One of the most interesting talking points over the first couple of months of the Premier League season is always that which centers around which manager will be the first to be fired.
Sometimes managerial positions just don’t work out as well as clubs would have hoped, and due to the financial gains that are there to be made in the Premier League, the trigger needs to be pulled to get a new manager bounce.
Who Will Be the First Premier League Boss Fired?
But, which managers are in the most danger of being the first to be fired from their position in the 2021-22 season?
Managers Feeling The Pressure
Mikel Arteta has been the favorite to be the first manager to be given his marching orders since the opening weekend of the season. The Gunners boss has been under pressure since the back end of last season, as the club missed out on European football for the first time in 26 years.
Arteta failed to hit the ground running, as Arsenal lost both of their opening three league games. However, wins in their last three has eased the pressure slightly.
Across North London, Nuno Espirito Santo may already be beginning to feel the pressure at Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs won their opening three games, but have lost their last three, conceding at least three in each match.
The performances have also been well below what they need to be, with Harry Kane failing to make an impression so far in the league. Struggling Newcastle and Norwich managers Steve Bruce and Daniel Farke will also need to turn their fortunes around to improve their job security.
Big Period For Some Managers
Some managers further up the standings may feel safe at present, but a difficult run of fixtures could immediately see the pressure on them rise. This couldn’t be more of the case than it is for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Red Devils face a must-win game against Villarreal in the Champions League on Wednesday. Defeat could leave their European hopes hanging in the balance, and with huge games against Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool creeping into sight, the Red Devils will need to build momentum if the Norwegian boss is to stay in the hot seat at Old Trafford.
Watford have enjoyed a steady return back in the Premier League this season, but their habit of sacking managers when all appears well will only be too familiar with fans.
Xisco hasn’t done a particularly bad job with the Hornets, getting them back into the Premier League, and also winning two of their opening six games to sit in the middle of the standings. However, a run of defeats could alter his security, as a move towards the relegation places could signal the end.
Ralph Hassenhuttl is the final manager that could begin to come under pressure, as the Saints have failed to win in the Premier League so far. Southampton also ended the 2020-21 season in poor fashion, winning just twice in their last eight.
Despite being highly regarded at the club, an extended wait for a first win could see his position come untenable.