English Pemier League - The Firing Line

That gap is getting bigger for West Ham. Three games unbeaten is not enough to stop them falling further off the pace as they now sit five points away from safety. Avram Grant has been given the dreadful vote of confidence but how long has he got? Just one win in 13 games is an abysmal record and barring some sort of minor miracle at Liverpool, it is set to become one in 14.

But he is not alone when it comes to pressure, recent results have seen Roberto Mancini comes under fire at Manchester City. One thing is for sure if he starts drawing too many games like Grant he will be facing the same exit door as his predecessor Mark Hughes. Below are the sack-race rankings.

#1. West Ham - Avram Grant

Still bottom, still just one win and still under fire from his own fans. Draws are keeping him in a job but it’s a testing trip to Liverpool up next, and safety is edging further away.

#2. Man City - Roberto Mancini

Another goalless draw at home but this time to Birmingham sees even more pressure pile on Mancini. Negativity is creeping into his tactics and City look well out of sorts on the pitch.

#3. Liverpool - Roy Hodgson

Watched his side follow on from a poor ending at Wigan with an even worse performance at Stoke. Away form is a big problem for Hodgson but he seems to be improving at home.

#4. Wolves - Mick McCarthy

Same old story for Mick, his side are arguably the better side but finish the game with ‘nil points’. Only goal difference is keeping Wolves off the bottom but McCarthy’s side are due some luck.

#5. Wigan - Roberto Martinez

Just when the situation looks bleak, Martinez inspires his troops to an unexpected win, but he has never won two consecutive Premier League games. Manchester United next.

#6. Birmingham City - Alex McLeish

His side are in the relegation zone and with star-man Alexander Hleb recently dropped, McLeish seems to be having trouble in getting his squad fired up. Chelsea next.

#7. Newcastle - Chris Hughton

Recent home from is among the worse in the league but Hughton has his side sitting pretty in the top-half and that should be enough to impress his superiors…for now.

#8. Blackburn - Sam Allardyce

Unlucky to lose in the fashion they did at Tottenham after two straight wins. Another defeat though will see Big Sam’s side slip back into a relegation fight. Wolves next.

#9. Blackpool - Ian Holloway

Another top result in drawing at West Ham but with the FA asking him to explain his team selection, will Holloway carry out his threat and walk out of the club in the near future?

#10. West Bromwich - Roberto Di Matteo

Only the two bottom sides are on a worse run than West Brom and that early season form has disintegrated. The Italian still relatively new to management faces some testing times.

#11. Fulham - Mark Hughes

The draw specialist strikes again after a credible goalless stalemate at St James’ Park. That’s now eight for the season and the most in the Premier League. Too many draws cost his previous job at Man City.

#12. Sunderland - Steve Bruce

Beating Chelsea away is up there with Bruce’s best wins as a manger, but was it just a flash in the pan in regards to their away from? At home they remain decent with Everton next.

#13. Stoke City - Tony Pulis

Britannia Stadium remains a fortress after Liverpool became the latest rabbit to be caught in the headlights. However away form is abysmal and they travel to West Brom next.

#14. Bolton - Owen Coyle

Bolton go from strength to strength under Coyle but another win came with a warning as Wolves nearly snatched a draw from three goals down. Newcastle will provide another stern test at the Reebok Stadium.

#15. Aston Villa - Gerard Houllier

Could only watch as his side home and hosed threw away a two goal lead against Manchester United. Signing 37-year-old wingers (Robert Pires) is not an orthodox move either.

#16. Everton - David Moyes

Outplayed by Arsenal at Goodison Park, but despite a late revival sees his side just two points off safety. Pressure is off for now but a tricky trip to Sunderland awaits on Monday.

#17. Tottenham - Harry Redknapp

Finally ended the four game winless run but failure to keep another clean sheet is a concern for Redknapp as his side take on free-scoring Arsenal in the north London derby next.

#18. Chelsea - Carlo Ancelotti

Bad week for Ancelotti who saw the lead at the top of the table reduced to two points after Chelsea’s heaviest defeat at home in over eight years. Big test of character coming up.

#19. Arsenal - Arsene Wenger

The form side in the league and in the north London derby faces a team he has never lost at home against. Could even see his young Gunners top by the end of the weekend.

#20. Man United - Sir Alex Ferguson

Snatched a late draw at Villa but despite keeping their unbeaten record, have won once away from home. If that continues it will cost them the title. Fergie knows best though.

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