Bosses in danger as boo-boys round on Wenger and Benitez

Dec 3, 2012

Premier League talking points from Wenger's woes to Fergie's defenders

RAFA BENITEZ has vowed not to stand down as Chelsea boss despite seeing his Blues side slump to a dismal defeat against West Ham on Saturday and admitting that he was not "100 per cent sure" that Roman Abramovich would not sack him. The unpopular Spaniard has overseen three games without a win for Chelsea and they have managed just one goal in that time. Indeed the Blues have not won in seven league games and there is talk that Avram Grant could be parachuted in to help Benitez. That could cause collective apoplexy among the fans who despise Benitez and rate Grant little better.

The Emirates Stadium had never witnessed anything quite like the poisonous scenes that greeted Arsenal's defeat to Swansea on Saturday. The reaction of the fans, who had protested against the way the club is being run off the field before the game, was as hostile as anything that Arsene Wenger has experienced in his time as Gunners boss. The veteran manager insisted that he would not be affected by the reaction and the anger aimed at the boardroom. Few fans want to see him quit, but by putting such store in the way the club conducts itself off the field, Wenger, unlike Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, is wedded to the boardroom.

Sunderland's defeat at Norwich on Sunday leaves them fourth from bottom and under-fire manager Martin O'Neill admitted that his side are now in a relegation scrap. He is the third high-profile manager to endure a nightmarish weekend and his Black Cats have won just two of their last 22 Premier League fixtures. O'Neill took over from Steve Bruce a year ago this week, but it is worth noting that 12 months ago Sunderland had 11 points from 14 matches, this time around they are only two points better off.

With all the fuss over the futures of Benitez, Wenger and O'Neill, the fact that Manchester City fans once again voiced disapproval of manager Roberto Mancini's tactics against Everton went almost unnoticed. But the Italian was jeered by some supporters when he withdrew Carlos Tevez and replaced him with Sergio Aguero in the closing stages of the draw against Everton. In the end the change made little difference as the game ended 1-1 and City's unbeaten run continued. However, the champions are now three points behind their local rivals United, with the Manchester derby to come next week.

Alex Ferguson might not be fretting about his employment prospects after watching Manchester United's crazy 4-3 win over Reading on Saturday, but his defenders may be. Fergie laid into them after the match and one can only wonder what setting he had the infamous hairdryer set to in the dressing room. United have now had to come from behind ten times this season. However, the expected return of Nemanja Vidic this week could restore order to the United back line as they prepare for the Manchester derby next weekend.

It might not have matched some of the Anfield executions that Liverpool fans enjoyed in the 1980s but the Kop would have taken heart from the victory over Southampton on Saturday, after all it was only their third home victory in the league this season. It means the Reds have now registered back-to-back league wins at Anfield for the first time in over a year. Given Liverpool's superiority, Brendan Rodgers, for once, could be one of the most satisfied managers in the top flight.

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