Date: 25th September 2022 at 4:16pm
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The Premier League returns next weekend, with several clubs in need of a win to curb their respective downward trends. 

Leicester City remain without a win this season and boss Brendan Rodgers is under fire, while former England midfield duo Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard are also in need of results for Everton and Aston Villa respectively.

The Toffees narrowly avoided the drop last term and have started slowly once again, while Villa currently sit just three points above the relegation places after seven matches this season.

It has been suggested that Gerrard, who took over the midlands club in November last year, could be in danger of losing his job if Villa’s results don’t improve.

The former England captain was unfortunate to lose new signing Diego Carlos to a long-term injury just weeks into his Villa career, but his overall record at the club leaves a lot to be desired.

Villa have won just two of their seven Premier League matches so far this season

If he were to be sacked, former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino could be in line to succeed him, according to reports.

As per Football Insider, the Argentina is interested in taking over at Villa Park if Gerrard is sacked.

The same outlet has previously suggested that both Pochettino and Graham Potter were candidates to take over at Villa Park, but the latter has since been appointed Chelsea manager.

Pochettino, 50, was sacked by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy back in November 2019, just months after guiding The Lilywhites to their first ever Champions League final.

He then took charge at Paris Saint-Germain in January 2021, and guided the them to the Ligue 1 title during his first full season in the French capital.

The ex-Southampton boss parted ways with PSG in July this year, though, and he has since been out of a job.

It is claimed that he rejected an approach from French side Nice last week, and also that he is looking for ‘the right project’ which doesn’t necessarily mean a club that are currently in the Champions League.

Villa owners Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris have backed Gerrard – as well as his predecessors – financially, spending more than £60 million during the recent transfer window.

The investment didn’t have the desired effect though, and Villa lost three of their opening four Premier League matches.

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