fair, the quality of the Forest squad is weak and more like championship standard; remember Bolton of the early 2000s?
Buying relatively old players who are surplus to requirements at top clubs
If Nottingham goes down, Cooper could well be left at the helm to fight for a chance to bring them back, but the club could look elsewhere in a bid to salvage the season and beat the drop. Will they consider Sam Allardyce?