Managers who are under pressure to deliver

As a new season of football is about to kick off many fans have great expectations and with such lofty goals comes the harsh realities of not achieving those goals and leads to the inevitable sacking of a manager, such is the realities of the beautiful game for manager across the globe.

This is my humble estimation is some of the managers that are under pressure to lead their sides to the promised land, failure of which will lead to mounting pressure for the manager’s head.

Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta’s first full season in charge of the Gunners went as well as a shy boy asking out the prettiest girl in the school, crash and burn, as the London side failed to qualify for any of Europe’s to competition, a first in more than two decades, of course there were underlying issues like a failure to sign a creative midfielder as evidenced by the lack chances Arsenal created last season but the Spaniard manager was not free of blame, his inability to unlock Auba’s scoring ability and his insistence of playing underperforming players like Willian didn’t win him any fans.

This upcoming season he needs to marshall his to a respectable top-six place, which should return the Gunners to a European berth, champions league return would an excellent season but a bit far-fetched looking at the competition around them.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The Norwegian manager last season oversaw an impressive second-place finish even though they were never a threat to usurp Manchester City to the crown they ultimately showed they weren’t a million miles away from the noisy neighbors and pre-Messi leaving Barca for PSG and Manchester City dropping 100 million pounds on signing Jack Grealish, the Red Devils were undoubtedly the winners of the transfer window as they signed Jadon Sancho, who is poised to terrorize Premier League defenses and a soon to officially announced deal of a serial winner in defensive supremo Raphael Varane, a team that finished second strengthened like a team ready to fight tooth and nail for the league crown and more. So after all that it is now ultimately on the manager to make sure these signings work, Ole has been with the Red Devils for close to three seasons and counting so he knows the in and outs of the job, his football philosophy has been questioned with many pundits and fans seeing his style being more counteroffensive rather than a team that takes initiative, so with a summer outlay that firmly placed them as one of the teams to watch, the Norwegian needs his team to perform and bring back trophies to Old Trafford, failure to do so and the sack might come for him.

Mauricio Pocchetino

PSG had one of their strongest seasons since the Qatari owners took over the club, a champions league chase was cut short and to add insult to injury, Chelsea led by PSG’s former manager, Thomas Tuchel went on to win the champions league title in an all English final and that’s not even counting the Parisians surrender of their Ligue 1 title, most managers would have received the sack but PSG reinforced and how do you reinforce a team that already had Mbappe and Neymar, by adding a leader and winner like Sergio Aguero, a galloping fullback in Hakimi, an industrious Wijnaldum and to piece altogether they managed to snag Lionel Messi, consensus greatest player of all time to their ranks. Expectations for the French capital are now won or bust in the champions league with the firepower they have, failure to win Europe’s premier competition will be seen as one of the greatest failures in European history and there will be no hiding for Poch.

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