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

 

Update: 25.01.22

 

It came as no huge surprise when Watford announced the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri earlier this week and the spotlight now falls on under-fire Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe.

Eddie Howe desperately needed a positive result against Leeds United at the weekend and he got it, the Magpies edging past their rivals with an unconvincing 1-0 win at Elland Road. This eased the pressure on the under-fire manager but not by that much and Newcastle remain in a dangerous position in the Premier League table, just three points separating them from bottom side Burnley who have three games-in-hand.

This was Newcastle’s second win of the campaign and having already sacked Steve Bruce, the new club owners will be growing impatient with Howe’s inability to turn things around. There are a great number of points still available between now and the end of the season and things can change extremely quickly, however the prospect of relegation grows larger by the week.

Criticism is naturally being directed at Howe following a string of poor results but the stark fact is that he inherited a poor squad when he took charge. That said, he would have been in no doubt about this when he accepted the post and he will have known the risks involved.

Howe’s arrival at St James’ Park has rid Newcastle of its air of toxicity and brought about a large degree of improvement on the pitch, however there is a big danger that this may not be enough to avoid the drop to the Championship should further investment not be forthcoming.

As things stand, Howe is favourite in the ‘Premier League Sack Race’ betting market with most bookmakers going a general 9/1 that he is the next managerial casualty in the top-flight. Burnley boss Sean Dyche comes in next at 10/1 while Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick is a 16/1 punt.

 


 

Update: 20.01.22

 

Watford are in for a tough test tomorrow night when they lock horns with a Norwich City side which has shown a fair amount of fighting spirit in recent weeks and failure to take anything from this match could spell the end for Claudio Ranieri. 

Watford sit just a single point above the relegation zone as we head deeper into the second half of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign and a real six-pointer comes their way tomorrow night when they entertain a Norwich City side which are battling hard to haul themselves out of the bottom three. This is a massive test for the Hornets and one which Ranieri really cannot afford to lose if he wishes to remain in the hot-seat at Vicarage Road.

Indeed the Italian remains firm favourite in the ‘Premier League Sack Race’ market with some bookies now going as low as 6/4 that he is the next managerial casualty in the top-flight. Watford’s recent performances have left a lot to be desired and their form over the past few weeks doesn’t make for pleasant reading with just a single point collected from their last seven league games, this coming courtesy of a 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Newcastle United at the weekend.

The Watford board aren’t exactly known for their patience and it seems only a matter of time before they decide that enough is enough. The bookies are already pricing up potential candidates to replace Ranieri and as things stand, Frank Lampard looks to be the most likely option for the Hornets according to the bookies.

Elsewhere in the ‘Sack Race’ market, Sean Dyche is a 5/1 for the chop while Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe is 10/1 to be next in the firing line.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

6/4  –  Claudio Ranieri

5/1  –  Sean Dyche

10/1 –  Eddie Howe

12/1 –  Ralf Rangnick

12/1 –  Graham Potter

 


 

Update: 17.01.22

 

Rafael Benitez was clearly out of his depth at Goodison Park and it came as no huge surprise when he was dismissed earlier this week. Indeed many were surprised he lasted so long on Merseyside.

Following his sacking on Sunday, Everton manager Rafael Benitez said that he hadn’t realised the “magnitude of the task” at Goodison Park and to be fair, this was clear for all to see. The Toffees appointed Benitez as replacement for Carlo Ancelotti in June 2021 and the Spaniard never really got going, his side’s last thirteen Premier League matches returning just a single win. As things stand, the Toffees sit in 16th position in the Premier League table with a mere six points separating them from the relegation zone.

Nevertheless with Benitez gone, the question now is, who will be next to be sacked in the top-flight. As things stand, Watford’s Claudio Ranieri seems to be on thin ice with most bookies going 6/4 that he is the next managerial casualty in the Premier League. The Hornets board don’t have a reputation for patience and with the side sitting just a single point above the relegation zone, it would seem that Ranieri is living on borrowed time.

