Following a 5-0 drubbing away to Chelsea on Sunday in the Premier League, Mark Hughes’ future as Stoke City boss is in serious doubt with the Potters languishing in 15th spot in the table.
So far, six managers have been dismissed this term with many more the subject of intense speculation over their futures.
Here, we look back at how this season has unfolded, managerial-wise.
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
Chelsea‘s Eden Hazard could be one step closer to the Stamford Bridge exit door after Real Madrid put in a £120million bid for the Belgian international, the Sun reports. The deal – if it went ahead – would eclipse the current record for a transfer involving a British club, which stands at the £89million Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba.
Theo Walcott could be heading to Southampton on loan, according to the Daily Mail. The 28-year-old has been on the fringes of the Arsenal first team this campaign and previously played for the Saints, with Mauricio Pellegrino eager to bolster his attack, the paper reports.
Leicester’s Islam Slimani is a man in demand – with both Newcastle and Watford keen on signing the £30m striker, according to the Mirror. Slimani, 29, has struggled to make it into the Foxes’ first XI with Marco Silva and Rafa Benitez looking to sign up the Algeria international.
Manchester United want to bring in Joao Mario to Old Trafford, according to the Sun. Jose Mourinho wants to sign the 24-year-old with Henrikh Mkhitaryan looking set to travel the other way after losing his first team place, the paper says.
Arsenal are said to be leading the pack in the race to sign David Luiz, according to the Express. The Brazilian international has struggled for a start at Stamford Bridge and the Gunners are among those interested in taking him on.
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PLAYERS TO WATCH
Marseille want to bring Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare to Ligue 1, according to the Mirror.
Steven N’Zonzi – who is wanted by Everton – will hold talks about his future at Sevilla, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Furious Arsene Wenger hit out at referee Mike Dean and the festive fixture schedule after Arsenal‘s 1-1 draw at West Brom.
The Frenchman was angry after Dean awarded the Baggies a last-minute penalty to allow them to snatch a point at The Hawthorns.
Calum Chambers was adjudged to have handled in the box and Jay Rodriguez cancelled out Alexis Sanchez’s late deflected free-kick which almost gave Arsenal victory on Sunday.
They now host Chelsea on Wednesday with the Blues having 24 hours longer to prepare to further irritate Wenger.
He said: “Two things that aren’t normal in the the Premier League is the schedule and referees. Maybe we haven’t played well enough but West Brom had five days to prepare and we had three.
“I’m ready to play every day as long as our opponent has the same time to recover. It’s not normal. We have the same problem against Chelsea on Wednesday, they played on Saturday.”
Wenger reserved most of his anger for Dean after he gave the Baggies an 89th-minute penalty when Chambers handled Kieran Gibbs’ cross, just six minutes after Sanchez’s free-kick deflected in off James McClean.
“I think the referee has not even seen it, he’s not seen it,” he said, following his record-breaking 811th Premier League game in charge.
“That’s my opinion, but he will tell you he has seen it. It wasn’t a penalty. It was not a deliberate handball. The arm was not up.
“You can not play football when you are as close as that. It is impossible. Where do you put you arms when you move, in your pocket? There are no pockets in the shorts.
“We fought very hard years ago for the referees to become professional, yet we see no improvement and you can not say a word against it because they are untouchable.”
Albion extended their winless run to 19 league games and sit joint bottom but boss Alan Pardew believes his players showed character.
He said: “I think I’d be very upset if it was given against me, it was a tough penalty, but obviously the ball has hit his arm.
“There was a lot of pressure on us, being bottom of the league and a lot of the teams around the bottom having won. We had to deal with the pressure and fair play to the players they did.”