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

The 2021/22 Premier League campaign is now about to return the international break and attention is being turned towards which managers may be sent packing in the coming weeks.

 

Update: 13.10.21

 

The likelihood of Steve Bruce managing to keep his job appear to be extremely remote following the recent takeover of the club and the odds on him becoming the next managerial casualty in the Premier League continue to be slashed.

There is much speculation as to whom the next manager of Newcastle United will be and many names are in the frame to succeed Steve Bruce. Clearly the club haven’t yet decided to get rid of their current boss however although it seems inconceivable that he will keep his position following the dreadful start to the season. The new club owners will want to start seeing results and given that the Magpies are still in search of their first league win of the season, it certainly doesn’t look good for Bruce.

The bookies continue to shorten the odds on Steve Bruce being the next managerial casualty in the Premier League with most firms now going 1/14 odds-on that he loses his job before any other top-flight manager. As things stand, Newcastle sit second from bottom of the Premier League table with a mere three points collected from their opening seven league outings and unless things start to improve, they will almost certainly find themselves amongst the relegation strugglers as we head further through the season.

Next in the ‘Premier League Sack Race’ market is Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo at general odds of 16/1. Spurs have managed just four wins from their seven league outings this term with three defeats during this time and it is starting to look as though Nuno’s days may be numbered, despite the fact that he has been in the hot-seat for just a few weeks. Also at 16/1 is Daniel Farke, the Norwich City boss presiding over a side sitting firmly at the foot of the division with just a single point to their name.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

1/12 –  Steve Bruce

16/1 –  Nuno Espirito Santo

16/1 –  Daniel Farke

20/1 –  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

20/1 –  Claudio Ranieri

 


 

Update: 07.10.21

Following the announcement that new owners are taking over at St James’ Park, the bookies have slashed the odds on under-fire manager Steve Bruce being the next managerial casualty in the Premier League.

For many fans of Newcastle United, the announcement yesterday that new owners would take over from current owner Mike Ashley marked a very important period for the club. As things stand, the Magpies sit second from bottom of the Premier League table with a mere three points collected from seven matches and no league wins to their name thus far. Yesterday morning, Bruce was a general 3/1 for the chop, however following the announcement of an imminent takeover at the club, these odds have been slashed decisively to a general 1/4, thus making him huge favourite on the ‘Premier League Sack Race’ betting market.

Indeed with Steve Bruce becoming the frontrunner in this betting market, distance has now increased between himself and the other top-flight managers. Next on the list comes Tottenham Hotspur boss Nuno Espirito Santo who is now out at 12/1 while Norwich City’s Daniel Farke is a general 14/1. Despite having only just taken the reins at Watford, Claudio Ranieri is a 16/1 shot to be next for the chop in the Premier League while Manchester United gaffer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is priced at 20/1.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

1/4  –  Steve Bruce

12/1 –  Nuno Espirito Santo

14/1 –  Daniel Farke

16/1 –  Claudio Ranieri

20/1 –  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

 


 

Update: 06.10.21

Steve Bruce will reach a major milestone after the international break when he takes charge of his 1000th match in a managerial capacity, however as things stand he has far more worrying statistics needing to be addressed.

It’s fair to say that Steve Bruce has never been a hugely popular figure on Tyneside, however his ratings are surely now at an all-time low with Newcastle United still in search of their first Premier League win of the season after seven games and second from bottom in the table. The fans are certainly of the opinion that he should make way for someone else, a reported 94% saying that he should leave in a recently-conducted poll by the club’s supporters trust.

The Magpies have conceded no less than sixteen league goals since the start of the season, joint-worst in the division alongside bottom club Norwich City. They have faced 115 shots with 40 of these being on target, this being the highest in the top-flight this term. These bleak figures reflect a far deeper malaise which shows the Newcastle boss grappling with the worst victory rate (29%) of any of the ten clubs at which he has been manager.

