The international break is traditionally a time when clubs consider changing their management structure, and September is no different for Europe’s leading clubs.
In the Premier League, two managers have already lost their jobs: Bournemouth sacked Scott Parker and Chelsea surprisingly sacked Thomas Tuchel after a lacklustre start to the season.
There could be more to come in the next two weeks as several head coaches on the continent are under threat.
Here are the managers whose jobs are on the line:
These are managers who could be fired immediately or if they get a negative result in the next game.
Brendan Rodgers – Leicester
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is the main favourite to become the next Premier League manager to be sacked. He has spoken openly about his frustration at the lack of investment in the club this summer, and on the pitch his team have taken just one point from a possible 21, leaving them at the bottom of the Premier League table.
Max Allegri – Juventus
There is already talk of who could replace Max Allegri at Juventus, and Thomas Tuchel is high on many fans’ list. In any case, there is no great love for Allegri in Turin at the moment. After the 0-1 loss away at Monza, many fans want him to leave the club, and it is only a board that refuses to sack the coach in mid-season – and a huge payout of over €25 million – that is keeping him in the job.
Marco Giampaolo – Sampdoria
Marco Giampaolo is in danger of being sacked after a disastrous start to the season at Sampdoria. Samp have taken just two points from their opening seven games and are currently last in Serie A. They have lost three games in a row and conceded 13 goals.
Niko Kovač – Wolfsburg
Kovač has only played eight games as Wolfsburg manager, but after a terrible start to the season there may not be many more. His men have taken just five points in the Bundesliga so far and have failed in attack. In fact, no team in the Bundesliga has scored fewer goals.
Gerardo Seaone – Bayer Leverkusen
Swiss manager Gerardo Seaone may soon realise that memories are short in football. After leading Leverkusen to third place in the Champions League this season, he has come under intense pressure after a poor start to the season. His men won just two games in all competitions, including a loss in the DFB Cup to Elversberg in Ligue 3. He received a vote of confidence.
It’s unlikely he’ll be sacked soon, but he could come under pressure if they suffer another defeat or two.
Julian Nagelsmann – Bayern Munich
Standards at Bayern Munich are high, so four games without a win in the Bundesliga automatically means a coach is under scrutiny, especially when FCB are five points ahead at the top of the table. The win in the Champions League against Barcelona means he has retained his recognition, but the pressure is mounting, even if the board continues to support him.
Peter Bosz – Lyon
Lyon made the controversial decision to keep Peter Bosz at the helm after a disappointing first season, and the signs are that the second season will be no better. OL have lost their last three Ligue 1 games, although a much improved performance in Sunday’s 1-0 loss to PSG has at least provided some optimism that the situation is not definitive.
Julen Lopetegui – Sevilla
Lopetegui still has a lot to do at Sevilla, but that doesn’t detract from the disappointing start to the season. The team’s only win came away to Espanyol, while they suffered heavy defeats to Barcelona and Manchester City. A 0-0 draw in Copenhagen leaves their advancement to the Champions League in doubt.