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Managerial merry-go-round set to start

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 25 May 2015

Derby boss Steve McClaren could be one of the big movers of this summer's managerial merry-go-round

Derby boss Steve McClaren could be one of the big movers of this summer’s managerial merry-go-round

The conclusion of the Premier League campaign usually brings with it the annual managerial merry-go-round.  The final day saw Hull City join QPR and Burnley in being relegated to the Championship for next season.

Hull could only muster a goalless draw with Manchester United, while Newcastle secured a rare victory by beating West Ham 2-0 at St James Park to confirm their safety and send the Tigers down.


Ironically both Steve Bruce who was relegated with Hull and Newcastle’s John Carver may just suffer the same fate this summer in being shown the exit door at their respective clubs.

Bruce has done a lot for the Tigers in his managerial career, but he has also spent quite a lot of money by the modest standards of Hull City. The former-Manchester United boss has already admitted he is unsure of his fate this summer.

His team have looked like a mass shambles for much of the campaign and have struggled for goals. In the end the Tigers were made to pay for their lack of goals and even on the last day they could not score a legitimate goal, despite having two ruled out through offside.

John Carver was only ever keeping the seat warm for somebody else to come in this summer. His awful record in charge of the team must see him replaced.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley did his first interview in eight years yesterday and he actually sounded quite honest and ambition in what he said. No doubt in the coming weeks the Magpies hierarchy will be looking for a new boss. That is if they have any sense anyway.

Ashley claimed that he would not be choosing the next boss. Let’s just hope for the Magpies sake the next decision is a better one.

Derby’s Steve McClaren has been regarded as one of the frontrunners for the job and is reported to have been asked to resign by the Rams hierarchy. This could be down to the fact that the former-Borough has refused to rule himself out of taking over at Newcastle.


Sam Allardyce had looked like a dead man walking in the East End for good while and yesterday he was told his contract with the Irons would not be renewed. His reaction to the decision was one that he felt it was the right move for everybody.

He has done a good job in establishing the Irons as a Premier League team, but he could not give the clubs owners what they wanted on a regular basis, which is attractive attacking football. The 60-year-old was never going to be able to change his whole personality and style just to fit West Ham.

The team were playing some good stuff in the first half of the season, but two wins in their last 15 games is a terrible record.

The Irons owners will now start the process of finding a boss that can give them what they require, which is a team that plays entertaining football.


Then we come to veteran Dutchman Dick Advocaat, who came into Sunderland like a white knight on a horse and rescued the Black Cats from their perennial fight against relegation to the Championship.

The former-Holland boss has been offered a contract extension in the north east and has revealed that he will give the club an answer on Thursday. The 67-year-old has asked for assurances from Black Cats owner Ellis Short that the club will invest in players this summer.

The US businessman has not seemed that keen on pumping his money into the club in the past, so I do not see why he should all of a sudden change his ways now. However he may invest in his squad to keep the experienced Dutchman at the Stadium of Light next season.

Liverpool have endured a difficult end to the campaign, as the Reds suffered a 6-1 defeat at Stoke in Steven Gerrard’s final game for the club. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers responded to the defeat by offering his resignation to the clubs owners.

The Reds have gone from title challengers to finishing sixth place in the table this season and have enjoyed a difficult campaign. It remains to be seen if Rodgers will still be with the Reds at the start of next season.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has been linked with an exit from the Etihad Stadium, but the Chilean has insisted that he is staying at the club. That remains to be seen Manuel.


Every summer we do not just get the movement of players, but the movement of managers as well which makes summers far more interesting. The lack of football is made up for slightly by the merry-go-round that is Premier League manager’s jobs.

It will be interesting to see how many current Premier League bosses are still at the same club come the start of next season. By today’s standards very few managers are safe this summer.

Will there be many Premier League managerial departures this summer?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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