/Global Soccer: Premier League Managers Look Over Their Shoulders

Global Soccer: Premier League Managers Look Over Their Shoulders


Jordan Ayew, right, of Swansea City, tangled with his brother, André Ayew of Aston Villa. Both brothers scored in the match, which Swansea won, 2-1. The Ayews are sons of the former Ghana great, Abedi Pele.

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LONDON — It is not yet Halloween, but already some managers in England’s Premier League look haunted and spooked in their jobs.

Tim Sherwood and Gary Monk, relatively new managers at Aston Villa and Swansea City, went into the weekend hearing stories that their jobs were on the line. And their clubs did nothing to dispel the speculation.

Meanwhile, José Mourinho — who recently almost dared Chelsea by boasting “If you sack me, you sack the best manager you ever had” — lost a game once again, along with a little more of his aura of invincibility.

The pressure would be ridiculous in any normal business. How can it make sense to hire a manager and then spend millions during the summer on players that fit his style,…

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