Burnley are currently sitting at the foot of the Premier League table and while boss Sean Dyche has thus far managed to remain at Turf Moor, his position is starting to look a little precarious. The Clarets do have a handful of games-in-hand over the sides above them in the league table but Dyche is just 5/1 with most bookies to be given the sack in the coming days or weeks.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

2/1  –  Claudio Ranieri

5/1  –  Sean Dyche

6/1  –  Graham Potter

10/1 –  Eddie Howe

 


 

Update: 04.01.22

Everton came off second best in their weekend meeting with Brighton & Hove Albion at Goodison Park and the leading bookmakers have once again shortened the odds on under-fire manager Rafael Benitez becoming the next managerial casualty in the Premier League.

Everton continue to slip down the Premier League table on the back of some hugely disappointing results, a 3-2 defeat at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on 2nd January extending their winless run to four matches. On the back of this poor run, the bookies have shortened the odds on under-fire boss Rafael Benitez being the next manager to be sacked in the Premier League to as short as 5/4.

Benitez has been universally loathed at Goodison Park since his appointment last summer, hardly a surprise given his less-than-flattering comments about the Toffees during this time at Anfield. A string of poor results have hardly helped his cause and the board will doubtless be looking at their options as we move into the second half of the campaign.

Everton’s league position is a big cause for concern, the Merseysiders currently sitting in 15th position in the Premier League table. Just eight points separate Everton from the bottom three as things stand and failure to arrest this current run of poor form could send them spiralling further down the table.

Elsewhere in the ‘Sack Race’ market, Claudio Ranieri is a 6/4 punt for the chop. The Watford manager has failed to turn things around at Vicarage Road since his appointment a few months ago and given that the Hornets board aren’t exactly renowned for their patience, the likelihood is that he will soon be seeking pastures new.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

5/4  –  Rafael Benitez

6/4  –  Claudio Ranieri

10/1 –  Marcelo Bielsa

14/1 –  Thomas Tuchel

16/1 –  Eddie Howe

16/1 –  Ralph Hassenhuttl

 


 

Update: 31.12.21

 

Everton have continued to be a mixed bag throughout December with their four outings returning one win, two defeats and a draw, and manager Rafael Benitez continues to feel the pressure at Goodison Park with large sections of fans demanding his immediate removal. 

With just five wins from their seventeen Premier League games, Everton sit in 15th position in the Premier League table as we fast approach the mid-way stage of the 2021/22 campaign. The Toffees have generally been hugely unimpressive under Rafael Benitez and while the Spaniard was hardly popular upon his arrival during the summer, it’s fair to say that he is almost universally loathed at Goodison Park right now.

Everton have been out of action since 16th December when they managed to share the spoils with Chelsea in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge and they will lock horns with Brighton & Hove Albion in their next league outing on January 2nd, a match in which defeat could spell the end for Benitez. Indeed the bookmakers remain of the opinion that the Spaniard is living on borrowed time with most firms going 13/8 that he will be the next managerial casualty in the top-flight.

Next in the market is Watford boss Claudio Ranieri despite the fact that he has only been in charge at Vicarage Road for a few months. The Hornets are struggling at the bottom end of the Premier League table with just two points separating them from the bottom three and Ranieri is a general 5/2 shot to become the next Premier League manager to be sacked.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

13/8 –  Rafael Benitez

5/2  –  Claudio Ranieri

7/2  –  Marcelo Bielsa

14/1 –  Ralph Hassenhuttl

16/1 –  Eddie Howe

 


 

Update: 17.12.21

Everton have been very much a mixed bag in recent weeks but while the pressure has been lifted from his shoulders slightly, boss Rafael Benitez remains almost universally loathed at Goodison Park and he is still firm favourite to be the next managerial casualty in the Premier League.

Everton managed to bounce back from their thoroughly demoralising 4-1 defeat at home to local rivals Liverpool at the start of December when they edged past Arsenal to the tune of 2-1 just a few days later, however since then they have collected just a single point from their subsequent two league games, a 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace being followed by a decent 1-1 draw with high-flying Chelsea.

These results have done little to improve the standing of hugely unpopular boss Rafael Benitez at Goodison Park and the Spaniard remains almost universally loathed by the blue half of Merseyside. Indeed it’s hard to imagine Benitez winning over many of his own fans even if he took the Toffees into the Champions League, although this is unlikely to happen any time soon. The likelihood is that he won’t be given many more chances to turn things around and the bookies remain very much of the opinion that he is living on borrowed time.