As we enter the international break, Bruce is firm favourite to become the next managerial casualty in the top-flight with most bookies going just 3/1 that he gets the chop before any other Premier League boss. This leaves him well above previous favourite Nuno Espirito Santo who is now as high as 6/1 with some bookmakers. Norwich City’s Daniel Farke remains very much in the danger zone, the Canaries boss a general 5/1 shot to be next in line for the axe.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

3/1  –  Steve Bruce

5/1  –  Daniel Farke

6/1  –  Nuno Espirito Santo

6/1  –  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

8/1  –  Claudio Ranieri

10/1 –  Ralph Hassenhuttl

10/1 –  Bruno Lage

 


 

Update: 05.10.21

 

Xisco Munoz proved to be the first managerial casualty in the Premier League in 2021/22, however who will be next for the chop in the top-flight? Numerous names are in the frame with several at single figures in the betting market.

There are no less than five different Premier League bosses shorter than 10/1 on the ‘Premier League Sack Race’ betting market following the sacking of Watford’s Xisco Munoz. As things stand, Tottenham Hotspur boss Nuno Espirito Santo is favourite to be given the heave-ho in the coming days or weeks, the Portuguese manager now as low as 3/1 with some firms on this market. Spurs currently sit in eighth position in the Premier League table with four wins and three defeats from their seven league outings, therefore it’s no surprise to see Nuno feeling the pressure.

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has never really been a favourite on Tyneside and the Magpies boss is next in the market at a general 4/1, however the big mover over the past few days has been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Manchester United gaffer has had his odds slashed from 12/1 to as low as 4/1 following his side’s disappointing draw with Everton at the weekend.

The top-four in the betting are Nuno Espirito Santo (3/1), Steve Bruce (4/1), Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (4/1) and Daniel Farke (11/2), while next in the running order are Mikel Arteta (10/1), Sean Dyche (14/1), Patrick Vieira (14/1) and Bruno Lage (14/1).

It would appear that the most secure gigs are at Liverpool, Chelsea, West Ham United, Manchester City, Brighton and Brentford where managers Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel, David Moyes, Pep Guardiola, Graham Potter and Thomas Frank are all above 50/1 in the market.

 


 

Update: 29.09.21

 

Arsenal’s 3-1 win over North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur has helped ease the pressure on under-fire Gunners manager Mikel Arteta and the focus is now on Spurs gaffer Nuno Espirito Santo.

Having been odds-on to be next in the firing line just a few weeks ago, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is now out at 5/1 on the ‘Premier League Sack Race’ market on account of his side’s turnaround in fortunes. The Gunners have won three Premier League games in succession, culminating in a 3-1 demolition of Spurs on Sunday, and as such the pressure has been somewhat eased on their manager.

That certainly isn’t the case for Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo who may be wishing he had stayed at Molineux after the summer. Tottenham have suffered defeat in each of their last three league outings with an aggregate scoreline of 9-1, therefore it is hardly a shock to see Nuno’s odds slashed on the ‘Sack Race’ market, some firms going as low as 4/1 that he is next in line for the chop.

As things stand, Nuno is level at the top of the market alongside Newcastle United’s Steve Bruce, the Magpies still in search of their first league win of the campaign with just three points collected from their opening six matches.

Watford manager Xisco Munoz is a general 6/1 shot for the chop, ahead of Norwich City manager Daniel Farke whose side sits pointless at the foot of the Premier League table.

 

First Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

4/1  –  Nuno Espirito Santo

4/1  –  Steve Bruce

5/1  –  Mikel Arteta

6/1  –  Xisco Munoz

8/1  –  Daniel Farke

 


 

Update: 22.09.21

 

Arsenal managed a second successive victory when they edged past Burnley to the tune of 1-0 last time out, however boss Mikel Arteta still seems very much like a man living on borrowed time.

