Premier League Next Manager To Leave Odds
Bob Bradley’s hiring by Swansea City was cheered in the United States. While American players had broken through in Europe and could be found in many of the top leagues across the pond, the same wasn’t true of managers. No American had ever been in charge of a team from one of Europe’s top five leagues. But Bradley had finally made it.
Unfortunately, Bradley only “made it” for 11 matches. He was fired just few days after the Christmas by Swansea, ending the second-shortest managerial tenure in Premier League history. Bradley never hid that his dream was always to manage in a big European league. It’s why he took the long, hard road to get his chance when MLS teams would have begged him to take their job and made him one of the league’s highest paid coaches. Sources close to the Swansea owners told ESPN FC that the decision to part company with Bradley, the first American to manage a Premier League team, was made with "great reluctance" because of a determination for the appointment to work. “I knew exactly what I was getting into when I came to Swansea and realized the hardest part was always going to be getting points in the short run," Bradley told NBC Sports' Pro Soccer Talk after the club confirmed his dismissal. "But I believe in myself and I believe in going for it. That’s what I’ve always told my players. Football can be cruel and to have a chance you have to be strong. I wish Swansea the best and look forward to my next challenge'' he added.
The main favorites of replacing him in the front of Swansea are Ryan Giggs, Alan Pardew,Gary Rowett and Roy Hugdson.
Before Bob Bradley, the last manager to be sacked in the Premier League was Alan Pardew of Crystal Palace who was sacked less than a week before Bradley. This fact emphasizes that, as the last week of the year is fulfilled with matches in one of the best championships of the world, the list of the managers that leaves their club before the first days of 2017 is still open.
From a sacking perspective the top-flight had been a relatively serene affair with Francesco Guidolin (Swansea) the only casualty in the opening four months. However, both Alan Pardew and now Bradley have both been dismissed, meaning other gaffers will no doubt be fearing for their own futures at their respective clubs. Phelan has been in charge of Hull since Steve Bruce's shock departure just three weeks before the beginning of the season. It's been a difficult start to life in the dugout for Phelan following a turbulent summer for the Premier League new boys. At the time of writing the Tigers are rock-bottom of the table and four points adrift of safety. Phelan's troops have only three wins to their name all season, while they're currently on a seven game winless streak; losing their last three on the spin.
Watford (10th) many only have won one of their last six matches but it's still a surprise to see Walter Mazzarri. Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka is in the frame too, with Sunderland's David Moyes also not being fotgotten, whereas Slaven Bilic is looking to gain some confidence following West Ham's recent good form.