Indeed while a couple of betting firms have made Benitez odds-against for the drop, many more go just 1/4 that he proves to be the next managerial casualty in the top flight and it’s not easy to argue a strong case for the Spaniard.

Elsewhere in the betting, Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa comes in next at odds of 4/1 while Watford manager Claudio Ranieri is a 5/1 shot to be the next manager to be shown the door in the Premier League.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

5/4  –  Rafael Benitez

4/1  –  Marcelo Bielsa

5/1  –  Claudio Ranieri

6/1  –  Ralph Hassenhuttl

 


 

Update: 08.12.21

 

Everton’s 2-1 win over Arsenal on Monday evening was a god-send for under-fire manager Rafael Benitez but the Spaniard remains the bookies’ favourite on the ‘Premier League Sack Race’ market.

Everton fought their way back from a goal behind to win 2-1 against Arsenal earlier this week and as a result the pressure lifted slightly on Rafael Benitez. The Toffees have hauled themselves to within a single point of the top-half of the Premier League table on the back of this much-needed win although their Spanish boss is still very much fighting for his life at Goodison Park.

The board have made it clear that they are standing firmly behind their manager as we fast approach the end of 2021 but failure to build on Monday evening’s result may well force their hand. Either way, the fans have never warmed to Benitez and who can really blame them given that he referred to Everton as a “small club” whilst in charge of neighbours Liverpool.

The Spaniard has been favourite in the Sack Race market since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fired at Old Trafford last month although his odds have lengthened from a general 1/7 to as high as Evens on account of the win over the Gunners earlier this week.

Elsewhere in the market, Watford manager Claudio Ranieri is next at 6/1 while Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuttl is a general 8/1 to be shown the door, the same price as Leeds United gaffer Marcelo Bielsa.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

Evns – Rafael Benitez

6/1  –  Claudio Ranieri

8/1  –  Ralph Hassenhuttl

8/1  –  Marcelo Bielsa

 


 

Update: 06.12.21

Everton are in Premier League action tonight when they entertain Arsenal at Goodison Park and failure to take anything from this match may well spell the end for manager Rafael Benitez.

Having lost 4-1 to local rivals Liverpool last week, Rafael Benitez will be desperate for a better result when the Gunners come to town tonight although going on recent form it’s unlikely that the home side will be running in with all three points in the bag. The Toffees have been pretty abysmal in recent weeks and currently sit at the bottom end of the Premier League table with just five points separating them from bottom side Norwich City. Benitez’ men have taken just two points from their last eight Premier League outings and they have found the back of the net just once in their last four matches, therefore it’s hard to have much faith in them tonight.

Arsenal will be eager to bounce back from their 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford last week and they will almost certainly prove too strong for the Toffees this evening. Indeed should Everton fail to take even a single point from this match, then it may well be game over for Benitez as far as his position at Goodison Park is concerned. The Spaniard has never been a popular figure at Everton and the fans have been pretty vocal with regard to their feelings towards him. The bookies continue to shorten the odds on him being the next managerial casualty in the Premier League, some firms going as low as 1/7 that he is next in line for the chop.

Indeed Benitez is way ahead of perceived closest rival Ralph Hassenhuttl who is out at 9/1 to be the next managerial casualty in the top-flight. Claudio Ranieri comes in next at 10/1 while Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers completes the top four in the market at a general 11/1.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

1/7  –  Rafael Benitez

11/2 –  Ralph Hassenhuttl

10/1 –  Claudio Ranieri

11/1 –  Brendan Rodgers

 


 

Update: 02.12.21

Following his side’s defeat in the Merseyside derby last night, Everton boss Rafael Benitez is odds-on favourite to be the next managerial casualty in the Premier League with most bookmakers continuing to shorten the odds on him being given the push.

It was never an impossible task but it was always going to be difficult getting one over on red-hot Liverpool at Goodison Park last night. The Toffees found themselves two goals behind within twenty minutes of kick-off and while they managed to pull one back before the break, the visitors found the net twice more in the second half to run in as convincing winners.

