The Ax is looming, who goes next?

How religious are you? Have you ever been in a revival session? It’s a supercharged environment where literal miracles can happen. Imagine a place where people are gathered in prayer waiting for when it will be their turn to receive a miracle. And then it happens, the first person “falls under the anointing” and it signals a turning point in the session.  

That first miracle means that there will now be more on the way and when the floodgates open, everybody and anybody can be next to receive their miracle. 

Watford officially opened the floodgates for managerial firings when they decided to let go of Xisco Munoz, but who will be next to get the chop? 

Steve Bruce – Newcastle

Steve Bruce would love the fact that he could be entrusted with a much larger transfer kitty but he must have it at the back of his mind, he knows that the already thin ice he was treading just lost another inch of thickness after Newcastle’s takeover was completed. 

Newcastle are 19th on the table and Bruce doesn’t seem to have the personality to keep them up regardless of who they are able to get in the winter window. If things don’t get much better soon, then The Magpies’ new owners would have no choice but to let him go so the next manager doesn’t start with an insurmountable challenge this season or in the Championship next season

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – Manchester United

Solskjear has had trying times as United boss. A slew of semifinal losses, a group stage Champions League exit, and a Europa League final loss, but he has also had some relative success, helping the club finish in the top four for consecutive seasons for the first time since Sir Alex Fergusson. In all that time, he never had to deal with the entire club fanbase being of the opinion that he should be out of a job

But after signing Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, the results for Manchester United have been as inconsistent as ever under Ole and the excuses are running out. Now more than ever, the United fan base is not divided about whether Ole should be manager, they want him out. As we’ve seen with Ed Woodward and Jose Mourinho, once the United fans want you out, then it’s only a matter of time before you see the exit door. 

Ronald Koeman – Barcelona

There was a time where it made sense to keep Ronald Koeman, and some will tell you that that line of thought is still valid despite Barcelona’s current struggles. 

The club is in dire straits on and off the pitch and even though he doesn’t have the pressure of failing with Lionel Messi on his shoulders, he will soon come to realise that the fans of Barcelona will see failure without Messi just the same as with the diminutive giant. 

Cules are unforgiving of anything that is not resounding success and even though Koeman has recently been backed by Barcelona President Joan Laporta, the pressure to get him out of the door could become too much for Laporta to bear if Barcelona do not start looking like they are challenging for a treble this season. Given the squad they have (primed for the future not so much the present), it’s unlikely that they will and so it’s unlikely that Koeman will remain boss for much longer. 

Nuno Espirito Santo – Tottenham

Nuno’s start to life at Tottenham was rosy and full of promise. A win against defending champions Manchester City even without star forward Harry Kane was as good a start as any manager would dream of. Things have gone from heaven to hell for Espirito Santo since as Spurs have struggled and lost three league games on the bounce including a horrific 3-1 North London Derby loss at Arsenal. 

So far, Nuno has failed to establish any real tactical stronghold on Spurs as he has moved from trial tactic to trial tactic resulting in varying performances for Tottenham over the course of the season. Currently sitting in 8th, Nuno has to find a way to stamp his authority on Spurs otherwise, he could find out like his mentor and predecessor did that Daniel Levy is not a very patient man. 

Like the old saying goes. There are only two types of football managers. Those who have been sacked and those waiting to get sacked. So which of these guys will be joining the latter group sooner rather than later? Let us know in the comments.

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