It was always going to be inconceivable that the Gunners were going to remain at the foot of the Premier League table throughout the season and as such, it came as no huge surprise when they ended their pointless start to the season by beating Norwich City and Burnley. Nevertheless 1-0 wins over two sides expected to struggle against relegation this season is little to get too excited about and much sterner tests will come Arsenal’s way over the next few weeks and months. These are tests which, going on early-season form, the Gunners will fail and it is hard to escape the conclusion that under-fire manager Mikel Arteta will soon be seeking meaningful employment elsewhere.

For many weeks, Arteta has been favourite in the ‘Premier League Sack Race’ betting market and this hasn’t changed despite the back-to-back wins. The Gunners boss is a general 2/1 to be the first top-flight managerial casualty of the 2021/22 season and in fairness it would come as no surprise were he to be given the heave-ho in the next few weeks, depending on results obviously.

Next in the market is, surprise surprise, Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce. The Magpies’ manager has never been a big hit on Tyneside and few would really mourn his departure should he be given the elbow in the near future. Newcastle have picked up a measly two points from five league outings and the board will surely be losing patience, the bookies going 4/1 that he is next in line for the chop in the Premier League.

 

First Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

2/1  –  Mikel Arteta

4/1  –  Steve Bruce

6/1  –  Xisco Munoz

8/1  –  Daniel Farke

10/1 –  Patrick Vieira

10/1 –  Bruno Lage

16/1 –  Ralph Hassenhuttl

20/1 –  Dean Smith

25/1 –  Nuno Espirito Santo

25/1 –  Rafael Benitez

 


 

Update: 15.09.21

Arsenal collected their first points of the season in their opening game after the international break, however manager Mikel Arteta is still feeling the pressure.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in the 66th minute against Norwich City to give the Gunners their first points of the 2021/22 campaign and in the process lift them off the foot of the Premier League table. Arsenal have suffered a dreadful start to the new campaign with league defeats against Brentford (2-0), Chelsea (0-2) and Manchester City (5-0) prior to the win over Norwich. Indeed while victory over the Canaries was a undoubtedly a welcome result, it does little to ease the pressure on under-fire boss Mikel Arteta who is still favourite to be the next managerial casualty in the Premier League. The Gunners boss is currently Evens to be next in line for the chop in the top-flight and this should come as no surprise given his side’s dreadful start to the campaign.

Elsewhere in the Premier League Sack Race market, Watford boss Xisco Munoz is second favourite for the chop at general odds of 7/2. The Hornets edged to victory over Aston Villa in their season opener but since then they have lost to Brighton & Hove Albion (2-0), Tottenham Hotspur (1-0) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (0-2) in the Premier League, a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup doing little to ease the pressure on the Watford gaffer.

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce comes in next at 15/2, the Magpies sitting second from bottom in the Premier League table with just a single point collected from their four league outings, while Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira is an 11/1 shot for the chop.

 

First Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

Evns  –  Mikel Arteta

7/2 –  Xisco Munoz

15/2 –  Steve Bruce

11/1 –  Patrick Vieira

14/1 –  Ralph Hassenhuttl

16/1 –  Dean Smith

20/1 –  Bruno Lage

20/1 –  Sean Dyche

20/1 –  Daniel Farke

 


 

Update: 31.08.21

Mikel Arteta’s season went from bad to worse when his Arsenal side were demolished by a rampant Manchester City side at the Etihad Stadium last weekend.

If Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was a man under immense pressure before the weekend, he will be more so following the 5-0 thrashing by defending Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday. Pep Guardiola’s men tore into the depleted Gunners with ease and ripped them to shreds in what was a thoroughly one-sided exchange and while the visitors were without a handful of key players, the manner of this defeat will have started alarm bells ringing at Gunners HQ.

Arsenal have never before lost their opening three league games without scoring a single goal but the stark fact is that they head into the international break on the back of a 9-0 aggregate defeat from their opening three league outings. How long the Arsenal hierarchy remain patient remains to be seen but the bookies have slashed the odds on Arteta becoming the next managerial casualty in the top-flight to a general 4/9.

