Niall McIntyre questions whether Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will be the winner of the dreaded sack race, as the Merseyside outfit continue to disappoint.
Ten weeks in to the Premier League season and we have not yet witnessed a sacking victim, a refreshing statistic considering the fickle world that is modern day football. However, many are sailing close to the wind, and the sometimes nonsensical lust for change culminates in a perilous world for the modern day manager.
Those who have felt the wrath of this recent trend more often than not point to similar scenarios and tend to be singing in vein off the same hymn sheet; a loopy owner (step up Vincent Tan), an unwelcoming set of supporters, a lethargic group of players. Look at poor Andre Villas-Boas who encountered all of the above and more, not once but twice!
One name seems to be dominating the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately, and that man is Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. Niall McIntyre discusses.
Brendan Rodgers – Liverpool
For this writer, Brendan Rodgers is undoubtedly candidate number one to win the sack race, a true indicator of the precarious, whimsical world of modern football. A man who appeared to smoothly acquire a golden touch last season as his all-guns-blazing Liverpool side swept their opponents aside with some style, Rodgers has seen a dramatic turnaround in fortunes.
Their gung-ho attacking approach almost garnered the coveted Premier League crown and their smooth passing style was almost irresistible, a testament to the Northern Irishman. What a difference a year makes as his reconstructed Reds minus a certain Uruguayan languish twelve points behind leaders Chelsea.
The products of the transfer window resemble the root of Liverpool’s problem, The detrimental loss of Suarez coupled with the ill equipped replacements assembled for roughly £100 million do not bode well with regard to the fate of Rodgers. From the well documented failings of Mario Balotelli to the yet-to-sparkle Lazar Markovic, Alberto Moreno, Dejan Lovren, Emre Can et al., their problems reverberate throughout the team. Even the erratic Simon Mignolet’s incompetence resonates with the consequentially error prone defence.
Rodgers, who had the world at his feet less than six months ago appears to be shellshocked, unresponsive to the failings of his side. Calls for his head are undoubtedly premature, but as we know the Premier League waits for no man. Rodgers and his side are currently stuck in a rut with a quick fix needed.
Sean Dyche – Burnley
A man who was rightly hailed for his achievements last season as he guided Burnley to promotion, Dyche has endured a nightmare start to the 2014/15 Premier League season.
An unsuccessful transfer window saw few reinforcements acquired and has contributed to their sluggish start. With ten games played, four points, and just four goals scored, the threat of relegation is already looming large. The period f0r acclimatising to their new surroundings has been exceeded, and Burnley FC and Dyche require an urgent solution.
Paul Lambert – Aston Villa
Prior to Sunday’s loss to Tottenham, Paul Lambert’s Villains had not scored in their previous five Premier League games, almost five hundred minutes of football. Those statistics are damming and reflect poorly on Mr. Lambert.
Many other managers will be hesitantly looking over their shoulder as we approach the festive period. From Harry Redknapp to Gus Poyet to Mauricio Pochettino, the sack race could be won by a number of managers. One thing is for sure however, its first victim should know their fate in the coming month.
Niall McIntyre, Pundit Arena.