When fighting relegation is the expectation for the new season, bringing in new management represents a serious gamble. Three clubs with such an outlook have taken on such a bet, at a moment of increasingly high stakes. New managers rarely arrive at clubs in positions of strength and winning the hearts and minds of owners, players and fans comes only from the delivery of decent results and good football.
Each of West Ham, Leicester and Newcastle are at considerable risk with their new appointments....
Leicester looked dead and buried last season before Nigel Pearson masterminded a dramatic survival bid. He's since left and been replaced by Claudio Ranieri -- can he keep the Foxes up?
After last season's miraculous escape and a summer that begun with Pearson's sacking, mid-table mediocrity would be delightful.
Leicester finished last season as the Premier League's form side. The Foxes closed 2014-15 with seven wins from their final nine games and will pray momentum spills into this campaign.
Claudio Ranieri has failed in his first task as Leicester manager -- to persuade Esteban Cambiasso to re-sign.
The new Foxes boss begged the 34-year-old to extend his stay at the King Power Stadium, but saw his pleas promptly rejected just 24-hours after tabling an offer.
Cambiasso claims his rejection was swift in order to give Leicester time to find an apt replacement, but it's more likely the Argentine never seriously entertained working with Ranieri again.
The pair endured a frosty relationship...