They’re among the most likeable managers you’ll ever find in football, but sadly, I find it highly unlikely that either Carlo Ancelotti and Roy Hodgson will keep their jobs beyond the end of this season.
Last night, Ancelotti’s Chelsea side suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at Wolves, while Liverpool were soundly beaten 3-0 by a Blackburn Rovers side who have their own problems.
Given their respective clubs’ unfortunate form, the question now is not whether one of them will get the sack before the season’s end, but more of who will go first.
So what do you guys think? Who will get the sack first? Who deserves it more? Or will one of them manage to turn things around and keep his job?
Ancelotti has presided over Chelsea‘s worst run of form in the Abramovich era.
- Chelsea have lost FIVE of their last 11 league matches
- Wolves were bottom of the table before they beat Chelsea last night
- Chelsea are now NINE points behind leaders Manchester United, who still have a game in hand that could stretch that lead to TWELVE points.
- They’ve only scored NINE goals in their last eleven games, THREE of which came in their 3-3 draw at home to Aston Villa.
Hodgson’s Liverpool side, sitting in the bottom half of the table, are also in crisis.
- They have lost FIVE of their last nine league matches since their morale-boosting 2-0 win over Chelsea.
- Their goal difference is -3, having scored 24 goals and conceded 27.
- West Brom, Blackburn, Sunderland, Stoke City and even Blackpool have scored more than Hodgson’s Liverpool.
- Liverpool’s good form at Anfield is preventing them from being relegation candidates. They have lost SEVEN/ten games away from home, winning just ONCE.
Even more worrying is the fact that both managers have had a pretty much fully fit squad to work with.
Chelsea have only recently welcomed John Terry and Frank Lampard back from injury, but neither one has been able to stop the rot. In fact, their form was much better at the start of the season, when Terry was struggling with a nerve problem and Lampard was absent with a long-term injury.
Hodgson might have inherited a team that also performed poorly last season, and is pleading his case that he needs time to build his own team, but he brought in three players in the summer (excluding transfers Rafa Benitez had already put in place before leaving) – Raul Mereiles, Christian Poulsen and Paul Konchesky – and none of them have made a significant impact.