Christmas time. It is, so the song goes, supposed to be thee season of goodwill to all men.
For some football managers
, however, that goodwill won’t extend from the chairmen and boards of their respective clubs. After all, the festive period is notorious for seeing sides across Europe dispensing with their underperforming gaffers.
Which bosses are most at risk from receiving a chop more dreaded than those turkeys that have lined up in recent weeks though? Fear not, for 90min is on hand to give you the rundown on who we think is the most likely to be handed their P45 in time for Christmas dinner:
7. Paul Hartley (Dundee)
Paul Hartley left Dundee supporters swooning after guiding them back in the Scottish Premiership in his maiden campaign in charge, and saw further praise lavished on him following last term’s sixth-placed finish.
Things have not been rosy for the former Aberdeen star this season, though, with the Dees languishing in 10th place just two points above the drop zone.
Three wins in the last six league encounters have helped to stem the calls for his departure but, with an away trip to Celtic and a home encounter against fourth-placed Hearts, before a massive six-pointer against fellow strugglers Partick Thistle to come before the end of 2016, Hartley may not be enjoying a Happy New Year in two weeks’ time.