It is often said that there are only two kinds of coaches — those who are in a job and those who are out of a job.
From results so far garnered in just a few weeks of resumption of league football across Europe, it is clear that some coaches will soon be out of a job.
The business of club management has in recent years become so risky that coaches now tend to weigh their options critically before taking up some jobs, no matter how lucrative.
While some coaches appear to be safe from the sudden hammer of summary dismissal because of their fine run in the league so far, others are already mired in the troubled waters of uncertainty as pressure mounts on them to perform or get out.
Coaches like Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone, Jose Mourinho, Thomas Tuchel, Rafael Benitez, Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Klopp and a host of selected few can be said be immune from the present danger of a sack, others like Massimiliano Allegri, Ronald Koeman, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and Mikel Arteta are already fighting to stave off the threats of sack just a few weeks of the leagues’ take-off.
If there is any coach that the odds is favouring to get the sack, that man is Mikel Arteta.
If fans had been willing to show some patience and solidarity with the youthful coach since he replaced Unai Emery in December 2019, they have apparently run out of patience since the beginning of the current season after three losses from four league matches that have left the club in 16th place.
Long suffering fans of the club who had hoped the expensive outlay on players, leading to the splashing of cash on 6 players during the transfer window would improve the fortunes of the club have been left even more disappointed as results keep plummeting.
Now, there is talk that he is being considered for the chop unless, of course, he steadies the Gunners’ fast sinking ship without delay.
Roland Koeman is on the verge of being sacrificed for the faltering steps his team, Barcelona has been taking since the beginning of the season.
The Dutch manager had been left to stay on on the Barca hotseat after winning the Copa del Rey and narrowly missing out of winning the La Liga title last season.
Now, after he was allowed to splash the cash and bring in new players in an attempt to mitigate the blow of Lionel Messi’s exit, the former defender can no longer be excused for not delivering on the job.
A poor start to the league and Wednesday’s dismal showing against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League has led to questions about his ability the club out of the woods, particularly in the post-Messi era.
OLE GUNNAR SOLKSJAER
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is the next man who could get the sack before December.
After three years in which he has been given all the support he needs to return Manchester United to former glory days, the Norwegian manager has often flattered to deceive with fans getting increasingly frustrated by his tactical naivety especially in games where his team are expected to close out games when they find themselves in the driver’s seat.
That he has missed three opportunities to bring important trophies to Old Trafford is considered as offensive to the fans as his latest blunder in a Champions League game against Young Boys of Switzerland.
Red Devils’ faithful believe a more tactically aware coach could have done better than opting to substitute Cristiano Ronaldo with Jesse Lingard against their Swiss opponents at a time they were chasing a second goal to close the match.
They are convinced a more gifted tactician would have run away with a victory on that occasion.
There are even calls that he be sacked and replaced by presently out-of-job, Antonio Conte.
Massimiliano Allegri has raised the red flag with a series of indifferent performances since returning to coach the club this summer.
His return to Juventus isn’t looking such a good idea to the club’s bosses, afterall. He had been seen as the man to return the club to winning ways after they they lost the Italian league title to Inter Milan last season.
However, his decision to allow talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo leave in what was seen as the club’s attempt to take the Portuguese’s huge wage bills off the club’s salary template appears to be backfiring as his contributions are being already missed.
Unless he finds a way to make his players, particularly his front men firing on all cylinders on a consistent basis in a league that promises so much in terms of competition this season, Allegri may soon find himself out of his job.
Juve’s bosses have shown they have no room for mediocrity as the sacking of the duo of Maurizio Sarri and Andrea Pirlo have shown in the last two seasons.