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From Solskjaer to Pep: Which Premier League managers could leave their club?

Manchester City are champions, Liverpool ran the Blues close, Chelsea somehow sneaked into the top three and Tottenham Hotspur, despite their brilliant Champions League campaign, lost 13 times but managed to hold off both Arsenal and Manchester United to finish in the top four.

Huddersfield Town endured one of the worst top-flight campaigns of all time and dropped back into the Championship along with Fulham, so ravaged by financial mismanagement, and Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City.

With the summer transfer window looming, and the managerial merry-go-round already in full swing – Brighton & Hove Albion have sacked Chris Hughton despite a 17th-placed finish – Football FanCast takes a close look at every club’s managerial situation.

Who is in danger of the sack? And who is certain to be leading their current employers out on the first day of the 2019-20 campaign?

Take a look below!

Manchester City

Do we even need to write anything here? Pep Guardiola’s job security is about as secure as a triple-bolted door boarded up with wood. The Spaniard has won 198 points across the last two seasons and has just secured a domestic treble of trophies.

Imagine sacking him!


The likelihood of Jurgen Klopp getting sacked is about as improbable as Mike Dean not making everything about himself; pretty far-fetched. The German has begun what feels like a legacy at the club, and even if he doesn’t deliver a trophy this year, his connection with his players and the fanbase is unique.


Nuno Santo’s job at Wolves is as safe as houses. He’s done an exceptional job since taking over and it seems like the sky is the limit for the club at the moment. There’s room for improvement but he’s learning all the time and that will only benefit them even further going forward.

Tottenham Hotspur

Mauricio Pochettino is probably the safest manager in the Premier League when it comes to the project but there are rumblings from the Argentine that he could leave if Spurs win the Champions League. It would be difficult to blame him if he did; it’s a bit like completing Football Manager. Chairman Daniel Levy, though, will be desperate for him to stay.


Sean Dyche basically is Burnley Football Club. He has made them a Premier League club and deserves an immense amount of credit for it – he’s got no chance of being sacked this summer.

Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers is in no danger of losing his job this summer. He’s made the King Power faithful feel positive about their club again and there are so many reasons for Leicester supporters to feel positive about their chances under Rodgers going into the summer and beyond. It’s an exciting time to be involved with the club.


Javi Gracia, Watford manager

Javi Gracia has done a phenomenal job at a Watford team that were expected to struggle this season. An 11th-placed finish – well above the relegation zone – and an FA Cup final marks a very successful season that can be built on in the seasons to come.

AFC Bournemouth

Eddie Howe claps fans

It’s been a strange season for the Cherries, who flirted with relegation but ultimately finished 14th. One feels Eddie Howe might have taken the club as far as they can go; he is perhaps more likely to walk away than get the boot, however.


Unai Emery, one would think, is safe as houses but he needs help. He’s done well to take the Gunners to the Europa League final and, though a top-four finish was beyond them, investment could take them back into the upper echelons of the table next season.


Premier League - Watford v Everton

Everton and Marco Silva went through a bit of a sticky patch just after the turn of the year, but the former Hull boss seems to have ironed out the issues to turn his side into a well-oiled machine. We know what the Goodison Park faithful can get like, however, so he must show that the good end to the season can be sustained or things could go sour.


Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl reacts after draw with Watford

Ralph Hasenhuttl will be absolutely fine. He was appointed in December after the genuinely awful reign of Mark Hughes and he now has a full summer to bring in the players he feels he needs to realise his exciting philosophy at St Mary’s.

West Ham United

Manuel Pellegrini and Jurgen Klopp on the touchline at West Ham

Manuel Pellegrini endured a couple of wobbles this season but West Ham ultimately finished the season in 10th, winning all of their last three games. Investment is likely this summer but the Hammers will be looking to mount a sustained challenge for Europa League football next term.

Huddersfield Town

The worst Premier League side of the last decade, Jan Siewert was dealt a truly terrible hand when he took over in mid-season. He perhaps deserves a shot at bringing them back from the second-tier but, after the rise in quality in the Championship, that would take yet another Terriers miracle.


Maurizio Sarri endured a difficult season for the majority of 2018-19 but he somehow guided the club into the top three. They will be playing Champions League football next season but they will also be under a transfer ban; persuading another manager to move to Stamford Bridge would be a remarkably tough ask. Sarri, then, might just be safe.

Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer probably shouldn’t have even got the job permanently in the first place, but here we are. United’s terrible run of form isn’t being solely blamed on him, but start next season off in similar fashion, and the finger will be pointed at the Norwegian.

Cardiff City

Neil Warnock is one of the most charismatic managers in the game and he did all he could to keep Cardiff up, though he ultimately succumbed to the brutal reality of the Premier League. They could well dispense with him as they look to make an instant return.

Newcastle United

Rafa Benitez gives orders from the touchline (2)

This will be a fascinating summer for Newcastle and Rafa Benitez. He’s in no danger of being sacked but there is the possibility that he’ll leave. He’s one of the best managers in the league still and the Magpies simply have to back him in regards to transfers funds. Otherwise, they can wave adios to their heralded Spanish manager.

Crystal Palace

Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson and the Eagles ended the season well; they won three of their last five games and lost just once, perhaps pointing to a brighter 2019-20 season. They cannot afford to have such awful home form, however; they won just five games at Selhurst Park. Similar struggles next term could see Hodgson dismissed.


Although the Cottagers have only just given Scott Parker the reins, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he was packing his bags again soon. His record with Fulham to date hasn’t been fantastic and you have to doubt whether he’s got the ability to take them back to the top-flight. We could well see another managerial change at Craven Cottage very shortly.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Graham Potter in first Brighton presser

Chris Hughton was sacked after a 17th-placed finish. Graham Potter has now stepped into his shoes after enjoying a promising campaign with Swansea City, and the Seagulls faithful can now look forward to watching him implement an exciting brand of football. Patience is a virtue that may not be afforded to Potter, however, and his players will need to deliver both style and results to keep him at the helm.


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