Leicester City should look to other managerial sackings for validation

By Billy Wilkinson

The managerial merry-go-round is spinning once again as Leicester City have sacked their title winning manager Claudio Ranieri.

It appears as though the sacking provided the shot of adrenaline that made Leicester City champions last season. Liverpool travelled to the King Power Stadium last night, where they were beaten 3-1 in a shock result.

The Foxes may be feeling glad they sacked Ranieri when they did, but what of the other clubs that have sacked their gaffer this season?

 Swansea

The Welsh side are on their eye popping third manager this season, first sacking Francesco Guidolin in early October.

The Italian only won one game of the seven he managed in 2016/17, including a draw and amassed four points total.

However, the hiring of Bob Bradley didn’t seem to do much either (not that the media ever gave him much of a chance). Under Guidolin, the Swans averaged 1.75 points per game (PPG), Bradley didn’t fare much better, accumulating 1.38 PPG (two wins, two draws and 7 losses).

Whilst Paul Clement (1.5 PPG) has averaged fewer points than Guidolin (1.75), but it’s hard to argue the Swans don’t look greatly improved under him.

 Verdict: The Guidolin still appears harsh in retrospect, but the sacking of Bradley for Clement appears to be the correct one.

 Crystal Palace

Former Newcastle boss Alan Pardew averaged just over a PPG (1.06) this season at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles can accept the plaudits for the hiring Sam Allardyce in December, with Big Sam doubling their win total in just two months, averaging 1.5 PPG.

Palace may not be out of the relegation zone just yet, as they’re level on points with Middlesborough on 22. If there’s one man who knows how to escape the clutches of relegation, it’s Sam Allardyce.

Verdict: Correct sacking

 

Hull

Mike Phelan’s tenure at Hull was surrounded by uncertainty, with the caretaker manager not being announced as the full-time manager until six weeks into the season.

However, The Tigers under Mike Phelan managed a measly 0.65 PPG, by far the worst of the sacked managers this season.

Marco Silva has a small sample size but still boasts almost double the PPG tally of Phelan at 1.33. Not to mention, the Portuguese manager has masterminded a win against Liverpool and a draw at Old Trafford.

Verdict: Too early to say, but Hull look far and away better than they ever did under Mike Phelan.

 

Only time will tell if Leicester were right to sack Ranieri but the instant lift the side received after beating Liverpool could prove decisive.

 

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