Poll: Is time about to run out for Van Gaal and Mourinho?


As we enter the final round of fixtures in the Champions League group stage rarely has there been so much pressure on the men leading the English sides into battle.

While Arsenal are far from guaranteed a place in the knock-out stages it appears that the Gunners’ solid league form is keeping Arsene Wenger comfortably in his seat, while Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal might be getting twitchy.

The start to the Premier League campaign has been a disaster for Mourinho, with his Chelsea team languishing two points above the relegation zone in 15th position.

A solid beginning to their European quest was a brief respite but defeat to Porto on the continent means that another loss against his former team could see ‘The Special One’ exit the Champions League, and potentially his job.

Under slightly less pressure, though still with his critics is Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman has ensured Manchester United are up there pushing for the title, but it is his style of play that has come in for abuse from the Stretford End.

Cries of “attack, attack, attack!” were heard earlier in the season, with the Red Devils perhaps opting for a more safety-first approach.

United must win against Wolfsburg this evening to guarantee a passage into the last-16 and continue their European adventure, and with the English side priced up as 9/4 underdogs, that won’t be straight forward.

Ladbrokes are offering 12/1 that both managers find themselves out of a job by the weekend, likely to be down to poor performances in midweek.

It’s 5/4 that one of them is handed his P45 after the European fixtures, while the price on both being in charge of their side’s next Premier League fixture is 4/7.

But what do you think? Is it likely that one of the Premier League’s big hitters is looking for a new manager ahead of the weekend? Or will things continue as normal after this week’s Champions League fixtures?

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.