The Cottagers let go of their manager SlavišaJokanovićafter what had been a disappointing start to the season despite heavy investment in the squad. But the root of the problems was in the investment itself. The club brought players aplenty but did not really address the issues. The likes of Andre Schurrle and Jean Michael Seri have impressed but only in shades. While they did bring in the Premier League winning manager in Claudio Ranieri, the club have still failed to find a rhythm. The win against Brighton was impressive however it seems unlikely that Fulham will be able to beat the drop.
The Terriers let go of their popular manager David Wagner after the horrible start to the premier league season. Lack of goals has been a major issue. They have scored just 13 goals this season, which is the lowest in the division. The club have brought in yet another manager from Dortmund IIto the club; it seems inevitable that the club would avoid relegation. They are still 12 points of the safety and which just 14 more games to go a drop seems likely for the Terriers.
Former Leipzig manager Ralph Hassenhuttlhas brought back some of the optimism and energy back to the Saint Mary’s which had become such a gloomy place under Mark Hughes. The club have shown some of the better form under their new manager. And with the likes of James-ward Prowse and Hojbergperforming well the Saints will be hoping that they could avoid the relegation. However the saints still have to play three of the top 6 Premier League clubs which means the run in doesn’t get any easy for them. The weekend’s clash against burnley will be vital for the Austrian as he looks to steady the ship.
2. Newcastle United
A massive win over Manchester City means that Newcastle are now 5 points above safety. Rafa Benitez has once again proved what a shrewd tactician he is but it is the Newcastle’s squad which has the fans worried. The club’s lack of ideas going forward is a huge concern and could be one of the major reasons for their downfall. The club did bring in the likes of Antonio Barreca from AS Monaco. Their best hope of staying up is the manager, Rafa Benitez himself. The Spaniard has done a remarkable job despite the evident lack of support from the higher management.
1. Cardiff City
The Welsh club’s season has been clouded by the recent disappearance of the club’s record signing EmenaloSala. He was supposed to be the forward to carry them off the line in their battle to avoid relegation. The club have brought OumarNiasse from Everton in a last minute bid to starve off relegation however their squad just isn’t good enough to stay up. They sit five points below the safety zone and after Huddersfield, Cardiff have scored the least goals this season.