Next in the market is Watford boss Xisco Munoz at odds of 8/1, the Hornets putting in a decent enough display when losing by just a single goal to current Premier League leaders Tottenham Hotspur in their next outing. Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira is a general 9/1 punt to be next for the chop in the top-flight while Southampton’s Ralph Hassenhuttl is priced at 12/1 with most firms alongside Newcastle United gaffer Steve Bruce at the same odds.

 

First Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

4/9  –  Mikel Arteta

8/1  –  Xisco Munoz

9/1  –  Patrick Vieira

12/1 –  Steve Bruce

12/1 –  Ralph Hassenhuttl

14/1 –  Bruno Lage

 


 

Update: 26.08.21

 

Arsenal remain pointless at the bottom end of the Premier League table after two league games and as such, the pressure is mounting on under-fire boss Mikel Arteta.

Mikel Arteta has admitted that it will take some time in order to turn Arsenal’s fortunes around but there is a big possibility that the board may run out of patience well before then. The Gunners are only two games into the new Premier League season but they are still in search of points having lost to newly-promoted Brentford and reigning European champions Chelsea. The Gunners have yet to find the back of the net in league action this season and while the 6-0 demolition of Championship side West Bromwich Albion will have been a hugely welcome win last night, the main aim for Arteta will be to turn around his side’s league fortunes.

Arteta has recently added Martin Odegaard to his squad for a fee of £34 million but the Gunners boss has stressed the need for supporters to show patience with his youthful side. Perhaps he should concentrate on the patience of the club hierarchy above anything else.

As things stand, Arteta is big favourite on the ‘Premier League Sack Race’ betting market with many firms going odds-on that he becomes the nest managerial casualty in the top-flight. Indeed he sits well ahead of perceived closest rival in this market, Watford boss Xisco Munoz who is an 8/1 shot to be next in line for the chop.

New Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira comes in next at best odds of 9/1 while ever-unpopular Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce completes the top-four in the market at a general 10/1 alongside Southampton’s Ralph Hassenhuttl.

 

First Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

8/11 –  Mikel Arteta

8/1  –  Xisco Munoz

9/1  –  Patrick Vieira

10/1 –  Steve Bruce

10/1 –  Ralph Hassenhuttl

14/1 –  Bruno Lage

16/1 –  Sean Dyche

20/1 –  Dean Smith

20/1 –  Daniel Farke

33/1 –  Marcelo Bielsa

 


 

Update: 18.08.21

Following an opening-day 2-0 defeat to newly-promoted Brentford, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is now firm favourite to be the next managerial casualty in the top-flight.

Brentford were generally expected to take a while finding their feet in their first ever Premier League campaign, however Thomas Frank’s men came flying off the starting blocks by beating Arsenal 2-0 in their season opener. This was one of the big shocks of the opening weekend and it piled the pressure on under-fire Gunners boss Mikel Arteta from the outset.

Arsenal failed miserably in their quest to claim a European berth at the end of last season and in the end they finished a lowly eighth in the league table. Failure to achieve a top-six finish in 2021/22 will be seen as disastrous for a side accustomed to playing in European competition each season and the club hierarchy will be taking no chances this time around.

As such, it is no surprise to see the odds on Mikel Arteta becoming the first managerial casualty in the Premier League this season slashed decisively from around 12/1 to as low as Evens.

Elsewhere in the market, Patrick Vieira comes in next at 9/1 despite only recently being appointed as Crystal Palace manager. Newcastle United gaffer Steve Bruce is next in the firing line at general odds of 12/1 alongside Watford’s Xisco Munoz and Southampton’s Ralph Hassenhuttl while Burnley’s Sean Dyche features highly in the market at 16/1.

 

First Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

Evens – Mikel Arteta

9/1  –  Patrick Vieira

12/1 –  Steve Bruce

12/1 –  Xisco Munoz

12/1-  Ralph Hassenhuttl

16/1 –  Sean Dyche

18/1 –  Bruno Lage

20/1 –  Dean Smith

 


 

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

 


 

20.07.21

 

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