How Many Points Do You Need To Avoid The Sack?


Final issue of the ‘How Many Points Do You Need To…?‘ series.

This time, how to keep your job (bottom two, positions 19 and 20, get sacked)!

Division One – 34 points

34 points to keep your job in D1.

33 might be good enough.

32 isn’t.

Simples!

Season Div Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts

7 1 18 Atlético Madrid 38 8 10 20 35 56 -21 34
4 1 17 Atlético Madrid 38 8 10 20 42 69 -27 34
7 1 19 Borussia Mönchengladbach 38 8 9 21 31 55 -24 33
1 1 19 Tottenham Hotspur 38 8 9 21 54 80 -26 33
6 1 17 Ajax 38 8 9 21 30 57 -27 33
4 1 18 Zenit Saint Petersburg 38 8 9 21 31 59 -28 33
6 1 18 Villarreal CF 38 7 12 19 31 61 -30 33
1 1 20 AS Roma 38 8 8 22 48 70 -22 32
5 1 18 Borussia Dortmund 38 6 14 18 33 56 -23 32
2 1 19 Olympique Lyonnais 38 6 14 18 25 53 -28 32

Division Two – 37 points

Ted Powell got sacked by Saint-Etienne last season despite amassing a truly valiant 41 points.

Sunderland finished 18th in Season 2 with a measly 29 points.

You’ve got a chance with 36 points, but 37 looks like the minimum to aim for in D2.

Season Div Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts

2 2 16 Sporting CP 38 8 13 17 35 53 -18 37
3 2 17 Lokomotiv Moskva 38 9 10 19 40 59 -19 37
2 2 17 AS Saint-Etienne 38 8 13 17 38 58 -20 37
5 2 19 Olympique Lyonnais 38 9 9 20 44 56 -12 36
3 2 18 Boca Juniors 38 8 12 18 28 49 -21 36
6 2 18 SS Lazio 38 9 9 20 31 57 -26 36
3 2 19 FC Basel 38 9 9 20 42 73 -31 36
1 2 18 CSKA Moskva 38 7 14 17 34 50 -16 35
4 2 19 Newcastle United 38 8 11 19 38 56 -18 35
7 2 20 Sampdoria 38 8 11 19 37 59 -22 35

Division Three – 38 points

Leicester finished 19th in Season 5 with 41 points.

Sassuolo and Internacional did likewise with 40 and 39 points respectively, in the first two seasons.

Marseille finished 18th in Season 6 with just 35 points.

38 points seems to be the magic number to aim for in D3.

Season Div Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts

2 3 19 Sassuolo 38 10 10 18 49 64 -15 40
4 3 17 FC Basel 38 9 13 16 36 52 -16 40
1 3 19 SC Internacional 38 9 12 17 55 63 -8 39
4 3 18 Stoke City 38 9 12 17 41 54 -13 39
7 3 17 AZ Alkmaar 38 10 9 19 46 60 -14 39
7 3 18 Boca Juniors 38 11 5 22 41 71 -30 38
5 3 20 São Paulo FC 38 6 19 13 34 47 -13 37
4 3 19 Udinese Calcio 38 9 10 19 43 60 -17 37
1 3 20 West Ham United 38 10 6 22 47 63 -16 36
6 3 18 Olympique Marseille 38 5 20 13 41 57 -16 35
6 3 19 Beşiktaş JK 38 7 14 17 33 50 -17 35

Division Four – 42 points

Stuttgart’s 36 points last season is the lowest points total to finish outside of the bottom two in D4 history.

The next lowest is Santos in Season 5, who got 38.

Hertha and Olympiacos sacked their managers at the end of Season 1, after they achieved 41 points apiece.

West Brom, Dynamo Moskva and Montpellier all sacked their managers for getting 40 points, but finishing in the bottom two.

40 points might be enough, or it might not. 41 probably is enough, but 42 almost certainly keep you in a job.

Season Div Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 4 19 Hertha BSC 38 12 5 21 51 64 -13 41
4 4 17 Lille OSC 38 10 11 17 23 38 -15 41
1 4 20 Olympiacos 38 10 11 17 47 73 -26 41
2 4 18 Celta Vigo 38 10 10 18 38 49 -11 40
2 4 19 West Bromwich Albion 38 8 16 14 45 57 -12 40
3 4 19 Dynamo Moskva 38 9 13 16 46 59 -13 40
4 4 18 River Plate 38 10 10 18 39 52 -13 40
6 4 17 FC Basel 38 10 10 18 38 63 -25 40
4 4 19 Montpellier HSC 38 11 7 20 31 56 -25 40

Division Five – 40 points

33 points was enough to keep the Partizan manager in his job in Season 2.

36 kept him in post in Season 3.

38 kept the Twente boss in a job in Season 4.

39 wasn’t enough to save the Koln manager in Season 6.

38 or 39 points will probably be enough, but 40 is the minimum number to aim for in D5.

Season Div Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts

6 5 19 1. FC Köln 38 10 9 19 40 51 -11 39
4 5 18 FC Twente 38 10 8 20 40 61 -21 38
1 5 19 Werder Bremen 38 10 7 21 33 57 -24 37
7 5 19 FC Twente 38 9 10 19 32 63 -31 37
3 5 18 FK Partizan 38 7 15 16 33 46 -13 36
3 5 19 West Bromwich Albion 38 9 9 20 42 64 -22 36
5 5 19 Rubin Kazan 38 9 8 21 45 64 -19 35
7 5 20 Independiente 38 7 12 19 24 38 -14 33
2 5 17 FK Partizan 38 7 12 19 31 57 -26 33

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