Immediately following the final whistle the fans turned to the board with some sections demanding that they leave en-masse. More bile was directed at Rafael Benitez, a manager who has never been popular with the Toffees supporters since his arrival during the summer.

Indeed when Benitez was appointed as Everton boss, he will have looked at this fixture and dreamed of winning it. Then he would have his name chanted around Goodison Park. He certainly got his last wish although unfortunately these chants came from the Liverpool fans who were gleefully goading the home supporters.

The Toffees have now gone eight matches without a single win, six defeats coming their way during this time. As far as Benitez is concerned, this is real pressure and it’s hard to see how he can survive for much longer. Given that the Spaniard has never been popular at Goodison Park, the controversy surrounding his appointment means that he will be under even more scrutiny.

Can he survive for much longer? This certainly has to be in doubt and the bookmakers have slashed the odds on him being the next managerial casualty in the Premier League, most firms now going around 1/2 that he is given the heave-ho.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

1/2  –  Rafael Benitez

8/1  –  Ralph Hassenhuttl

12/1 –  Claudio Ranieri

16/1 –  Brendan Rodgers

20/1 –  Marcelo Bielsa

25/1 –  Eddie Howe

 


 

Update: 30.11.21

As we rapidly head towards the mid-way point of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign, no less than six top-flight managers have already been dismissed by their clubs. Nowadays this is a common enough occurrence as boards increasingly look at the shorter-term results rather than long-term success, therefore it should come as no huge surprise to anyone that Everton boss Rafael Benitez is being touted as the manager most likely to be net in the firing line.

As things stand the odds on Benitez being the net Premier League manager to leave his post have shortened considerably and he is now as short as 4/6 with some firms. He faces a tough battle to keep his position with a Merseyside derby against rampant Liverpool just around thew corner, the Reds set to visit Goodison Park tomorrow night in what should – on paper at least – be a win for the visitors.

If the Toffees fail to get something from this derby match, then it will be hard to argue a strong case for Benitez. The stark fact that is that for a club the size of Everton and a squad with undoubted talent in the ranks, they should be higher than 14th in the Premier League table.

Many managers will be looking nervously over their shoulders at the moment but there are only four available at single-figure odds. Southampton’s Ralph Hassenhuttl comes in next at odds of 5/1 while Watford boss Claudio Ranieri is a general 15/2 shot for the chop. Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is as high as 16/1 and as low as 13/2 in the market, mainly on account of the fact that he continues to be linked with a move elsewhere.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

4/6  –  Rafael Benitez

5/1  –  Ralph Hassenhuttl

15/2 –  Claudio Ranieri

16/1 –  Brendan Rodgers

16/1 –  Marcelo Bielsa

20/1 –  Eddie Howe

 


 

Update: 25.11.21

 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was unsurprisingly sacked by Manchester United last weekend and the main focus is now on Everton manager Rafael Benitez as he moves to the top of the ‘Sack Race’ market.

It came as little surprise when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was dismissed by Manchester United at the weekend, the 4-1 defeat at Watford proving to be the final straw for a board which until then had shown admirable restraint and patience. With the Norwegian gone, we now have a new name at the top of the ‘Sack Race’ betting market and this comes in the form of Everton boss Rafael Benitez.

Everton’s start to the season under Benitez was pretty impressive, the Toffees winning four and drawing one of their opening five games across competitions, however in their subsequent seven Premier League outings they have managed just a single win and find themselves in the bottom half of the league table. They were thumped 3-0 at Manchester City on Sunday and having collected just two points from their last six games, it is hardly a surprise to see Benitez move to the summit of the Sack Race betting market.

As things stand, the Spaniard is a general 3/1 to be next top-flight manager to leave his post although he is as low as 3/1 in some quarters. Also at 3/1 is Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers who has been linked with a handful of other top-flight sides including Manchester United and Arsenal.

