Aston Villa to Man Utd: Teams Who Have Sacked Their Managers

The Premier League is a tough place for managers to ply their trade as the patience from the ownership is quite low especially for the clubs who have a tough start and are languishing at the bottom of the league. With just twelve games in the league, already we’ve seen five clubs in the Premier League; Aston Villa, Newcastle, Norwich City and Watford make a managerial change.

In this piece, we’re looking at these clubs and how the replacements have settled in at their respective clubs.



Aston Villa made headlines on the front page during the international football break as they sacked club legend Dean Smith and roped in former England and Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard. It was a tough decision for Gerrard to leave Rangers midway through the season when they were looking good for back-to-back titles up in Scotland. But when a club of the stature of Aston Villa comes along it becomes very difficult for any manager to say no. Gerrard has had an instant impact at Villa Park with a clinical 2-0 win in his first game in charge of the club against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Villa now have broken their losing streak and are fifteenth in the table with 13 points to their name. Gerrard mentioned in his presser that he would love to take Villa back to the European stage. This season might be too soon for that but it seems like a long term project under Gerrard.



After numerous tumultuous years under the ownership of Mike Ashely, Newcastle United fans see the light at the end of the tunnel with the very recent takeover by the Saudis. The fans were also unhappy with the way Steve Bruce was managing the squad and they got their wishes to come true as the new owners have appointed Eddie Howe as the new manager. The Magpies are still to taste a win in the season and a genuine relegation contender sitting dead last in the league. Howe has a big uphill task ahead of him and would be looking at bringing in some quality in the January transfer window.



Just a couple of match weeks before, many people were certain that Norwich would be one of the clubs that will be relegated this season. The Canaries over the years has been a yo-yo club that keeps getting promoted to the Premier League but fails to stay for long periods. Daniel Farke, the former coach had already seen the drop with Norwich and before it became too late this season, the club decided to part ways with Farke. They have brought in Dean Smith who had a successful spell in the Premier League with Aston Villa. The move has paid off already as Norwich got a win in Smith’s first game in charge.



To no one’s surprise, Watford went ahead and sacked their manager yet again. Jurgen Klopp summed it up pretty well when he said that before one gets time to know the name of the colleague, the man is gone and a new person is set to take over. Former Premier League winner with Leicester City, Claudio Ranieri has been given the job for the season and the Italian seems to be getting the best out of the squad at his disposal. The most recent 4-1 win over Manchester United proves that Ranieri is getting the hang of the job and can be the person who can keep Watford in the league this season.



Manchester United became the latest Premier League club to pull the plug on their manager. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had the worst spell at the club as the manager and in a season where fans expected the team to bridge the gap to the top of the table has gone entirely wrong. The manager seemed to have lost the dressing room and after some shambolic performances in the league meant that it was time for him to go. The club doesn’t seem prepared for this moment and have put assistant manager Michael Carrick as the interim manager for now. There are reports that Ralf Rangnick is close to signing with the club as the interim manager.




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