When a team fails to deliver, the pressure that comes with it is certainly on the shoulder of the manager.
It’s very easy to understand why patience turns to panic for fans, club owners, and specifically the managers which eventually lead to a sack.
Managers who seemed comfortable with their job last season or a few months ago depending on when the managers were appointed are now nervously and uncomfortably sitting on a keg of gunpowder due to unpalatable results in their various games.
Managers share a large percentage of the blames on why the team showed poor results whether through players’ poor form or due to the manager’s poor tactical skill set.
Cheapgoals will in this piece talks about Europe’s five managers who are rightly under pressure
- Scot Parker – (Fulham)
Following the dismissal of former Leicester City hero and bringer of the English Premier League trophy to the ‘King Power Stadium’ in the 2015-16 season, in the person of Claudio Ranieri in February 2019. Fulham named the former England international as the caretaker manager of the club.
After his appointment as the caretaker manager of the Craven Cottage side, he led Fulham out of the Championship at the first attempt via the playoffs when his team shut out a 58 goal front three of Ollie Watkins, Said Benrahma, and Bryan Mbeumo of Brentford to delivered promotion for the London side.
After what has been an exhausting journey from the ever-competitive Championship last season now back to the English Premier, Parker is currently not delivering the standard skillset in his managerial career presently with the kind of performances and results from his team has shown out since their promotion to the topflight.
As it stands, The Cottagers are extremely performing poorly overall. They currently sit 17th on the EPL table, winning 14% of matches, and on average Fulham has scored 1 goal and conceded 2 goals per match.
Ironically, 43% of their matches have ended with both teams to score and their average total goals per match are 3.
Overall, this season Fulham has scored a total of 7 goals, conceded a total of 14 goals, conceded a goal in every 45 minutes of their matches, scores an average of 1 goal in every of their game, and conceded an average of 2 goals per every game.
Albeit, it’s still early days in the season like some would say, having played seven games, lost five, drew one, and won one.
However, if Parker’s Fulham team continues dishing out such abysmal performances in their subsequent games going forward in the season, the former England international may be shown the exit door if he fails to turn things around.
- Frank Lampard – (Chelsea)
Having written his name in gold in the history book of Chelsea as one of the greatest midfielders. The Englishman is in his first season as a manager of a club he donned their shirt for many seasons, having already tasted the toughness and the competitiveness of the Championship with Derby County.
Since he stepped into the managerial position, the Blues all-time record goalscorer hasn’t hit the ground running with great results. It has been a poor start to life as a Chelsea boss, despite the astronomical fee spent in the summer to signed players.
However, in recent weeks Frankie has been able to turn the table around a bit in terms of results, while also showing glimpses of what to expect from him as a manager going forward in the season.
The London side has been the biggest spender in the transfer window with over £222m. Lampard overhauled his squad to bring in fresh legs with the signings of top players, it is a big call for him as a matter of fact that he must compete for the title this season.
Albeit with the 2020-21 Premier League season still in its infancy, the Blues form so far has been on average with three wins, three draws, one loss, placed 7th on the table and winning 43% of their matches.
As the season progresses, if Lampard wants to stay in Chelsea’s dugout for a longer period of time with the kind of quality players at his disposal, his team needs to start showing out topnotch performances else Roman Abramovich won’t hesitate to show him the exit door at the end of the campaign.
- Antonio Conte – (Inter Milan)
It would be a huge surprise if the former Chelsea boss keeps his job at Inter Milan at the end of the season if he fails to win a trophy having invested over £97m on new recruits in the transfer window.
Last season performances were relatively a decent one, even though they weren’t that consistent in the Seria A blowing hot and cold in their performances which led to Juventus winning the title.
While getting to the final of the UEFA Europa League against Sevilla was more like a great achievement for the Nerazzurri. Unfortunately, the Conte side failed to take solace in that competition as compensation for not winning the Seria A as they lost to Sevilla.
Since the beginning of the new season, Inter Milan hasn’t been impressive either with their performances, looking more like they continued from where they stopped last campaign with hot and cold like performances, and their 2-2 draw against Parma it’s a testament to their inconsistency in the league and Europe.
However, with the Seria A still in week-6, Inter currently sits in 6th position on the log, having won three-game, drew two, and lost one.
According to ‘Footystats.org‘, Inter’s performances on the average is rated ‘Good’ with the winning of their matches rated 50%. While on average they’ve scored 2.5 goals, conceded 1.67 goals per match, and 83% of their matches have ended with both teams scoring.
Their average total goals per match is 4.17 and they’ve scored a total of 15 goals this season, with these stats its shows they’re a side that can score goals and also concede.
However, as Conte takes to the touchline to continue their European journey in the Champions League, he needs to start delivering consistent results both in the league and Europe to avoid been sack at the end of the campaign.
- Ole Gunner Solsjkaer – (Manchester United)
When former United midfielder Roy Keane opined that “Ole Gunner Solsjkaer will be sacked anytime soon unless the players dramatically improve their performances“.
