5 managers who may be sacked soon
Being a football manager is often a thankless job. If the team does well, he is among the last to be credited and if not, he's perhaps the first to be pointed fingers at. Then there's also the dreaded time constraints, as some even have to produce results in a limited time span, else get the axe.
So in football, a managerial job often comes with the proverbial Damocles' Sword hanging over their heads. And in the current season of the European football leagues, there are a few upon whom the blades are about to be dropped.
These managers have overseen a tumultuous run so far even when the campaign is only halfway through, as their teams have either underperformed or have been downright poor. Let's delve deeper into the scenarios of each of the five managers, who could be sacked soon:
#5 Claude Puel (Leicester City)
The Frenchman, despite taking a reeling Leicester City side from 18th up to ninth in the final standings last season, finds his managerial job in dire straits. Eleventh in the table with only 32 points from 24 games, the Foxes have been blighted by some serious inconsistency issues this season.
Unlikely scalps against Chelsea, Manchester City, Everton and lately an encouraging draw to title-chasing Liverpool have testified the side's big-game mentality and fearlessness. But on the flip side, horrendous results to lowly ranked teams in the division have greatly irked the Leicester faithful.
This erratic nature is keeping the team from drifting within the top 10 positions whereas Puel is also accused of exercising an unattractive brand of football too.
Towards the tail end of last season, there were prattles of strained relations with his players who were apparently unhappy with his methods and training regime. And even though those whispers cannot be heard above the din now, there are simmering tensions within the camp after a run of dismal results.
A draw against the Reds in the previous game may have brought a sense of tranquillity after weeks of unrest, but Leicester are staring down the barrel at a daunting set of fixtures with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Watford all coming up within the next five league games.
Suffice to say, it's going to be the decisive five weeks of Puel's job.