West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini is feeling the heat already after four defeats from his opening four Premier League games.
West Ham sit bottom of the fledgling table with zero points and a minus eight goal difference.
The poor results come as the Chilean tries to implement a new style and philosophy in East London.
The situation bears a striking resemblance to that of Crystal Palace last season.
Palace acted swiftly to sack Frank de Boer after just four games.
Pellegrini not in ‘imminent’ danger
Pellegrini is now second favourite to bite the bullet behind Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho (Oddschecker).
But a new report from The Mirror claims Pellegrini is not in ‘imminent’ danger despite bookmakers slashing odds on him being sacked.
“There is no suggestion that owners David Gold and David Sullivan will copy Crystal Palace, who jettisoned Frank de Boer after four consecutive defeats for starters 12 months ago,” The Mirror reports.
“But the pressure is already mounting on Pellegrini whose team face a testing sequence of fixtures after the international break with games against Everton, Chelsea and Manchester United this month.”
It is too early for any self-respecting club to abandon such a major overhaul.
But all the signs so far have not been good.
There has barely been a hint of the Hammers being a competitive, cohesive and well-drilled team.
On the evidence so far a season-long relegation battle looms.
Cardiff put West Ham’s Arsenal display into perspective
Even West Ham’s most encouraging display so far in the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal was put into perspective by newly-promoted Cardiff City’s gallant performance against the Gunners in a late 3-2 defeat on Sunday.
Fans must stay calm but the players have to give the supporters some hope too.
The workrate of the team must improve. West Ham have the third lowest running stats in the league so far.
That kind of data played a big part in Slaven Bilic losing his job last season.
Pellegrini now has the international break to try and turn things around before facing a Richarlison-less Everton away next time out.