Remi Garde, Ronald Koeman and Roberto Martinez should fear for their jobs more than Louis van Gaal, claims Michael Lintorn...
"Four points from nine games has worsened Aston Villa’s situation rather than alleviating it. Even the maligned Tim Sherwood had three wins by this stage in his tenure, whereas Garde is still searching, losing his latest two to bottom-six foes Norwich and Sunderland."
Louis van Gaal remains the 1/4 favourite in the Next Premier League Manager To Leave Post betting on Betfair.
However, given the restraint shown by Manchester United during their eight-match winless streak and the signs in Saturday's overdue victory against Swansea - in which both Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney scored - that they are recovering, the Dutchman should outlast the storm.
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Though the Frenchman inherited a team in freefall, four points from nine games has worsened Aston Villa's situation rather than alleviating it. Even the maligned Tim Sherwood had three wins by this stage in his tenure, whereas Garde is still searching, losing his latest two to bottom-six foes Norwich and Sunderland.
There is a selection inconsistency which implies that he has no clue what his best XI is, he got into a needless dispute with Sam Allardyce at the Stadium of Light and has upset other managers by pointlessly publicly declaring interest in their players in press conferences. In short, even if you excuse the former Lyon boss for Villa's on-field failings, he isn't helping matters off it either.
Southampton are 12 points and nine places poorer than after 20 fixtures last term. Yes, they thrashed Arsenal 4-0, but the fact that was their sole success in eight - a run littered with six defeats - is almost more damning in illustrating what they are capable of versus what they are delivering.
Koeman has expressed dissatisfaction at their status as "the only team in the Premier League who got money out of the transfer window" and bemoaned indiscipline following the reverse at Norwich, with Sadio Mane turning up late to a meeting and Victor Wanyama getting a silly second yellow. All is clearly not well at St Mary's.
As the odds indicate, Garde and Koeman are far more likely to be pushed next than Martinez, yet it is just as valid to question the Spaniard's position as it is Van Gaal's. Indeed, Everton fans were tiring of their tactician at this time last year and the improvement hasn't been stark enough to dispel all doubts.
Despite possessing tools such as the division's joint-top scorer (Romelu Lukaku), two of its joint-third most potent creators (Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu) and the champions' leading centre-back target (John Stones), they are in the bottom half, haven't beaten anyone above them all campaign and their only league triumphs since October (in 13 games) came against the bottom three.