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Who will be the first managerial casualty of 2021/22?

The 2021/22 Premier League campaign is now only a few weeks away and attention is being turned towards which managers may be sent packing in the early weeks of the 2021/22 season.


Update: 27.07.21


All of the leading UK bookmakers have released odds on who they believe will be the next managerial casualty in the Premier League and while Watford boss Xisco Munoz remains the favourite in the market, the odds on Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira losing his job before any other top-flight boss have been slashed decisively. Indeed some bookies have Vieira chalked in as favourite in this particular betting market at odds as low as 6/1 while Munoz himself is 6/1 across the board.

Vieira took charge of Crystal Palace earlier this month and his new charges have a tricky start to the season, their opening game of the 2021/22 campaign being against London rivals Chelsea. Over the next five weeks they will face West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool as well as new boys Brentford, therefore Vieira really needs to hit the ground running.

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce also remains one of the leading contenders in the ‘Premier League Sack Race’ market at general odds of 15/2. The Magpies gaffer has never really proven to be a hit with the Toon Army faithful and whilst he steered his side to a decent finish last season, many believe that Newcastle will be one of the relegation strugglers next term. A poor start to the season would certainly increase the pressure on the under-fire boss and the likelihood is that the board will be watching his progress carefully.


First Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22


6/1  –  Xisco Munoz

6/1  –  Patrick Vieira

15/2 –  Steve Bruce

10/1 –  Ralph Hassenhuttl

10/1 –  Mikel Arteta

14/1 –  Daniel Farke





It’s fair to say that Newcastle United fans haven’t generally been impressed with boss Steve Bruce’s time spent in the dugout, however a solid end to the 2020/21 campaign might well have bought the Toon boss some more time in the eyes of the Newcastle United board.

The stark fact is that few managers are safe in the Premier League and the cut and thrust of football management can be a ruthless and cruel place. The likes of Pep Guardiola, Thomas Tuchel, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jurgen Klopp can perhaps be optimistic as to their chances of avoiding the chop this coming season but much can change in football over a short space of time and a poor run can result in the fans, and sometimes the board, turning against a previously popular and successful boss.

The likes of Watford and Norwich City are expected to struggle back in the Premier League and as such, their respective managers are amongst those expected to be shown the door in the early stages of the campaign. Brentford too are expected to find life tough in their first ever Premier League campaign although with Thomas Frank having guided them there in the first place, most pundits believe that he will be given a lengthier stay of execution.

As things stand, Watford gaffer Xisco Munoz is the man deemed most likely to be shown the door next season and most firms go 6/1 that he becomes the first managerial casualty of 2021/22. Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuttl comes in next at general odds of 8/1 alongside Newcastle boss Steve Bruce at the same odds. Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta, Norwich City’s Daniel Farke and new Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira complete the top-six in the market at 10/1 apiece.


First Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22


6/1  –  Xisco Munoz

8/1  –  Ralph Hassenhuttl

8/1  –  Steve Bruce

10/1 –  Mikel Arteta

10/1 –  Daniel Farke

10/1 –  Patrick Vieira

12/1 –  Sean Dyche

14/1 –  Bruno Lage

14/1 –  Thomas Frank

14/1 –  Rafael Benitez