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Goodison Park will spell trouble for Aston Villa manager

| 05.10.2015

Following Liverpool’s decision to dismiss Brendan Rodgers on Sunday, Goodison Park has now claimed the jobs of three Premier League bosses.

Rodgers joins Carlo Ancelotti and David Moyes as a victim of the stadium’s curse, the Italian was a goner after his Chelsea side lost 1-0 in 2011 and the writing was on the wall for Moyes after his former club beat Manchester United 2-0 in 2014.

Claiming the managerial careers of three managers since 2011 shows the power of the Goodison curse, and it could soon get even stronger.

Tim Sherwood is 6/1 to be the next gaffer to join Rodgers in unemployment, and he takes his Aston Villa side to Everton next month.

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The only other visitors to the ground before then are Man United and Norwich City and, unless something disastrous happens, neither Louis Van Gaal or Alex Neil are in danger of losing their jobs.

Only Steve McClaren, priced at 5/4, and Jose Mourinho, at 5/2, are ahead of the Villa boss in the sack race, but the curse could put Sherwood in more danger.

He faces a tough run-in before heading to Goodison, with away trips to Chelsea and Tottenham while hosting Manchester City and Swansea, meaning he’ll likely be under increased pressure at Everton.

Conversely, Mourinho has a chance to get his team back on form when heading to Villa Park, while McClaren could bring some much needed positivity to Newcastle with wins against any or all of Norwich, Stoke and local rivals Sunderland.

The Villains haven’t won in the league since beating Bournemouth on the opening day, and looking at their run-in it seems hard to see where they will pick up three points.

Similarly, their form at Everton won’t provide any encouragement , they’ve lost back-to-back games there and haven’t managed a win at The Grand Old Lady since 2008.

Therefore, Sherwood will be heading to Merseyside winless and under immense pressure, meaning he will be the latest victim of the Goodison Park curse.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.