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Stoke And West Ham Gaffers Are Amongst 3 Managers Who Are Under Pressure After Their Start

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

With Everton taking on Sunderland tonight, the fourth game week of the Premier League will be over. While the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton, Chelsea fans will be happy with how their team have fared so far, things have not been rosy for all the clubs. A number of clubs have been far from impressive this campaign so far and needs to improve really soon. Here are a few of them.

Tony Pulis

We have seen West Brom fans being frustrated with their owner and their manager Tony Pulis for their lack of activity in the transfer market and the style of football being deployed in front of large turnouts. Despite a few deals on the last two days of the transfer window, the Baggies have been one of the worst sides during the summer transfer window. A team, that scored just 34 goals throughout the last season which was the second least in the Premier League, needed massive bolstering up front and we understand the reason for the frustrations from the fans.

Having started their season with a 1-0 away win against Crystal Palace, the Baggies have managed to collect just one point from three games after that and lost 1-0 to Bournemouth on Saturday which heaps more pressure on Pulis. Fans deserve much better and if the Welshman fails to deliver soon, we might see Pulis being the first to go.


Slaven Bilic

Who would have thought that Bilic could make this list after the kind of season he had last time around! The Croat failed to lead the Hammers to Europa League after losing the playoffs to Domzale for the second successive season and moreover, West Ham’s start to the Premier League is also worrying and Bilic has to take the blame for it.

The Hammers were shocked on Saturday by Watford as the Hornets made a stunning comeback from 2-0 down to win the game 2-4. Just one win this season and three losses, failure to make it to the Europa League, Bilic has to buckle up really soon as he is running out of time.

Mark Hughes

Stoke City have made a remarkable progress over the last three years under Mark Hughes who has helped the Potters improve as a unit. After three back to back ninth-placed finishes, big things were expected of the Potters this time around. But expectations and reality stand miles away from each other.

Four games into the season, all Stoke City have managed so far is one draw and sit at the rock bottom of the table. Two goals scored and 10 conceded, Mark Hughes needs to address a number of areas to inspire his team to come back from such a difficult position. Stoke tend to start slow, but having shown absolutely no spirit, their fans are slowly getting restless by the lackadaisical attitude of the players and the inability of Hughes in changing that.

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