To sack or not to sack

Updated: January 3, 2012, 3:50 PM ET
By Michael Cox | Special to ESPN.com

Collectively not known for their patience and tolerance, Premier League chairmen are being remarkably patient with their managers this season.

In the previous five Premier League campaigns, there had been two, seven, six, three and two managerial departures by the turn of the year. By contrast, in 2011-12 there has been just one -- Sunderland replacing Steve Bruce with Martin O'Neill.

The Premier League compares favorably to other major European leagues in this ...

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