Elsewhere, Southampton’s Ralph Hassenhuttl is a general 6/1 for the chop while Leeds United gaffer Marcelo Bielsa is around 8/1. The top five in the betting is completed by Watford gaffer Claudio Ranieri although his odds have drifted substantially to 10/1 on account of his side’s demolition of Manchester United last weekend, a result which prompted the Red Devils board into taking action.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

3/1  –  Rafael Benitez

3/1  –  Brendan Rodgers

6/1  –  Ralph Hassenhuttl

8/1  –  Marcelo Bielsa

 


 

Update: 17.11.21

 

As we return from then final international break of 2021, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains odds-on favourite to be the next managerial casualty in the Premier League.

Many have argued that England had a fairly easy path to both the European Championship final and qualification for next year’s World Cup, however in truth you can only play the sides in front of you and as such, it always involves a degree of fortune.

The very same applies to domestic competition and the argument goes that Manchester United are now to embark upon an easy run of games. The Red Devils only need to beat Watford in their first outing following the international break and this would ease the pressure on under-fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of tougher fixtures against Chelsea and Arsenal.

Indeed the ideal time to have got rid of the Norwegian boss would have been during the international break, this being the final one before the January transfer window. Instead, United chose to keep Ole on the books and while the pressure on him remains high, he will almost certainly be in the dugout for the weekend meeting with the Hornets. If he can survive the games against Chelsea and Arsenal, then he can further ease the pressure on himself with subsequent winnable matches against Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Newcastle United and Burnley, sides who are all – with the exception of Brighton – in the bottom half of the Premier League table.

United will be looking for nothing less than maximum points in each of these games and such an achievement would certainly help Solskjaer’s cause, assuming that he lasts that long. This relatively straightforward Christmas schedule is undoubtedly fortuitous but here is an opportunity which Solskjaer needs to grab with both hands.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

1/2  –  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

7/1  –  Claudio Ranieri

8/1  –  Rafael Benitez

12/1 –  Brendan Rodgers

14/1 –  Marcelo Bielsa

14/1 –  Ralph Hassenhuttl

 


 

Update: 09.11.21

 

The list of 2021/22 Premier League managerial casualties has grown longer this week with the departures of Norwich City’s Daniel Farke and Aston Villa’s Dean Smith in recent days. The big question is, who will be next?

It came as no huge surprise when Daniel Farke and Dean Smith vacated the hot-seat at Carrow Road and Villa Park earlier this week, the former ironically being sacked on the back of his side’s first win of the season. Both had endured dreadful starts to the season with Aston villa losing seven of their eleven league matches this term and Norwich collecting as measly five points during this time.

The focus is now back on Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and following a hugely disappointing 2-0 defeat to Manchester City in their weekend derby match, the bookies have slashed the odds on the Norwegian becoming the next managerial casualty in the top-flight.

At the time of writing, Solskjaer is odds-on at just 8/13 on the ‘Premier League Sack Race’ and to be fair, it’s hard to envisage him being in the Old Trafford dugout for much longer. The United hierarchy have stated that they have no plans to change their manager and the likelihood is that he will still be in place for the game against Watford, however many have huge reservations about whether the Norwegian is the right man to turn things around.

Next in the Sack Race market are Watford manager Claudio Ranieri and Everton boss Rafael Benitez at 10/1 apiece while Marcelo Bielsa and Ralph Hassenhuttl are each 16/1 for the chop.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

8/13 –  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

10/1 –  Claudio Ranieri

10/1 –  Rafael Benitez

16/1 –  Marcelo Bielsa

16/1 –  Ralph Hassenhuttl

20/1 –  Brendan Rodgers

20/1 –  Graham Potter

20/1 –  Thomas Frank

 


 

Update: 04.11.21

The odds are easing on Dean Smith being the next managerial casualty in the top-flight but the Aston Villa boss remains favourite in the ‘Sack Race’ market.

Aston Villa have now lost four on the bounce, the 4-1 thrashing at the hands of West Ham United piling even more pressure on under-fire boss Dean Smith. The West Midlands outfit now sit just three points above the relegation zone and a turnaround in fortunes is desperately needed. On the back of this dreadful recent form, the leading bookmakers have installed Dean Smith as the manager most likely to be sacked next in the Premier League at general odds of 6/4. Indeed Smith has been one of the most heavily backed managers in the Sack Race market over the past couple of days and he now sits ahead of Norwich City boss Daniel Farke who is a 3/1 shot for the chop.

