We’re through 18 rounds of the 2014-15 Premier League season, and not a single club has fired its manager. The last time this strange occurrence transpired, the year was 1999.
This time a year ago, five managers (Paolo Di Canio, Ian Holloway, Martin Jol, Steve Clarke and Andre Villas-Boas) had either agreed to step down or been relieved of their duties. Malky Mackay was also cast aside by Cardiff City the day after Boxing Day, making a half-dozen managers gone before the New Year.
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According to The Guardian, though, the 2014-15 season may have its first managerial casualty in its sights, pending the result result of one game in particular on Sunday — QPR vs. Crystal Palace (Watch live online via Live Extra, 9 am ET), as the current 16th- and 18th-placed teams, respectively, face off in a midseason relegation six-pointer.
The man allegedly on the chopping block? It’s Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock.
Saturday’s Guardian Sport: Warnock on the brink as Palace lose patience #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers pic.twitter.com/8NnCF4tJnA
— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) December 26, 2014
Warnock only took over at Palace in August, after Tony Pulis vacated the job on the eve of the season opener following a disagreement with the club’s hierarchy.
According to The Guardian‘s report, Palace fans voiced their displeasure following Friday’s 3-1 home defeat to Southampton, insinuating that the fans may be ready for Warnock to go. Palace have won just three of 18 games this season, racking up a modest 15 points, but find themselves just a single point away from relegation safety.