David Moyes found living in the shadow of Sir Alex Ferguson an impossible task when he took over as Manchester United manager. Moyes was sacked 10 months into a six-year spell folloing a terrible run in charge of a team that simply demand success. We've picked out five Premier League managers that are under the cosh from the first seconds of the new season.
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Sam Allardyce (West Ham)
Sam Allardyce is the bookmakers' favorite to be the first Premier League manager sacked in the 2014/15 season. The Englishman retained his job in the summer after talks with co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold, but was told to provide fans with "more entertainment" and finish in the top-half of the table. Allardyce has already been at loggerheads with the owners over Ravel Morrison. Sullivan and Gold want to get rid of him, Allardyce would like to kick his backside out of the club.
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Paul Lambert (Aston Villa)
Lambert took over at Aston Villa in 2012 after a successful spell with Norwich City. Two seasons later and Aston Villa have stood still with back-to-back 15th place finishes. It is unlikely that the board or the fans -- of a team that won the European Cup in 1982 -- would accept a similar season this time round. New assistant manager Roy Keane should enforce Lambert’s side with the grit and determination they have perhaps been lacking. And with Villa owner Randy Lerner putting the club up for sale it is unlikely Lambert will have much money to spend. Tricky situation.
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Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham)
Pochettino is Tottenham's fifth manager in seven years and their third in the last three. The former Argentina international will be hoping to last longer than his predecessor Tim Sherwood, who was in charge for just five months. Spurs poached the former Espanyol boss from Southampton after a terrific first full season in charge at St Mary’s Stadium. It is testament to Pochettino that the Saints have raised close to £100million this summer from players under his tutelage. Tottenham will be expected to challenge for a top-four finish, but with Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Everton all involved in the battle it will be another tough test.
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Alan Pardew (Newcastle)
After guiding Newcastle United to a fifth place finish in the 2011/12 season, Alan Pardew was rewarded with a staggering eight-year contract. Since then, Pardew has taken Newcastle backwards, finishing 16th in 2012/13 and 10th in 2013/14. Their form in the second half of last season was alarmingly poor and led some fans to call for his dismissal. Pardew has no more excuses after Newcastle splashed the cash this summer, bringing in the likes of Remy Cabella, Daryl Janmaat and Siem de Jong. Newcastle’s average attendance was over 50,000 fans last season, and with a lot of support comes greater expectations.
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Louis van Gaal (Manchester United)
Manchester United turned to Louis van Gaal following David Moyes’ turbulent tenure at Old Trafford, and the Dutchman has his work cut out if the Red Devils are to return to the top. There is no doubt Van Gaal – who has managed Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich – will be able to handle the pressure that comes with being the boss of United. Netherlands' World Cup performance, a new 3-5-2 formation and encouraging pre-season form has encouraged the Old Trafford masses that he is the man for the job. However, many of the players who gave sub-standard performances under Moyes remain at the club. Getting the best out of these players will be Van Gaal’s biggest challenge.