Premier League roundup: Managers under fire
Before Saturday’s Premier League action, we had already seen Ronald Koeman, Frank de Boer, and Craig Shakespeare fired from managerial posts claimed before the season’s start.
Several others will be feeling serious heat following home losses on Saturday, as Slaven Bilic’s West Ham was smoked by Liverpool, Paul Clement and Swansea lost to Brighton, and Southampton’s Mauricio Pellegrino slumped a shutout loss versus Burnley.
West Brom’s Tony Pulis limped through a loss at Huddersfield Town, but the location won’t likely soothe the fury of Baggies’ fans, who already prefer their club play free-flowing almost regardless of results.
West Ham United 1-4 Liverpool -- RECAP
In a match which, sadly for Slaven Bilic, had a similar feel to Koeman’s last match in charge of Everton, Liverpool ran rampant over the hosts at the London Stadium.
Mohamed Salah scored twice and Joel Matip scored, but the nail in the coffin may have been Liverpool’s third goal, which came within moments of Manuel Lanzini’s lone marker for West Ham.
Just look at Joe Hart:
Huddersfield Town 1-0 West Bromwich Albion -- RECAP
Rajiv van La Parra’s remarkable goal from outside the box propelled Huddersfield Town to a long-sought win, and sank Tony Pulis deep into the bad graces of West Brom fans. The Baggies are officially in a relegation scrap.
Newcastle United 0-1 Bournemouth -- RECAP
Rafa Benitez warned that Newcastle would have to deal with a slump at some point this season, though perhaps he didn’t mean, “Hey, boys, lose to Burnley and Bournemouth immediately.” The Magpies wilted after Dwight Gayle’s seemingly onside goal was ruled off, and the Cherries used a strong second half to pick up a huge win which boosts them outside the drop zone.
Swansea City 0-1 Brighton and Hove Albion -- RECAP
Glenn Murray is red hot, as the Seagulls veteran striker scored for the third-straight match to give Chris Hughton’s men a deserved win on the road and put Paul Clement’s Swans in a bind.
Let’s put it this way:
Southampton 0-1 Burnley -- RECAP
Sean Dyche’s remarkable Burnley tenure may be coming to a close should keep up performances like this (cough, Everton, cough). Sam Vokes scored a goal in what was admittedly a bit of smash-and-grab at St. Mary’s. Is Mauricio Pellegrino in trouble already?
Stoke City 2-2 Leicester City -- RECAP
This one snapped to life late in the first half, as Xherdan Shaqiri equalizer after Vicente Iborra nabbed his first Leicester goal. Riyad Mahrez put Leicester back ahead in the second half, but super duper sub Peter Crouch did what Peter Crouch does to earn Mark Hughes’ men a share of the points.
|Brighton & Hove Albion||11||4||3||4||11||11||0||2-2-1||2-1-3||15|
|West Bromwich Albion||11||2||4||5||9||14||-5||1-3-1||1-1-4||10|
|West Ham United||11||2||3||6||11||23||-12||2-0-3||0-3-3||9|