As much as the former captain is right with his opinion, one fact still remains that the manager himself also needs to improve dramatically in making the right decisions that would favor the team going forward.
United’s defeat to Michael Arteta’s Arsenal side on Sunday inflicted them with their worst defeat with any sense of urgency in their performance. From six Premier League games so far this season, which cumulated into their worst start to a campaign in the last seven years and leaves them languishing in 15th position on the log.
Although Ole has been enjoying a lot of plaudit in light of the remarkable, comprehensive 5-0 performance against Julien Nagelsman’s RB Leipzig side in the Champions League, on the home front he hasn’t been able to replicate such performances which have been a major concern for all United faithful home and abroad.
The former Norway international job has once been under threat after a poor start to the season, culminating in an embarrassing 6-1 massacre to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham side.
While he still hasn’t turned things around in the league, he has been able to bribe United’s fans with fantastic performances in Europe against Paris Saint Germain and RB Leipzig.
If poor performances on the home front continue as such of the match against Arsenal and another opponent, it’s just a matter of time before Keane’s opinion becomes a reality.
Without looking at the good work Solsjkaer did last season helping United to a third-place finish and also doing well in Europe this season, all of that would be thrown into the bin and he would be fired if the inconsistency continues
- Simeone Inzaghi – (SS Lazio)
If there is any name that was associated with Lazio for more than a decade there is no other name than Simeone Inzaghi, although he spent two years of that time away from the Biancocelesti before returning back again.
After the dismissal of Stefano Pioli in 2016, Inzaghi was named the caretaker manager of the Roman club having never managed in the Seria A before.
Since he took over from the former coach having moved up the ranks from the backroom, it’s has been a huge improvement with the team finishing 8th on the log in the 2015-16 campaign as the caretaker.
Bielsa was brought in to take over from him and tinker the Biancocelesti to success, but the union didn’t last long and surprisingly left the club after two days of being in charge, which therefore led to the permanent calling of Inzaghi in the 2016-17 campaign.
The Lazio team of the 2019-20 campaign captured the Serie A fan’s attention with their incredible playing style along with impressive results under Inzaghi which surprisingly see them became serious title contenders.
The Biancocelesti lost their form following the resumption of the league after the pandemic break which cumulated into them losing the league to Juventus and also failing to qualify for the Champions League.
The Piacenza born has transformed the Biancocelesti, which has also cumulated into them winning titles and also become contenders for the league.
Meanwhile, Lazio’s budget isn’t as astronomical as that of Juventus, Inter Milan, or AC Milan to some extent, but under the former forward they’ve spent close to a total of £133m, making a profit of £157m and lifting three major titles in four years.
Although Inzaghi’s 2019-20 campaign was a season of many high and lows. However, this season if Lazio fails to at least qualify for Champions League football he probably might be dismissed.
In as much as firing and employing is the call of managers, that doesn’t mean some of them ain’t fantastic with their job but when things aren’t going smoothly for them in their respective job they get fired and replaced.
However, the season is somewhat fresh and some of them could still turn things around and end up staying longer than expected. But then it’s left to be seen how things would pan out.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere
The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.
The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.
Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues
Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.
Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.
He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.
The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.
In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.
Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.
Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”
- Iago Aspas
Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.
After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.
At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.
In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.
- Diego Forlan
Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.
Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.
In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.
The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.
With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.
Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.
Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.
There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.
These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.
Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1
Ligue 1 no doubt harbors quite a number of talented players, as such it’s quite understandable for those considered to be world-class players among them to cash out hugely on what they earn at the end of the month.
As of late, the players’ salaries have given indications of solid development, on account of the tremendous income pouring into the game. The fierce rivalry between the country’s top football clubs has brought the nature of the competition higher than ever. The league has more than its own fair share of highly paid players.
Here is a rundown of the top 15 highest-paid players in the Ligue 1
- Neymar Jr – (Paris Saint Germain, – €3.06 Per Month )
Behind Ronaldo and Messi, the Brazilian forward is regarded as the third-best player in world football since moving from Santos to Barcelona in 2013 for a deal reported worth €86.2million.
After apparently growing and widening his status as a footballer with his achievement on and off the pitch, it was evident that the former Puskas Award winner would go on to attract top elite clubs.
With the Parisian club brimming with a lot of cash to flex muscles with high spending clubs, it was just a matter of time before Neymar would join them. Fast forward to 2017, the Selecao captain signed for PSG for a world record transfer fee worth €222million, and since then he’s been an important figure of both the club and their project.
Amidst transfer rumors of him returning to his old home Barcelona, plus the fact that the Parisian are also ready to offer him a new deal that would tie him down with the French side for at least another three seasons.
