Following the drama from last week in North London that saw Spurs swap Mauricio Pochettino for Jose Mourinho in less than 24 hours, the weekend results could churn out two more London casualties … one of them also from North London!
Arsenal needed a last-minute equaliser to earn a home draw against struggling Southampton – a result that did under-pressure Unai Emery no favours. The reaction of the home fans after the game suggested that time is almost up for Emery. If Emery gets sacked – according to the media, his potential replacement is already being lined up – it would be unprecedented in the Premier League to see great rivals Spurs and Arsenal fire their managers within such a short space of time.
Meanwhile, further across town, things are not looking so rosey at another London club, West Ham. Manuel Pellegrini was brought in to get the Hammers to challenge for the top six or at worst top 8. They are currently battling relegation having taken 2 points from their last 7 games since getting thumped 4-0 by Oxford in the League Cup. Their latest reverse came on Saturday at home to Mourinho’s Spurs with a late comeback masking an otherwise uninspired performance. To make matters worse for West Ham, their next three games are against Chelsea away, a resurgent Wolves away and Arsenal. On current form, it’s hard to see them taking any points from those fixtures. Expect to see Rafa Benitez roll in with his pencil and notebook to try to revive fortunes at West Ham sooner than later.
If you think Emery and Pellegrini are under pressure, Marco Silva’s job at Everton is hanging by the most meagre of threads right now. A 2-0 home reverse to whipping boys Norwich is likely to signal the end of the road for Silva. If anything, expectations at Everton would have been even higher than at West Ham this season. Everton are traditionally a strong team, particularly at home. Losing like they did to Norwich without even scoring a goal against one of the worst defences in the league will have the Everton hierarchy also scrambling to find a replacement before the busy christmas season.
So, expect the manager merry-go-round to gather some pace over the next few days or weeks. Benitez to West Ham or Everton, Pochettino to Bayern Munich or Manchester United (note their 3-3 draw at Sheff United will add to the board’s pressure to swap Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Poch), Eddie Howe to Arsenal … these could all happen.