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5 managers who could be sacked before the season ends 

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25 Dec 2017, 15:07 IST

Malaga v Real Madrid - La Liga
Carlo Ancelotti and Paul Clement, currently out without any managerial job

It's already mid-way through the season across Europe's top five leagues and a host of teams will hope to improve on their performances when the second half kicks off next year.

The opening half of the season has already seen a number of managers relieved of their jobs after failing to impress with Carlo Ancelotti, Peter Bosz, Ronald Koeman among the top managers to have been axed.

On Thursday, Eduardo Berrizzo was surprisingly sacked by Sevilla with the club in 5th position in the La Liga table and this clearly states that anybody could be shown the exit door at any point in time.

While this list could be much longer, in this article, we take a look at five managers who could be axed before the season ends as we enter the second half of the 2017/18 campaign:

#5 Mark Hughes - Stoke City

Blackburn Rovers v Stoke City - FA Cup Fifth Round
Could Mark Hughes time be up?

When Mark Hughes took the Stoke city job in 2013, the club had just ended the 2012-13 season in 13th position and he was tasked with one purpose; improving the team's fortunes.

Over the next three seasons, the former Chelsea player took the team to three successive 9th place finishes, which marked an improvement for the team.

However last season, Mark Hughes was only able to guide Stoke to 13th and they currently lie in 14th this season, after picking up just 19 points from 19 games.

While Stoke's 3-1 win over West Brom, on the back of three straight defeats, will relieve the Welsh after indications and rumours of a sack filled the air, an all-around improvement and better results are the only things that will guarantee that he will keep his job.


From Stoke City's 14th position to the bottom three, only 2 teams have not had a change in their managerial post excluding Newcastle - who came into the league with a new manager -, with the rest sacking their previous bosses.

Mark Hughes is one of the longest-serving managers among the current crop in the EPL and will count himself lucky if he keeps his job until the end of the season.

As it stands, the Stoke board's patience is waning and a sack seems to be on the horizon.

Also read: 5 famous managers who were sacked after they lost the dressing room

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