- Kylian Mbappe – (Paris Saint Germain, € 1.91m Per Month)
As a World Cup winner and one of the best prospects in world football, it’s quite understandable for Mbappe to be among the highest-paid players in Ligue 1 and Paris Saint Germain. The 2018 World Cup winner burst into the scene as a young player for Monaco, making his professional debut in 2015 at the age of 15.
The Frenchman signed for the Parisian club in 2017 on loan, which was later made permanent in 2018. He has shown to be a great prospect for both the club and their project in dominating the Ligue 1 and also flex muscles with the top clubs in Europe.
His permanent transfer to Paris Saint Germain is reported to be worth €180million, making him both the second most expensive player and most expensive teenager. Since joining the Ligue 1 Champions permanently, the 22-year-old has scored over 120 goals for the Parisian club.
However, amidst the rumor of Real Madrid prepping up to break the bank in their quest to bring him down to the Bernabeu, the World Cup winner is still actively the second biggest earner in the league and of course Paris Saint Germain.
- Correa Marquinhos & Marco Verratti – (Paris Saint Germain, €1.2m Per Month)
Since the departure of top players such as Edinson Cavani, Zlatan, and recently Thiago Silva, Marquinhos’s status has risen from being a mere squad player in the dressing room into a leader, captain, and one of the best gladiator of the club.
As a 19-year-old teenager, the Brazilian was signed in 2013 on a five-year deal by Paris Saint Germain from AS Roma for a fee of around €31.4million. And as reported by BBC Sport, the deal was said to be the highest transfer fee for a teenager then, while Sky also reports it to be the then fifth highest transfer.
The current form of the Brazilian makes him rank as one of Europe’s most valuable players, most especially as a player who is currently plying his trade with the best team in France.
According to the transfer market rating, Marquinhos market value currently stands at €70million, as such with his years of experience and playing over 313 matches for the Parisian, it’s no surprise that the club captain takes home €1.2m per month tied with the Italian on the same amount.
As for the Italian, he’s also been a very instrumental player for the team since joining the club nine years ago. There have always been rumors concerning his future, either joining Barcelona or go back to Italy, but as it stands his current contract with Paris Saint Germain would expire in 2024.
- Angel Di Maria – (Paris Saint Germain, €1.1m Per Month)
Since joining the Parisian for €63million after a disappointing stint with Manchester United in 2015, the Argentine winger has continued to prove to the world that he’s still one of the best players in football since leaving Real Madrid.
Di Maria isn’t just rank among the highest earner for doing nothing, he earns his pay through his brilliant performances over the years since joining them, accumulating a total of 251 appearances scoring over 88 goals and 104 assists.
The former Real Madrid winger may not stay in the Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain for three years or more, as he’s already moving close to the end of his career. However, with his deal still running that makes him the fourth-highest earner in the league.
- Keylor Navas – (Paris Saint Germain, €1m Per Month)
When Navas joined Madrid from Levante in the summer of 2014, no one ever thought he’s going to achieve quite a number of success with Los Blancos based on where he was coming from and his antecedent as a goalkeeper.
After a successful stint with Los Merengues, the imminent arrival of Thibaut Courtois means the Costa Rican goalkeeper days at Real Madrid are numbered.
With his achievement at Real Madrid, it was evident that the Costa Rican won’t find it hard to get good European suitor to come by, as such Paris Saint Germain came calling for his services in 2019 having been told he won’t be Real Madrid number one going forward into the new season.
Following Navas’s move to the French capital, it means his salary would be on the high side based on his achievement and reputation as a Champions League winner with arguably the biggest club in Europe.
As a Paris Saint Germain player, he earns €1m per month, making the Costa Rican one of the highest-paid players in Ligue 1
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- Mauro Icardi – (Paris Saint Germain, €800,000 Per Month)
The imminent departure of El Matador when Icardi joined Paris Saint Germain on loan means the responsibility of goalscoring would be on the shoulder of the Argentine. The former Inter Milan forward made his loan permanent with the PSG following a strong start in Paris.
The Argentine and controversy certainly go hand in hand based on his antecedent with his previous clubs. Everywhere he goes he has always shown he could lead the line perfectly, and since he joined the Parisian permanently no report of controversy has been recorded concerning the former Nerazzurri captain.
Icardi may not be the poster boy of PSG just like his days at Inter, that doesn’t make him less of a player in the dressing room among other star players like Neymar and Mbappe who are no doubt the face of the club.
- Leandro Paredes – (Paris Saint Germain, €750,000 Per Month)
Juan Bernat – (Paris Saint Germain, €700,000 Per Month)
Presnel Kimpembe – (Paris Saint Germain, €670,000 Per Month)
Ander Herrera – (Paris Saint Germain, €650,000 Per Month)
Wissam Ben Yedder – (Monaco, €650,000 Per Month)
Cesc Fabregas – (Monaco, €600,000 Per Month)
Julian Draxler – (Paris Saint Germain, €600,000 Per Month)
Idrissa Guaye – (Paris Saint Germain, €500,000 Per Month)