By Pete O'Rourke | | 3 mins
Steve Bruce Second Favorite in Premier League Sack Race Odds
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has been replaced by Watford chief Javi Gracia in the betting to be the first Premier League manager to lose his job this season.
Bruce was previously 5/2 (+250) favourite to be the first manager to leave this season before this weekend's action, but he has now drifted out to 8/1 (+800) with BetVictor following his side's impressive first win of the campaign at Tottenham on Sunday.
Watford tactician Gracia has now been backed into 11/8 (+138) favourite from 6/1 with BetVictor to become the first managerial casualty of the season after overseeing three straight defeats to the start of the Premier League campaign.
The Hornets, who reached last season's FA Cup final, are the only side yet to pick up a point from the first three rounds of games in the Premier League.
Watford have lost to Brighton, Everton and West Ham, conceding seven goals and scoring just once to raise the alarm bells in the corridors of power at Vicarage Road.
EPL Sack Race Odds
|First to be sacked||Odds (Fraction)||Odds (US)||Odds (Decimal)|
|Ole Gunnar Solskjaer||10/1||+1000||11.0|
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Watford's slump in form comes off a disappointing run at the back end of last season after losing their last four games last term and with the club's owners now afraid to make changes, punters have latched on quickly to Gracia becoming the first manager to go this season.
Gracia and Bruce lock horns in the Premier League next weekend in what could prove to be a pivotal game for both managers, but another defeat for Watford could spell the end of Gracia and ease the pressure on Bruce.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is third favourite in the sack race following United’s shock home defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend.
The Norwegian, who has found his position under pressure after a dismal end to last season, is also 8/1 (+800) with BetVictor to be the first manager to lose his job and is best price 10/1 (+1000) with Betfair.
Crystal Palace chief Roy Hodgson has drifted out in the betting after masterminding his side's impressive 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford with the former England boss 9/1 (+900) with Paddy Power and best price 12/1 (+1200) with BetVictor.
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About the Author
Pete O'Rourke is an experienced football journalist who has worked for the Press Association, Sky Sports, ESPN and others across three decades in the industry.