Half Europe is asking for Ferrán Torres07 April 2020 / Rui Sousa
The Spanish forward may leave Valencia for one of the European football giants
Twelve matchdays were enough in English football for Tottenham to decide to end the contract that linked them with the Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino. The disappointing performance of the London team in the Premier League led to the change of manager and the arrival of José Mourinho to the Spurs, although that could have been the first of several changes in the benches of English football. Everton, West Ham, Arsenal and Manchester United are also going through difficult times and rumors about a change of coach are becoming stronger every day.
In Goodison Park, the expectations for this season were very high. Competing again in Europe was a dream that club members and fans believed possible for this campaign, but the reality places them far from that goal, and Portuguese coach Marco Silva could be living his final days at Everton. The bet of the club last summer was great, and the 'toffees' were reinforced with players of the likes of Iwobi (30 million euros), Moise Kean (27M), André Gomes, (25M), Gbamin (25M), Delph (10M), or Sidibé (on loan from Monaco), but the result is being disastrous.
After a very complicated start in the Premier League, the Portuguese coach has not been able to change the dynamics of the team. Everton is 16th with 14 points in 13 games and relegation is only four points away for a team with much more ambitious goals. The last defeat at home against Norwich could have been the straw that broke the glass. The name of a legend as David Moyes already appears in all the forecasts, and many around the ‘blues’ believe that he could be the right man to take the club where they think it should be.
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But Silva is not the only one whose position seems to be at risk since from London, Arsenal's patience with Unai Emery is increasingly limited given the problems that are seen on and off the field. The 'gunners' are eighth in the standings and eight points adrift of Chelsea, which is fourth and therefore the team that marks the positions that give access to play the Champions League, and the last draw against Southampton at Emirates Stadium did not leave anyone satisfied.
To this low performance, we must add the controversy surrounding the confrontation of Granit Xhaka with the fans, which exploded the good harmony within the dressing room. The Spanish coach is accused of lack of leadership and although he decided to withdraw the captaincy to the Swiss international, part of the fans have grown tired of their team. They have already seen six consecutive games without the London team achieving a victory and Emery is in danger. Even the name of Pochettino is mentioned as a possible replacement, even though the Argentine has just finished a long period in Arsenal’s greatest rival.
No one finds words to describe the disappointing start of West Ham’s season. Manuel Pellegrini had claimed signings at the end of last year, and the 'hammers' invested an amount close to 90 million euros to meet the request of his coach with names like Sébastien Haller or Pablo Fornals joining the team, but the results have not been expected, rather the opposite.
The London club was also prepared to fight to enter European competitions, but after thirteen matches they occupy the 17th position and the possibility of relegation begins to be a reality. Three points separate West Ham from Norwich, which with 10 points occupies the last place of those who would be playing in the Championship next year, and the names of coaches such as Chris Wilder, currently in Sheffield United, or Rafa Benítez are already in all media as possible replacements for Pellegrini.
Another team that doesn't find the method to win on a regular basis is Manchester United. The ‘red devils’ have 17 points in 13 games, and the reality is that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has his team in the ninth position of the Premier League and closer to relegation -seven points- than the Champions League -nine-. In addition, the Old Trafford team is already 20 points away from Liverpool, leader of the competition.
The Norwegian coach arrived on United’s bench last season to replace Mourinho with the aim of improving the poor dynamics of results, and although he had a good start, the team is falling apart and the club does not show any reaction. Pochettino was always a yearning for fans and board members of the ‘red devils’, and now that he is free there are many voices that ask for a change and to bet for the Argentine coach.
The coming weeks will be decisive for the future of all these coaches who, after the dismissal of Pochettino, could be involved in a carousel of changes that end with their future far away from their current clubs.
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