Juventus are comfortably placed, being a full 20 points ahead of Napoli who sit at 11th. The Turin-based side are 3rd with 50 points, 11 behind Bayern and 16 behind leaders Barcelona. They are also 5 points ahead of Dortmund and 6 points ahead of Madrid and Liverpool who are just out of the European spots. On the cup front, Juve were knocked out in the Shield 4th round by Porto, losing 2-0, but they face a big night at the Mestalla tomorrow, where they play the Cup semi-final vs Valencia. A loss could force DP out of the club. It will be interesting to see how he approaches that game. They are on course to finishing 3rd in the league, but the cup is where things matter at the moment. Juve are still in the Champions Cup, where they play fellow Italians Palermo, so that could save his head.
2. David Senior – Valencia
Valencia are 9 points ahead of 17th placed Manchester United, propped up in mid-table (11th) with 31 points. Barring a spectacular collapse, David Senior will stay on at the Mestalla for another season. He will, however, want to beat DP in tomorrow’s big semi-final.
3. Brian Clough – Internazionale
The promotion race in Division 2 is tight, with a number of teams in it. Brian Clough is currently in danger of the sack, as his side sit at 10th place, 3 behind 7th placed Newcastle. It will be a tense couple of months as Inter try to push into the play-offs spot. Even if he does make it to 7th, the Inter faithful may still force him out if they are forced to see bitter rivals AC Milan lift the trophy at the San Siro.
4. Nathan Prince – Besiktas JK
Division 3 is also tight, but at the moment Besiktas are trying to push for automatic promotion. The Turks are currently 5th with 41 points, 4 behind 3rd placed Aston Villa. Though they are only 2 ahead of Cruzeiro (8th), they are a full 8 ahead of Southampton (11th), so Nathan Prince should be safe in his job come next season.
5. Roy Keane – Real Madrid
Similar to DP, when it comes to the league, Madrid are comfortable. They are pushing for the top 4, just a point behind Dortmund who are 4th. With 44 points, they are 14 ahead of 11th placed Napoli. Madrid were knocked out of the shield early on in the 2nd round by Juventus’s neighbours, Torino. However they face Porto away in the other cup semi-final tomorrow. A big game for Roy Keane and his future at the Bernabeu. A loss could see him lose his job. RM are still in the Champions Cup, where they play Krasnodar in the next round, so that could be his saving grace. Let’s see; T100 will be watching keenly.
In the scenario that VFB Stuttgart finish in 11th-20th position in any seasonal campaign whilst in Division 4, Feargal A Hickey would resign with immediate effect & seek employment at another club within Top 100.
Division 4 is the tightest division this season, so even though Stuttgart are 5th with 37 points, they are only 4 ahead of 11th placed Hamburger. In fact, they are only 6 points ahead of Dynamo Moskva, who are 17th and are in the relegation zone. On the other hand, they are 5 behind leader leaders (for now) Villarreal. Thus, Feargal’s side could finish anywhere in the table, so it is up to his team to play well consistently in order for their manager to stay in his job.
7. Sameer Arshad – Schalke 04
In the scenario that Schalke finish in 16th-20th position in any seasonal campaign, Sameer Arshad would resign with immediate effect & seek employment at another club within Top 100.
Winless in the last 9 games, and having lost his last 7, Sameer Arshad’s grip on his job is precarious. Their loss of form has seen them fall to 16th, at which he would lose his job at the end of the season. Only 2 behind Atletico Madrid (15th), an upturn in form could see him remain safely. On the other hand, further performances like the last few could see Schalke flirt with relegation. Unlikely to lose his job outright (19th placed Leverkusen are 10 behind), Sameer has to work hard in the coming weeks to secure safety both personally and as a team.
8. Greg Owen – Lokomotiv Moscow
Lokomotiv are 14th, but the twist here is that Greg Owen left Russia for Wolfsburg few weeks back, with the Moscow outfit appointing Ashley Holtom. Naturally the stipulation agreed by Greg is void, so Ashley has to focus on keeping his side in D2. Good luck to him.
9. Rahul W – Aston Villa
Carlos Bacca is firing Villa to automatic promotion, or so it seems. Villa have failed to promote in S1 and S2 despite coming close; this year they are contending for 2nd/3rd place with International and other teams (with Genoa flying). Rahul W has choked in previous seasons, which is always possible this year. Likely to make it to the play-offs, but whether it will be 3rd time lucky has to be seen. Let’s hope it is.
Prediction: Not jinxing myself 🙂
10. Mark Deadman – West Bromwich Albion
Mark Deadman was bold in his stipulation, however he is highly unlikely to keep his job. West Brom are currently 18th with 23 points, and are 10 behind 10th placed Twente. A miracle is possible, though unlikely. Mark is highly likely to lose his job either through finishing 19th/20th or through his stipulation.
11. Gursimran Brar – Bayern Munich
In the scenario that Bayern Munich finish in 10th-20th position in any seasonal campaign & also fail to make it to the final of any of Top 100’s cup competitions, Gursimran Brar would resign with immediate effect & seek employment at another club within Top 100.
Bayern are challenging with Barcelona for the title. The Germans are 5 behind leaders Barcelona, a fight that will be fun to watch. They lost in both cup competitions in the 3rd round (Cup to Man Utd, Shield to Espanyol). The Champions Cup must remain a prerogative then: if they get knocked out of that, Gursimran will have to face the sack. They play QPR in the coming round. The developments in the coming weeks should be interesting.
12. Gordan ‘Gino’ Kinnear – Liverpool
Liverpool are enjoying a great season (for their standards) under Gordon Kinnear. Currently at 6th, they have 44 points, beating S2’s total of 38 points and are 22 points ahead of 17th placed Manchester Utd. Gino is set to enjoy another season at Anfield.