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There are 2 months left to the end of the first half of the season, and only roughly about 3 months since the 2016-17 season EPL began. Given the job instability managers in the top flight get to experience, it’s not surprising that a sack has already occurred.

Swansea parted ways with Italian manager Francesco Guidolin a little over a fortnight ago, and expect a few clubs to follow suit before the season ends if the good results don’t come early enough. And here are 3 coaches who could get the boot sooner or later.

David Moyes

The Black Cats haven’t only failed to win a game out of all 9 played thus far in the topflight, they are close to making history by equalling their record of a worst return of points after 10 games.

Currently 20th on the log with 2 points, Sunderland host Arsenal on Saturday, and a victory isn’t just unlikely, picking up a point against the visitors can’t be assured.

And only one man will always take the blame – their Scottish manager. Since leaving Everton, Moyes have always been shown the exit at every club he went to, regardless of the league. Hence an imminent sack isn’t entirely a new thing to the former Sir Alex Ferguson successor.

Although, Sunderland aren’t new to relegation struggles and winning the battle over and over again, there is a feeling they might lose this one if the man unable to get victory against any club whatsoever, big or little remains for far too long and cause irreparable damage. Moyes’ days are numbered.

Jose Mourinho

For real?

First off, while it might be too early to discard United’s title chances, they are quickly beginning to look like a club that will rather struggle to end in 4th position no matter how hard they try this season. And failure to finish in top 4 will almost certainly hand the Portuguese a 2nd sack letter in as many seasons.

However, the Red Devils might not have to wait till May to make a decision. They have already lost 3 games this term, and currently sitting in 7th place. Any more losses before mid season will only push Jose to the edge of being fired.

If the team can’t be in top 4 by Christmas, they can as well forget about winning the league, and there would be doubts over Mourinho’s ability to return the club to the top. They might not be patient enough for him to make squad additions and changes in winter.

After all, he isn’t irreplaceable as Chelsea have proven, and the club risks missing out of the Champions League for a consecutive season if results don’t change. His job is on the line. Except things change for good.

Mike Phelan

Since his confirmation on the 13th as the club’s official manager, Hull’s former assistant coach and caretaker manager is yet to pick up a win.

Voted as the EPL Manager of the month of August, he hasn’t seen the needed results, and just maybe when the Tigers thought sticking with him could help keep things in shape, they won’t stop to fall apart.

It’s been 5 consecutive league losses for a side that started the league as the prospective Leicester City of this season, and with Watford and Southampton next, that next victory isn’t just coming anything soon.

How many more losses before last season’s Championship play-off winners show Phelan the exit? That good luck charm stopped working already.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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