The 2017/18 campaign has come to an end and there is a lot of manager speculation. Here are five managers who could be sacked this summer.
1. Chelsea – Antonio Conte
This one has been rumbling on all season. Antonio Conte took Chelsea from 10th to Premier League champions when he took over last season. This season has not been anywhere near as impressive with Chelsea finishing 5th and failing to secure Champions League football. Conte has spent the majority of the season sulking like a moody teenager after making it clear that he has not got his own way with regards to transfer targets.
Some of Conte’s decisions this season have been questionable. Making six changes to a team that beat Liverpool 1-0 is one of them. That team could only draw with Huddersfield and that ended Chelsea’s hopes of a top-four finish. According to The Telegraph, most Chelsea players think a new coach will be in charge next season and nobody would be particularly surprised. Losing 3-0 to Newcastle on the final day of the season certainly won’t have helped and even a possible FA Cup win against Manchester United can’t rescue such a lacklustre campaign.
2. Everton – Sam Allardyce
It’s no secret that most Everton fans can’t wait to see the back of Sam Allardyce. He was brought in towards the end of November to keep Everton in the Premier League after Ronald Koeman was sacked in October with the club 18th in the Premier League. Allardyce has done what was asked of him and Everton finished the season in 8th place but it’s his style of play that Everton fans can’t get on board with. It’s dull, unimaginative and quite frankly hard to watch.
In his press conference ahead of Everton’s final match of the season against West Ham, Allardyce was asked about his job security:
“I have a contract – a one year contract. Until that time someone says they don’t want me I have a contract. I’ve already planned for next season.”
Allardyce may be planning for next season but he has also stated that he will meet with Everton owner Farhad Moshiri this week to discuss his future. Everton fans will be hoping against hope that he is furiously chewing gum in another team’s dugout when the 2018/19 campaign begins.
3. Leicester City – Claude Puel
After guiding Leicester to Premier League safety and a 9th placed finish, Claude Puel could be facing the sack. This would be the second consecutive season where he has secured a top 10 finish for a team (Southampton last season) and been sacked. The Frenchman was appointed in October and started brilliantly but that’s a distant memory now. Their style of play has not pleased the fans and a change would be welcome.
In their final game of the season, Leicester lost 5-4 to Spurs at Wembley. The Foxes lost after leading by two goals in the top flight for the first time since October 2003 (3-4 v Wolves). The win against Arsenal in midweek was Leicester’s only one win from their final seven games in the league and Puel may pay the price for such poor form.
4. Watford – Javi Gracia
Javi Gracia was appointed as Watford manager in January, just hours after Marco Silva was sacked. The 4-1 win over Chelsea in Gracia’s first home game has been the highlight of his time in charge of the Hornets. Apart from that, results have been largely disappointing. Watford have attempted 61 shots in away Premier League games without scoring and are now goalless in each of their eight away Premier League games under Gracia.
When Gracia was asked if he’s been assured of his position next season, he replied: “Yeah, I think so.” Not exactly a convincing answer. Watford are well known for changing their managers on a very regular basis and this season could be no different.
5. West Ham United – David Moyes
Like Sam Allardyce, David Moyes came in to do a job. That job was to keep West Ham in the Premier League and he did that as the Hammers finished 13th. Moyes signed a contract until the end of the season when he succeeded Slaven Bilic last November.
The players will have no say in Moyes’ future but some of them have publicly backed him. Captain Mark Noble told Sky Sports: “I’d like him to stay. I think he’s good and I think he’s honest, but it’s another decision out of my hands. I’m pretty sure we’ll know soon what the outcome is.”
Despite Noble’s positive endorsement, it is highly unlikely that Moyes will still be managing the Hammers next season.