Premier League Managers Who Could Lose Their Jobs After Sheffield Sack Heckingbottom

Premier League Managers Who Could Lose Their Jobs After Sheffield Sack Heckingbottom

Rene Otinga
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Paul Heckingbottom became the first Premier League casualty this season
  • Heckingbottom was sacked after Sheffield United’s 5-0 defeat to Burnley
  • Sports Brief looks at other Premier League managers likely to get sacked

The Premier League has experienced its first managerial sacking as Paul Heckingbottom was relieved of his duties at Sheffield United on Tuesday, December 5.

The Englishman's dismissal came after The Blades suffered an embarrassing 5-0 defeat to fellow top flight strugglers, Burnley over the weekend.

Chris Wilder was confirmed as Heckingbottom’s successor at Sheffield United manager as he takes over his second stint with the Bramall Lane club.

Vincent Kompany, Erik ten Hag, and Andoni Iraola are Premier League managers who could be sacked by their clubs.
A number of Premier League managers’ jobs are on the line. Photo: Matt McNulty/ Warren Little.
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According to the BBC, the club owner, Prince Abdullah confirmed Wilder’s appointment, saying the Englishman was 'the best guy on planet earth to take over the club right now'.

Sheffield United currently sits at the bottom of the pile, four points from safety.

Other EPL managers who could be sacked

In terms of the Premier League sack race, there are several other managers who could have easily been dismissed by their respective clubs because of poor results.

Heckingbottom’s sacking will certainly not be the last in the English top flight this season and Sports Brief looks at other managers whose jobs could be on the line.

1. Steve Cooper, Nottingham Forest

No surprise here, as Nottingham Forest are embroiled in a relegation fight, despite a decent campaign last season.

Forest have lost four out of their last five games, with their latest defeat piling more pressure on the under-fire Cooper.

2. Erik ten Hag, Manchester United

The Manchester United boss was under pressure again after his side’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Saturday, December 2.

United lie in seventh place, a massive nine points off league leaders Arsenal, and are on the brink of UEFA Champions League elimination.

Interesting reports from The Mirror also emerged on Tuesday claiming ten Hag was facing a revolt from a section of the dressing room.

3. Vincent Kompany, Burnley

After an impressive season in the Championship last season, Burnley emphatically bounced back to the Premier League, but the English top flight is a different beast for the Clarets.

Burnley got their second win in the league last weekend at the expense of Sheffield United, but seven points from 14 games is not satisfactory by any standards.

If Manchester City legend, Vincent Kompany fails to find a winning formula soon, he could be next on the chopping block.

4. Andoni Iraola, Bournemouth

Bournemouth is another team flirting with the relegation zone early on in the season.

A spirited 2-2 draw against Aston Villa, The Cherries are only just finding their feet this season, but another poor run of form could spell danger for Andoli Iraola.

Ten Hag addresses United revolt rumours

As Sports Brief also reported, ten Hag addressed reports of a revolt within the Manchester United dressing room on Tuesday.

The embattled Dutch coach battled a fresh wave of criticism after his side’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Saturday.

In the wake of the defeat, ten Hag reportedly lost part of the dressing room after clashing with Anthony Martial during the match.

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