Three Managers Sit Joint-Top of EPL Sack Race Betting Odds
The sack race is that rare type of contest that no one wants to win. The misfortune this season belongs to Javi Gracia, who was dismissed by Watford at the weekend despite an 11th-place finish and run to the FA Cup final in 2018/19.
A four-game winless run at the start of the current campaign was deemed to be not good enough by the Hornets’ notoriously ruthless hierarchy, with Quique Sanchez Flores returning for a second spell at Vicarage Road.
The focus now turns towards which Premier League boss will be next to lose his job, with three men level in BetVictor’s market at 6/1 (+600) apiece.
Next EPL Manager To Go?
|Boss||Odds (Fraction)||Odds (US)||Odds (Decimal)|
|Ole Gunnar Solskjaer||6/1||+600||7.00|
Following the incredibly popular Rafael Benitez in the Newcastle United hot seat would not be an easy task for anyone, but Steve Bruce felt like a particularly underwhelming appointment.
Some fans criticised the move because of Bruce’s Sunderland connections, but even more concerning is his generally patchy record in the top flight. Would another club have chosen him as their manager?
The Magpies have one of the weakest squads in the division, and it is no surprise that they remain among the Premier League relegation favourites.
Four points from four games is a decent return given that Newcastle have already faced Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, but Bruce will have his work cut out in the coming weeks as his side face Liverpool, Leicester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Unless Newcastle can pull off some upsets, the pressure on Bruce will steadily build.
Solskjaer On Thin Ice?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a great deal more popular with his club’s supporters, but it is impossible to ignore Manchester United’s record since he was handed the job on a permanent basis in March.
Since then, the Red Devils have won only three out of 12 Premier League matches. Solskjaer excelled as caretaker boss but looks out of his depth at this level, and the United board may be beginning to wonder whether they made a mistake in handing him the reins full-time.
Interestingly, Mauricio Pochettino – widely regarded as one of the world’s leading coaches – is available at the same price as Bruce and Solskjaer.
The Tottenham boss has not been shy in publicising his frustrations in recent weeks, and there were even rumours that he could resign after the north London derby last weekend, prompting sportsbooks to suspend betting on his future.
That did not come to pass, though, and it would be a surprise if Pochettino walked out on the job in the middle of the season, while it would surely take a disaster of epic proportions for Daniel Levy to sack the best manager Spurs have had during his chairmanship.