If reports are to be believed, the match against Southampton at the weekend could be pivotal in determining where Dean Smith’s future lies and failure to win here could result in him being dismissed almost immediately.

Over at Norwich City, the club hierarchy are said to be considering bringing in a new manager to replace Daniel Farke. The Canaries sit firmly at the foot of the Premier League table as things stand with no wins coming their way as yet. Farke is 3/1 in the Premier League Sack Race market and in fairness it’s hard to see him keeping hold of his job for much longer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemingly bought himself more time thanks to a 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur and a draw in Bergamo last night, however the United boss is next in the Sack Race market at general odds of 5/1, just ahead of 8/1 shot Rafael Benitez.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

6/4  –  Dean Smith

3/1  –  Daniel Farke

5/1  –  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

8/1  –  Rafael Benitez

14/1 –  Claudio Ranieri

 


 

Update: 02.11.21

 

Following the 5-0 thrashing to Liverpool, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately needed a positive result at White Hart Lane and he got this by the bucketful.

Only three days ago, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was 2/5 odds-on favourite to be the next managerial casualty in the top-flight and in fairness it wasn’t expected that these odds would drift following the final whistle at White Hart Lane. The Red Devils were very much the outsiders in that match and many pundits anticipated another thumping for the visitors. Instead, United were the dominant force here and with Solskjaer’s men putting three past their hosts without reply, the pressure eased substantially on the Norwegian and transferred instead to his opposite number in the dugout.

Indeed, less 48 hours after the home defeat, Tottenham Hotspur decided to dispense with the services of manager Nuno Espirito Santo, while the odds on Solskjaer becoming the next Premier League manager to be sacked drifted from 2/5 to as high as 7/1.

The focus is now very much on Dean Smith, the Aston Villa boss now feeling the heat with his side having lost four on the bounce, culminating in a 4-1 thrashing at home to an in-form West Ham United at the weekend. Smith is now firm favourite on the ‘Premier League Sack Race’ betting market at odds of Evens, leaving him well ahead of perceived closest rival Daniel Farke at 11/4. Solskjaer comes in next at 7/1, while Claudio Ranieri and Marcelo Bielsa are 12/1 apiece.

One of the big movers in the Premier League Sack Race market is Rafael Benitez. Everton’s dismal run continued last night when they lost 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, this coming hot on the heels of a 5-2 demolition by Watford at Goodison Park. The Toffees have now collected just one point from their last four Premier League games and the odds on Benitez being next for the chop in the top-flight have shortened to as low as 8/1 with some bookmakers.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

Evns – Dean Smith

11/4 –  Daniel Farke

7/1  –  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

8/1  –  Rafael Benitez

12/1 –  Claudio Ranieri

12/1 –  Marcelo Bielsa

14/1 –  Brendan Rodgers

 


 

Update: 28.10.21

 

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains in charge at Old Trafford, however the bookies still go odds-on that he will be the next managerial casualty in the Premier League.

It is said that ‘no news is good news’ and this is probably the case for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the under-fire Manchester United boss still in the hot-seat and likely to be there for the weekend trip to Tottenham Hotspur. Nevertheless this is a man under real pressure right now and having seen his team demolished by Liverpool last weekend, he certainly won’t be wanting a repeat performance in North London.

Indeed following the weekend visit to White Hart Lane, United’s next Premier League outing will be the Manchester derby and it’s hard to envisage the Red Devils getting the better of their city rivals here. Defeat to Spurs at the weekend may spell the end for the Norwegian as far as his current position is concerned, however the club hierarchy could decide to wait until the important Manchester derby match before making any moves. The fears are that the visit of Man City could end in yet another Old Trafford embarrassment.

