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Steve Bruce Second Favorite in Premier League Sack Race Odds

Steve Bruce Second Favorite in Premier League Sack Race Odds
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Steve Bruce has only been in the Newcastle job a matter of days but not many punters expect him to last long in the St James' Park dugout.

Bruce's appointment as Rafa Benitez's successor has been met by an underwhelming response from Newcastle fans and they are fearing the worst under the former Sunderland manager.

The experienced campaigner has his work cut out to win over the Newcastle faithful, but bookmakers feel he also has a job on his hands to hang onto his job for any considerable time.

Bruce is second favourite at 8/1 (+800) with William Hill to be the first Premier League boss to leave his role next season with only Crystal Palace chief Roy Hodgson and Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer ahead of him in the market as joint 7/1 favourites.

Bruce is best priced 12/1 (+1200) with BetVictor to be the first managerial casualty of the 2019/20 campaign.

Christmas Wish

The 58-year-old is as short as 5/1 (+500) with William Hill not to be in charge of Newcastle by Christmas Day and the Magpies are also rated 8/1 (+800) to be bottom of the class in the Premier League table by the time Father Christmas comes.

On the flip side, Bruce to steer Newcastle to the top of the Premier League by Christmas that is a whopping 250/1 (+25000) shot with Bet365.

For context, Bet365 go 750/1 (+75000) for Bruce to confound his critics and lead Newcastle to Premier League glory next season, while a top four finish for the Magpies is rated at 66/1 (+6600).

A top half finish would be something of a success for Newcastle in their current predicament and Bet365 go 10/3 (+333) for that to happen next season and a bottom half finish is as short as 2/9 (-450).

Newcastle fans have long been crying out for trophy success, with their last major silverware coming in 1969 when they lifted the Fairs Cup and the new-look Newcastle under Bruce are rated 50/1 (+5000) with Bet365 to win the FA Cup next season.

They are a slightly shorter price of 40/1 (+4000) to go all the way and claim the Carabao Cup next term.