Job Security

Job Security: Which managers are currently facing the sack?

It's not looking good for a pair of Premier League bosses...

12:35am on Saturday 30th November 2019
Paul Macdonald

In true Football Manager style, we've checked the Job Security of managers and coaches in Europe's top five leagues, plus the English Championship, to assess those who are Very Insecure, and just Insecure. The rest can breathe easy....for now.


EPL Nov 23, 2019 L
  • Have lost to all three promoted clubs this season
  • Only three teams have scored less than their 13 goals
  • Over £250m spent in last 18 months

Marco Silva (Everton)

For all the money Everton have spent, they remain predictably poor, packed with players who have failed at higher levels and Silva is ultimately failing to get anything from them. The 2-0 defeat to a Norwich side who have conceded 28 times in just 13 games wasn't quite the final straw, but it's coming. Everton's next three: Leicester (A), Liverpool (A), Chelsea (H). If Silva's still in the dugout by then, he'll have achieved something special across those three games.

EPL Nov 23, 2019 L
  • One league win since August
  • Six losses in last eight, inc 4-0 hammering in cup to Oxford
  • Replacements to Pellegrini already being lined up

Manuel Pellegrini (West Ham)

West Ham are probably the most talented terrible team in the league, good players lost amidst an ill-fitting system and a desire for self-destruction. It says much about Man Utd, too, that they are the only team the Hammers have defeated since August. Pellegrini has been backed but it's not working. Chelsea and Wolves both away in their next two - it could be all over by next weekend.

UCL Nov 27, 2019 L
  • Dortmund's qualification hangs in balance
  • League form also hugely inconsistent
  • Jadon Sancho row exacerbating Favre issues

Lucien Favre (Dortmund)

Dortmund have an immensely talented squad and when they play well - as their FC Rating of 90 proves - they remain a fantastic watch. But in the past six weeks it hasn't happened often enough and if it wasn't for a comeback from 3-0 down against bottom-placed Paderborn at the weekend, Favre's fate might have been sealed. The club's fallout with Jadon Sancho isn't helping matters either and with plenty of top-class coaches waiting in the wings, this situation may not continue too much longer.


CHA Nov 27, 2019 W
  • First win in over two months
  • Fans seem keen to give Woodgate time
  • But joint-lowest scorers in division (16 in 18)

Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough)

The Championship cull has already happened, in the main, with most teams seeming keen with their lot, and Boro's economical 1-0 win over Barnsley in midweek will keep the wolves from the door for a bit. But no-one is convinced so far, and if Boro get dragged into a relegation battle affirmative action will likely be taken.

FL1 Nov 23, 2019 L
  • Just one Ligue 1 win in nine
  • Fourth-worst GA record in division
  • Three points above relegation zone

Patrick Vieira (Nice)

Around a month ago Patrick Vieira was among names mentioned for the now-vacant Arsenal job, but his name is curiously missing from conversations and it's because his Nice team are underachieving significantly considering the money spent on his team. It's a big week for the World Cup winner - another few poor results and his position will be up for review.

LAL Nov 23, 2019 W
  • Good win v Valencia in last match
  • A decent run of form, just one loss in four
  • Just four points above relegation zone

Rubi (Real Betis)

Betis have good players but aren't achieving their potential and though a few decent recent results has eased the pressure on Rubi slightly - including last weekend's excellent win over Valencia - he will be aware that many coaches below have already been shown the exit door. Betis have scope for improvement but with two games in their next three against teams below them - Mallorca and Espanyol - Rubi is well aware that their recent upturn has to continue.

ISA Nov 23, 2019 L
  • Thumped by Inter in last match
  • Just four wins all season
  • One win in five and pressure mounting

Walter Mazzarri (Torino)

Torino have turned in some horrid displays this season - their 4-0 mauling at Lazio a particular lowlight - but the frustrating thing for Mazzarri will be how well they can play when they put their minds to it, putting in clearly better performances against sides such as Napoli, Atalanta and Juventus. But the inconsistency might well do it for Mazzarri and he is most definitely a few results away from serious pressure.

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