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After Quique Sanchez Flores loses his job… will Marco Silva or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer be next? 

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And then there were two! After Quique Sanchez Flores became the latest manager to lose his job… will Marco Silva or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer be next for the chop?The Premier League has witnessed a sudden spate of managerial departuresManchester United have endured their worst start to a season in 31 years Everton sit just two points off the relegation places after one win in five matches Both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Marco Silva are under pressure in their roles 

It's axing season in the Premier League and after a raft of high-profile departures, both Marco Silva and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be glancing nervously over their shoulders. 

Quique Sanchez Flores was the latest to be shown the door by his employers, after his second stint as Watford boss ended after just 85 days with just one league win to show for his troubles.

His departure follows those of Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham and Unai Emery at Arsenal, the only three top-flight casualties of the season to date.

Marco Silva is in real danger of the sack, with his Everton side struggling at the wrong end

That is almost certain to change, and there are two managers in the North West who will be feeling the heat more than others. 

On Merseyside, it was almost a surprise that Everton's defeat by Leicester did not bring with it a P45 for Silva. 

The Toffees have endured a miserable season and sit just one place and two points above the relegation zone. 

Huge amounts of money were spent at Goodison Park in the summer in a bid to propel the club back into European contention, with Alex Iwobi, Moise Kean, Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin all bought for north of £20million. 

Everton sit just two points above the drop zone having won just once in their last five matches  


Marco Silva — 2/5

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer — 4/1

Manuel Pellegrini — 10/1 

Nuno Espirito Santo — 11/1 

Ralph Hasenhuttl — 12/1

That substantial investment has not produced results on the field however, and only Norwich (9) have lost more times in the Premier League this season than Silva's men. 

He has already been struck with the dreaded vote of confidence from owner Farhad Moshiri.

That came before the defeat by Brendan Rodgers' men on Sunday, when Kelechi Iheanacho's winner in the sixth minute of stoppage time sealed all three points for the hosts. 

It was a battling performance from Everton in defeat, and the display may have been enough to earn the Portuguese boss a stay of execution. But it appears to be a case of when and not if Moshiri decided to pull the trigger. 

Down the road in Manchester, Solskjaer may be feeling similarly precarious in his own role. 

Manchester United have had the worst start to a season in 31 years under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Sat ninth in the table, with just 18 points from their first 14 fixtures, the Norweigian has overseen United's worst start to a season in 31 years. 

They have the aura of a mid-table side - a far-cry from the perennial champions Solskjaer was associated with back in his playing days - and his attempts to turn the ship around have been constantly thwarted by false dawns. 

A revival after a disappointing 1-0 defeat by Newcastle at St James' Park looked to have steadied his position after executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had decided to publicly back the man in the Old Trafford hotseat.

However, a recent slump has shone the spotlight on the 46-year-old once again. 

Once again, Manchester United dropped points from a winning position on Sunday afternoon 

Losing to Kazakhstan champions Astana, even with a squad of kids, was not the greatest look for one of the world's most renowned clubs, but it will have been the two recent Premier League games that will have worried the powers that be.

Twice United have surrendered points from winning positions in recent games, throwing away a 3-2 lead against Sheffield United, before being pegged back by Aston Villa in the second half during Sunday's clash. 

With the likes of Mauricio Pochettino available for work, the need for Solskjaer to get back to winning ways is pressing.  

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