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The Premier League sack race - who deserves the chop after poor start?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Mauricio Pochettino and Marco Silva are all under serious pressure at Manchester United, Tottenham and Everton

The international break is often seen as the ideal time for clubs to wield the axe on under-fire managers.
It gives them time to bring in a replacement who can engross himself with his new surroundings.
And the squad then also has a small period to work with the manager as he implements new tactics and strategies for games coming up.
As things stand, none of the most under-pressure bosses have been sacked ahead of next weekend’s return to Premier League action.
But the likes of Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino and Everton’s Marco Silva are certainly on thin ice.
Starsport assesses whether the Red Devils, Spurs or the Toffees should be taking their chance to make a change right now.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Manchester United are in absolute turmoil and it seems there is very little light at the end of the tunnel for Solskjaer.
The fact relegation seems a more likely outcome than a top-four finish after just eight games of the new season speaks volumes.
United have endured their worst start to a Premier League campaign, and there are many at fault for the club’s decline.
The owners have treated United as a business rather than a football club for too long, Ed Woodward has failed when it comes to crucial management and transfer decisions, and the players themselves have let the fans down.

While sacking Solskjaer would certainly not solve the Red Devils’ problems, keeping him at the helm is hardly helping matters.
A strong start to life as interim boss saw the board make another rash decision in appointing the inexperienced Norwegian on a full-time basis far too prematurely.

Their slump in the final two months of last season has run over into the 2019/20 campaign.
With just two Premier League wins from eight attempts and some particularly uninspiring performances in the Europa League and Carabao Cup, United have to bring in someone with a proven track record at the top level that will truly motivate the team long term and lure more rising stars to Old Trafford.
The premise of how Solskjaer intends to rebuild the side is a solid foundation to work on, shown by the positive impacts Dan James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire have made.
But there are too many further issues with the squad and off the pitch for a man like Solskjaer to cope with.
Should he be sacked? YES
Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham ’s slump has lasted longer than United’s, dating back to when their title bid began to crumble in February.
And while a Champions League final was reached in sensational circumstances, domestic form has been a continuous worry for fans.
Pochettino has lost the European card too following the 7-2 home drubbing from Bayern Munich last week.
But does he deserve to be axed by Daniel Levy after all the great progressive work he has achieved in north London since 2014?
Longevity is rare in football these days, especially when it comes to management.
The big confusion surrounds why a team with Tottenham’s talent has gone so stale.
And maybe this case with Spurs proves why it is good to see change at a club, even when progress is being made.
Sir Alex Ferguson was the best example of keeping a team motivated after years at the club - and the key was he properly refreshed the side at least every four or five years.
Spurs have continued to build on the same model for a similar period of time now.
However, given the high regard in which Pochettino is held in world football with admirers at Real Madrid and United, perhaps Tottenham’s best bet is to bank on their manager rather than the underperforming players.
If they can back the Argentinian in the transfer market for an overhaul to take Tottenham into a new era, there would be no better man the club could get to lead them through it than Pochettino.
Should he be sacked? NO
Marco Silva
Everton got what they wished for when it came to appointing Silva as manager in the summer of 2018.
But unfulfilled potential is the view of many when it comes to the Portuguese as opposed to him still having a promising future.
Silva succeeded Sam Allardyce in the Goodison Park dugout over a year ago.
And the idea was he would bring in an attractive style of play which would see Everton return to competing with the top six.
However, after an underwhelming first campaign in charge, Silva has hardly kicked on after another summer of spending.

In fact, Everton have dropped off a cliff as they now hover just inside the relegation zone.
A season more focused towards survival than European qualification is now on the cards.
Starsport even understands Silva has just three games now to save his job, including their Carabao Cup fourth-round tie with his old club and bottom of the table Watford.
West Ham at home and Brighton away comes next for the Toffees, with a welcoming run to follow.
Do Everton stick or twist? It looks like they really could do better than Silva.

Should he be sacked? YES

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