Brendan Rodgers and Dick Advocaat have left their respective jobs at #Liverpool and #Sunderland; these departures have answered the question of who will be the first #Premier League manager to see the sack and as is the nature of football everybody will move on. Liverpool are looking to move on quickly, after they announced the sacking of Brendan Rodgers they made it clear that they intend to have the next permanent manager in place before October 17th where they face Tottenham Hotspur. Sunderland have made no indication of what they plan to do next regarding the manager however the odds have Sam Allardyce, Nigel Pearson and Sean Dyche as the three favourites.
Brendan Rodgers’ dismissal was met with widespread glee from Liverpool supporters, who also made it clear that they want to see former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp take the reigns as manager at Anfield. Sunderland fans were more forgiving of Advocaat, they were understandably disappointed at his decision to leave after he managed to save the Black Cats from relegation last season. Advocaat, spoke about his departure and claimed that he had made his decision a week ago but was asked by the club to see out the match against West Ham.
For Rodgers, it was always going to be a tough task at Liverpool, as he replaced Kenny Dalglish who was sacked despite an eighth place finish in one season and two cup finals, one of which he won. The Northern Irishman’s stats at Liverpool didn’t make for a great reading, as it was made clear that he had the worst defensive record of any Liverpool manager in recent times. His best season came in the 2013/14 campaign when the exploits of Luis Suarez nearly clinched Liverpool the title however Liverpool failed to improve on that season, selling Suarez and buying players such as Lazar Markovich, Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert all of which went on to have little effect. Advocaat could be forgiven for his stats at Sunderland thanks to the great escape he pulled off capped by the tears of joy that followed.
The attention will surely turn to who the next manager to receive the sack is, with Newcastle and Aston Villa performing horribly. Jose Mourinho’s job at Chelsea appears to be safe for the time being as he has the backing of the Chelsea board. Fans will also look anxiously towards the appointment of the successors to both Advocaat and Rodgers.
Liverpool currently sit in 10th place whilst Sunderland are 19th place, one of them is aiming for European football with the other hoping not to be involved in the relegation race this year. It remains to be seen if both clubs will achieve their goal.