The 2020-21 Premier League season has already produced four managerial casualties so far, with Jose Mourinho's sacking at Tottenham Hotspur the most recent one. Frank Lampard was also relieved of his duties at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, while Slaven Bilic and Chris Wilder suffered a similar fate for their failure to turn around a series of underwhelming results.
With only six games to go in the current campaign, teams are unlikely to part with their managers between now and the end of the season. That said, Mourinho's dismissal was rather expected, least of all ahead of their big Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
In the summer, though, a handful of teams could make a change in the dugout to hopefully enjoy better fortunes in the 2021-22 season. On that note, here are five teams that could replace their managers in the off-season.
#5 Graham Potter | Brighton & Hove Albion
Graham Potter has been hailed as one of the most exciting managers in the Premier League, but Brighton could reluctantly part ways with him at the end of the season. Although the Seagulls have played some good football, they haven't been as consistent as they'd have liked this season, as they currently find themselves dangerously close to the drop zone.
Brighton, though, have a talented squad and play some good football on their day. Their struggle in front of goal is well documented and it could be argued that Potter has been let down by his players in the final third, with their strikers failing to put away several glorious chances over the course of the season.
Potter is a talented manager and won't be short of suitors if he's sacked, but the Seagulls could be tempted to let him go in favor of someone capable of elevating the club to new heights.
#4 Sean Dyche | Burnley
Sean Dyche is currently the longest-serving manager in the Premier League, but Burnley could re-evaluate his position at the end of the season. The Clarets are currently 17th in the table and could well be dragged into a relegation dog fight in the coming weeks, as Fulham aim to pull off a great escape.
Since taking charge in 2012, Dyche has secured promotion twice with Burnley and has consolidated the club's position in the Premier League since returning to the competition in 2016.
His defensive organization has made the Clarets notoriously hard to beat over the years, but Burnley could decide to ditch their current philosophy to reach greater heights next season.
#3 Roy Hodgson | Crystal Palace
Roy Hodgson is the oldest manager in the Premier League and could hang up his boots this summer if Crystal Palace part ways with him. The experienced Englishman has steadied the ship at Selhurst Park and managed to put together an exciting team in recent seasons, but the Eagles haven't really kicked on as well as they'd have liked.
With attacking talent like Wilfred Zaha and Eberechi Eze at the club, Crystal Palace could opt to bring in a younger manager to realize their squad's full potential.
They have been linked with a handful of managers and there is a growing belief that Hodgson and the club will go their separate ways at the end of the season.
#2 Nuno Espirito Santo | Wolverhampton Wanderers
Together with Jorge Mendes, Nuno Espirito Santo has put together an exciting project at Wolves, with the Midlands club rubbing shoulders with the big boys since their return to the Premier League in the 2018-19 season. The Portuguese tactician has been one of the most important figures in the club's recent history, having managed to attract a handful of top-class players over the years.
Wolves, though, could be tempted to try something different for the 2021-22 season, with Nuno's future reportedly hanging in the balance. The former Valencia manager spearheaded the club to the UEFA Europa League semi-final last season, but Wolves have blown hot and cold in the current campaign.
With Jorge Mendes' influence, Wolves could well attract a bigger name if they decide to make a managerial change in the coming months.
#1 Mikel Arteta | Arsenal
Mikel Arteta's inclusion could be a controversial one, but the fact of the matter is that Arsenal's development under the Spaniard has not been plain sailing. The Gunners have shown clear signs of improvement, but they are nowhere close to competing for major honors and tend to blow hot and cold far too often for anyone's liking.
Arteta has steadied the ship since Unai Emery's dismissal and shored things up at the back, but Arsenal tend to lack imagination in attack and have often been slated for being rather uneasy on the eye. Nevertheless, the Spaniard has proved that he is a top coach in the making and has already won a trophy at the Emirates Stadium.
However, if Arsenal's alarming nosedive in recent seasons continues, Arteta's future could well lie away from north London.