Underperforming teams are managed by underperforming managers, leading to unhappy fans and an unhappy chairman. For the managers of the 92 clubs there can be no hiding place. We take a look at the leading candidates in the sack race heading in to the New Year.
Holloway – Millwall
Holloway’s initial impact at Millwall has fizzled out and his style of energising the players is not working with The Lions playing more like pussy cats at present. If his press conferences are anything to go by he looks like he’s lost the energy for the job and seems to have lost his ability to transmit his oomph to the players crossing the white line.
Awford – Portsmouth
Awford has been awful, well at least his Portsmouth team have been. A reasonably big club like Portsmouth are languishing in 15th place in the division going into the New Year after being installed as favourites in pre-season. Pompey are winless in their last 5 games. Awford has also been criticized by his own backroom team, something which he admitted openly and actually cited as a positive. Pompey fans may be wishing for a manager and team with a stronger backbone in the New Year.
Pearce – Nottingham Forest
Something is obviously wrong with player application – Has Psycho lost the dressing room? Nottingham Forest started the season in fantastic form and it really looked like they would be a dominant force in the Championship this season with Antonio and Assombalonga scoring for fun. However, they have not won in their last 6 games.
Redfearne – Leeds
Neil Redfearne played 790 times in The Football League, the fifth highest appearance maker of all time. However, football management is a different ball game completely and Redfearne’s limited managerial experience is not helping him in one of the toughest managerial jobs in football; the Leeds United hotseat. That hotseat has only got hotter with the arrival of current club owner Massimo Cellino. The shady character, with even shadier sunglasses has a reputation for axing managers in Italy and has already hired and fired this season. Leeds have slipped to 20th place in the table after losing 3 of their last 4 matches. Cellino’s fingers will be poised on the trigger.