Premier League Sack Race Hotting Up
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be facing the sack at Machester United. [Photo Source: Getty Images]

There are three standout candidates to become the first manager to be relieved of their duties. The managers of Sheffield United, West Brom and Manchester United as all three sides have performed poorly so far this season.

Slaven Out Of The Bag

Slaven Bilic of West Brom will feel hard done by after not being backed by the club during the transfer window. Grady Diangana and Karlan Grant are their only notable summer signings, neither of which possessed a wealth of top-flight games.

Slaven Bilic, West Brom | Photo: PA Wire
Slaven Bilic, West Brom | Photo: PA Wire

The Baggies main weakness has been their defence. The West Midlands side has the joint-worst defence in the League. Bilic's side has seen eighteen goals fly past them this season. The signing of Branislav Ivanovic and sale of Ahmed Hegazi seems to have been bad business so far.

This wide-open defence combined with an attack which is struggling to click could see the Croatian the first on the chopping block. Bilic is currently 5/2 according to BetVictor to be the next Premiership manager to leave.

Wilder Not At Heart

Chris Wilder may be a fan favourite at Sheffield United, but if the Blades' form doesn't change soon, his position could be questioned. The Yorkshire side currently sits bottom of the table with one point from their opening nine games.

Chris Wilder, Sheffield United | Photo: Reuters
Chris Wilder, Sheffield United | Photo: Reuters

Last season Sheffield United shocked the Premier League by challenging for the European places for much of the season. Now it seems that the Blade's have been figured out by the rest of the League's teams.

Wilder's team is no longer able to outwork the opposition; the 53-year-old manager will have to devise some new tactics to keep himself in a job. Summer signing Rhian Brewster should be involved in these new tactics and could provide some crucial goals.

Wilder is currently the favourite to be sacked according to BetVictor; his odds are 2/1at the moment. Though their next match is against Bilic's West Brom and victory could switch him around with the Croatian.

Ole Gunnar Go

The outside pick for the first manager to face the axe could well be Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjær. The Norweigan ended last season in fine form with the Red Devils finishing in third position.

This season United have been unrecognisable. All of the promise that was shown by their exciting front three and stabilising backline have disappeared.

Currently sitting in tenth, United are already seven points off of the top and have been beaten on three occasions in their eight matches. Their position looks slightly better then it did before they scrapped a 1-0 victory over newly-promoted West Brom.

Solskjær is paying for the club failure in the summer to strengthen the team. The panic signing of Edinson Cavani will only paper over the cracks. A run of positive results is needed to get United back on track, but a few negative more results could spell the end of Ole's time at the wheel.