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Premier League: Hull's Steve Bruce may be only boss to survive in bottom half

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As the Premier League concludes for another season and Manchester City regain the title they lost to Manchester United last year the one major factor that stands out - is that managers can expect a short life span.

Other than Arsenal's Arsenne Wenger, who has been at Arsenal since 1996 the next longest serving Premier League boss is Newcastle's Alan Pardew, who joined in December 2010.

A top ten finish seems to have secured Pardew's future for now if reports on Tyneside are correct. Owner Mike Ashley looks set to stick by Pardew despite a disappointing end to the season.

Wenger, whilst yet to sign a new contract has indicated that he is likely to.

Arsenal apart, the managers of the other four top five sides all look secure - Manuel Pellegrini, Brendan Rodgers, Jose Mourhino and Roberto Martinez all look certain to start with their own clubs next season.

But, sixth place Tottenham look likely to dispense with current head coach, Tim Sherwood, with it rumoured owner Daniel Levy is set to replace him. Sherwood may have taken his last game in charge as Spurs beat another under fire manager in Paul Lambert's Aston Villa on the final day.

Sherwood may have been happy at a final day win but he is bound to be less pleased that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy did not thank him for his work during the season, in a message to the club’s supporters following a disappointing campaign.

Levy believes that below-par performances from a number of the players who joined last summer are down to a period spent settling into life in the Premier League.

Writing on Tottenham’s website, Levy said: “The new signings in the summer had the effect of raising expectations and we all started the season with high hopes, yet the players undoubtedly needed time to adapt to a new league."

In his only reference to the club’s management problems, Levy wrote: “We were also forced to make managerial changes, which is far from ideal mid-season.”

Further down the table, Southampton, Stoke and Crystal Palace all look sure to stick with their current managers who have had good seasons. Likewise Swansea who have just given Gary Monk a three year deal.

Nearer the bottom, Steve Bruce - having taken Hull to the Cup final, and Sunderland's Gus Poyet seem pretty safe.

But Sam Allardyce has come in for criticism from one of the club's co-owners which might signal a change is in the offing at West Ham

David Sullivan told fans at the Club's fans “I want to apologise to the supporters for this season. It’s not been good enough. We all take responsibility and we will work hard to improve things in the future. We will sit down next week and look at what we need to take things forward.”

Villa's Lambert is also another boss who may not last until next season. Not only does it look likely that the club could get new owners, such is the mounting pressure from the fans, that even if the club isn't sold, current owner Randy Lerner would have a serious decision to make.

West Brom have already made one managerial change this season, but Pepe Mel has been appalling, with just four wins. The Baggies have only just survived thanks to Norwich's late season collapse and Mel is under threat given fans unrest.
Mel has been linked with a return to Spanish club Malaga and the vibes do not look good.

That just leaves the vacant Manchester United post - but it seems the best kept secret in football that Luis van Gaal will take over at Old Trafford after the World Cup.

JB

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