Premier League sack race: Who will get the boot first?

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With several teams struggling near the bottom of the Premier League after less than encouraging starts. Fox Sports Asia takes a look at the early contenders for the sack.

Mark Hughes – Stoke City
Stoke’s disappointing start to the season is a mystery to many given the strength of their squad and the considerable talent that Hughes recruited in the summer. Sunday’s draw with Manchester United may be the kick-start to the season that Stoke need. Hughes says it is only a matter of time before they start winning and confidence is good. Luckily for Hughes it appears Stoke’s owners also share the same confidence in their manager.

Verdict: The credit earned over the last two seasons will stand Hughes in good stead.

David Moyes – Sunderland
Moyes teams have a reputation as slow starters, but with just two points from seven games things will need to start improving soon. Moyes have asked his players to take more responsibility after last week’s capitulation to Crystal Palace, but ultimately the buck stops with the coach. Injuries have taken a toll on the squad, but Sunderland need to start picking up points soon.

Verdict: Will probably get until Christmas to impose his stamp on the club.

Slaven Bilic – West Ham
A better team performance from the Hammers against Middlesbrough on Saturday despite Bilic’s idea of a team-building night out going horribly wrong still might not be enough save the Croat from the chop. Club owners David Gold and David Sullivan are shrewd businessmen who will not waver when it comes to sacking Bilic if they believe West Ham’s Premier League status is under threat. The team, and Euro 2016 star Dimitri Payet need to snap out their current slump and hit the heights of last season if the Croat is to keep his job much longer.

Verdict: Bilic will get a few more weeks to turn things around.

Francesco Guidolin – Swansea
The Swans put in a much improved showing against Liverpool, but that does not disguise the fact that they still lost. Swansea lie in 17th position with just four points from seven games and Guidolin’s poor health combined with the team’s poor form make it likely that Swansea will prefer to make a change sooner rather than later. Ryan Giggs is said to be the favoured choice of chairman Huw Jenkins, while the Swan’s US-based owners are reported to be interested in former US national team coach Bob Bradley.

Verdict: Things do not look good for the Italian and it looks like he will be the first one out of the door this season.