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The season's just started but the managerial merry-go-round has well and truly begun


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The transfer market may have closed, but the movement of managers at clubs has only just begun. Blackpool United's Gary Bowyer became the first to depart during the 2018/19 season, with even more positions already looking questionable.

Although Bowyer’s departure may have been voluntary, with the club indicating the former gaffer sought to spend more time with family, the following exits looked anything but a resignation.

Gary Johnson of Cheltenham Town was the first to be sacked from his job this season following his team equalising in the 85th minute of the match against Macclesfield.

Johnson was removed from his position despite only managing four league matches into the season, albeit Cheltenham conceding defeat in three-quarters of those outings. The assistant manager, Russell Milton has stepped in as a caretaker manager until the club can appoint their next gaffer.

Potential replacements lined up for the new job include ex-Cheltenham Town player Martin Devaney, former Birmingham City defender and current Bath City manager Jerry Gill, and the current caretaker manager, Russell Milton.

Another manager who has faced a similar fate to Gary Johnson was the former manager of Scunthorpe United, Nick Daws, who was sacked after only four league games this season.

Daws took the job back in May this year and even claimed victory over Coventry in their opening game, but a string of defeats to Sunderland and Scunthorpe was enough to seal the fate for the 48-year-old.

The former Motherwell and Bradford City gaffer, Stuart McCall, has now officially been appointed as the new manager and will head to Accrington Stanley for his first game at the helm of the club.

The last manager to face the axe so far this season is former England and West Ham midfielder, Kevin Nolan from League Two side Notts County.

Despite only being at the head of the managerial staff for just over a year, a run of six winless games was proof enough for the club’s board that he was simply not up to the job.

The board are still to make their new managerial appointment, but rumours are swirling in the footballing world as to who will take control over the Magpies for the remainder of the season.

Harry Kewell of Crawley Town is one of the current front-runners for the job, with the former Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer and the former Carlisle United gaffer Kieth Curle also having their names thrown into the ring.

One thing is for certain; there will be plenty more managers departing their clubs in the coming weeks, with rumours already whirling as to who will be the next one out.

Looking back to last season, one surprising name to supposedly serve risk of facing the sack is Manchester United boss, José Mourinho.

The Monday night 3-0 defeat to Tottenham at Old Trafford has caused a huge stir in the footballing world.

It is not often that a supposed great team of Europe faces a 3-0 defeat, let alone at home. It is therefore understandable that the United gaffer is currently up against the ropes, especially as they already faced a defeat against Brighton while seemingly not making the most of funds available to him to spend in summer.

Mourinho may not have left the club but that hasn’t stopped the footballing world from speculating as to who his potential replacement may be.

The names that are largely being thrown around by most footballing pundits include former Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, the current Tottenham Hotspurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino and the former Chelsea gaffer, Antonio Conte.

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