This week has been a pretty big week for managerial sackings in the Premier League, particularly in West London. Two of its top tier sides saw their managers axed in the form of Roberto Di Matteo and Mark Hughes, and whilst the former came as something of a surprise, the latter certainly did not.
Hughes had failed to register a win all season with QPR, who after yesterdays 3-1 defeat to Manchester United remain winless and are still languishing at the bottom of the table. In stark contrast, Roberto De Matteo won the Champions League with Chelsea in May, to add to the FA Cup he also won in his first season in charge. Yet following a 3-0 defeat to Juventus that leaves the club looking at the stark prospect of becoming the first winners of the competition to exit at the Group Stages, owner Roman Abramovic, hardly known for his patience, decided to wield the axe, and appoint former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez on an interim basis.
In the wake of all this, there may be a few more Premier League managers getting a little bit twitchy on the back of a few bad results. Football is a funny old business, and in spite of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrating 26 years at the helm this year, very few others enjoy such longevity.
After being eliminated from the Champions League Group Stages for a second year running, is Man City manager Roberto Mancini safe, and what about another former Chelsea manager, Andre Villas-Boas?
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This article was first posted on November 26, 2012