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This week’s English for Football expressions are connected to losing your job and focus on the insecurity of being a Premiership manager. There are many words and expressions that mean losing your job, with the most common being sacked, fired and axed. They all have a negative meaning and suggest that the decision to leave the position (or club) was taken by the chairperson or boss. This is different from retired or resigned which mean that the person made their own decision to leave. Other negative words for fired include, to be dismissed, to be kicked out, to be released. So, for example, this week Alan Pardew was sacked as West Ham’s manager due to poor performances and results that have left the team in 18th position. The new chairman fired Pardew after the team lost 4-0 to Bolton last Sunday.

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