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Sacking managers often does not work – just look at the Premier League | Eni Aluko

Hasenhüttl’s Southampton turnaround has been impressive while West Ham might end up giving Pellegrini a £10m severance package for little gainMany of clubs have spent the season yo-yoing around the Premier League. In early November Bournemouth were seventh and Brighton were eighth, and now both are fighting rele Crystal Palace were seventh at the start of December and they aren’t looking comfo Southampton have looked doomed, looked safe and now look uncertain Burnley have crossed the halfway line eight times. Beneath the top two, there is real competitive balance: people have always said that in the Premier League anyone can beat anyone, and this year – aside from Liverpool, and Manchester City when they turn it on – it is actually true.As a result there are unexpected teams at the top, where Leicester are still going toe to toe with City and Sheffield United are in the European places, and there is real quality at the bottom. You look at Watford, West Ham, Aston Villa, Bournemouth – they have some very, very good players, and in all likelihood at least one of those teams will go down. Continue reading...

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