With the wild way the soccer season has unfolded so far, some coaches have already gotten the axe, while others could well be doomed to the same fate.
Over the weekend, Manchester City head man Mark Hughes coached his last match for the blue side of Manchester in a 4-3 win over Sunderland. After a hot start to the season, Man City has fallen off the pace over the last two months. They currently reside in 6th place, 12 points adrift of league leaders Chelsea. Replacing Hughes will be Italian Roberto Mancini who said, “My target this season is to arrive in the top four. Then next season we will go for the Premier League. That is my target and I think it is possible. ”
While change was made over the weekend in Manchester, speculation continues to build over the situation at Liverpool. Yet again the Reds suffered another shocking and crushing defeat, this time to Premier League bottom feeders Portsmouth. Adding insult to injury, midfielder Javier Mascherano who was sent off in the game was cofirmed to be out up to three weeks with a knee injury. The pressure continues to build on Liverpool manager Rafael Benetiz as Liverpool have already crashed out of this year’s Champions League and have now sunk to eighth in the Premier League, 14 points off leaders Chelsea.
In a bit more shocking coaching news, reports out of Spain are suggesting rookie manager Pep Guardiola of Barcelona may be stepping aside at the completion of the season. The 38-year old has yet to extend his contract, despite having the most successful season in Barcelona history hauling in six major trophies. Sources report that Guardiola is exhausted and is also awaiting the results of next year’s presidential election at the club. Maybe the most telling sign of the weight on Guardiola’s shoulders was his outpouring of emotion as he broke down in tears following Barcelona’s comeback win against Estudiantes in the FIFA Club World Cup final.