No surprise to see Mark Hughes get the boot, following up defeat to Newcastle with an FA Cup loss at lowly Coventry, tipping the Stoke City owners over the edge.
This means that of the seven Premier League clubs currently below Newcastle in the table, six of them have sacked their managers in the last seven months.
Southampton kicked it all off, sacking Claude Puel after only one season, a season in which they reached the League Cup final and ended the campaign eighth in the Premier League (Claude Puel has gone to Leicester and done a very good job, they are now in eighth…).
They are now 17th and only out of the relegation zone on goal difference. Puel sacked in June before the season even kicked off.
With Hughes going yesterday, it means that since June there have been eight Premier League clubs who have sacked their managers and six of them are below Newcastle.
14 June 2017 – Southampton sacked Claude Puel and replaced him with Mauricio Pellegrino
11 September 2017 – Crystal Palace sack Frank de Boer – Replaced by Roy Hodgson
17 October 2017 – Leicester sack Craig Shakespeare – Replaced by Claude Puel
23 October 2017 – Everton sack Ronald Koeman – Replaced by Sam Allardyce
6 November 2017 – West Ham sack Slaven Bilic – Replaced by David Moyes
20 November 2017 – West Brom sack Tony Pulis – Replaced by Alan Pardew
20 December 2017 – Swansea sack Paul Clement – Replaced by Carlos Carvalhal
6 January 2018 – Stoke sack Mark Hughes – Replaced by ???
Current Premier League table:
So the question is, are any/many of these clubs better off after sacking their managers?
Well, what I would say is that of the replacements, apart from maybe Claude Puel, I wouldn’t be impressed if any of the rest of them ever turned up at St James Park (in certain cases…once again).
The sacking of Mark Hughes actually means that remarkable, Rafa Benitez is the eighth longest-serving manager amongst the 20 Premier League clubs. with actually three of the eight coming up from the Championship only last summer.
Premier League managers who have been in their jobs the longest:
1 October 1996 – Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)
12 October 2012 – Eddie Howe (Bournemouth)
30 October 2012 – Sean Dyche (Burnley)
27 May 2014 – Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham)
31 December 2014 – Chris Hughton (Brighton)
8 October 2015 – Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
9 November 2015 – David Wagner (Huddersfield)
11 March 2016 – Rafa Benitez (Newcastle United)
27 May 2016 – Jose Mourinho (Man Utd)