Either way, United will be forced to pay Solskjaer a severance package of £7.5 million in order to remove him from the dugout, however there are now widespread calls for him to be removed now, both from inside and outside the club.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

2/5  –  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

3/1  –  Daniel Farke

14/1 –  Dean Smith

16/1 –  Nuno Espirito Santo

20/1 –  Claudio Ranieri

25/1 –  Marcelo Bielsa

25/1 –  Rafael Benitez

33/1 –  Ralph Hassenhuttl

 


 

Update: 26.10.21

 

Manchester United’s embarrassing 5-0 demolition by arch-rivals Liverpool on Sunday has been followed by a huge amount of criticism directed towards under-fire manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

Many supporters believe that Solskjaer’s time at the club will come to an end very soon and the consensus is that he should indeed be sacked following what was the club’s biggest ever home defeat against Liverpool, a thrashing only eclipsed by the 7-1 defeat away to Liverpool 1895 at a time when United were still known as Newton Heath.

Even former players have been having their say and they too agree that the time has come for the Norwegian to go, however this decision is clearly up to the board. Could Solskjaer be sacked in the next few days or weeks? Yes, until a board member says otherwise. David Moyes was sacked following a 2-0 defeat at Everton while Jose Mourinho was sent packing after a 3-1 reverse at Anfield. Both of these defeats occurred on a Sunday and both managers were sacked on the following Tuesday.

United officials have long stated that Solskjaer has been taking Manchester United in the right direction and on the back of this they awarded him a three-year extension to his contract during the summer, however are they now regretting this decision? The thrashing on Sunday gave little evidence of a move in the right direction and other recent performances do little to install confidence in the Norwegian’s abilities to take the club forward.

The bookmakers continue to shorten the odds on Solskjaer becoming the next managerial casualty in the Premier League with some firms going as low as 1/5. To be fair, it is now very hard to argue a case for Solskjaer and the sheer magnitude of Sunday’s defeat does demand serious questions.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

1/5  –  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

9/2  –  Daniel Farke

12/1 –  Dean Smith

16/1 –  Nuno Espirito Santo

20/1 –  Claudio Ranieri

 


 

Update: 25.10.21

 

The chants from some sections of the Old Trafford stands was pretty clear yesterday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was not a popular figure amongst the home fans at the final whistle and while not all of the blame can be laid at the Norwegian’s feet, the fact is that the buck stops at him.

The mood of the day was perfectly illustrated by Sir Alex Ferguson puffing his cheeks out as he left for the exit after the end of what was an embarrassing afternoon for all those associated with the Red Devils. The former manager was clearly fuming at a defeat which will surely have big consequences.

This result had a sense of reckoning about it. It was a defeat of such a scale that even the most emphatic Solskjaer admirers will have a tough job arguing that the Norwegian is still up to the task of making the side a serious force in the domestic game in the near future.

He was certainly very much out of his depth and more to the point, he looked it. Liverpool boss Klopp stalked the touchline and never looked completely satisfied despite his men running rings around their hosts, while Solskjaer sat in his seat looking shell-shocked and completely despondent.

The vast gap between these two sides was all too clear to see. Liverpool can now be truly considered as genuine title challengers while United will be lucky to make the top four on this performance.

The Red Devils certainly contain some extremely talented players, indeed it should given that Solskjaer has spent upwards of £400 million, however they seemed a million miles away from Liverpool at Old Trafford yesterday. The Norwegian’s approach seemed to be ‘hope and pray’ with no clear shape or structure, his undoubtedly talented players just a collection of parts with no signs of being bolted together as a coherent unit.

The blame clearly belongs to Solskjaer and he will surely be not long for this world, at least the Old Trafford world. Odds of 1/3 are available for him being the next managerial casualty in the Premier League and on the back of yesterday’s performance, it’s hard to see how he can have any future with the club.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

1/3  –  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

5/1  –  Daniel Farke

14/1 –  Dean Smith

16/1 –  Claudio Ranieri

 


 

Update: 21.10.21

 

Despite beating Atalanta in the Champions League last night, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains favourite to be the next managerial casualty in the top-flight.

The dismissal of Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce earlier this week resulted in the bookies paying out on this market for the second time since the start of the season and it has also prompted them to completely reset the market. The big question is, who will be next to go? Man United gaffer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will certainly be feeling the heat right now although the Champions League win at Old Trafford last night may well have cooled things off slightly.

Nevertheless the Norwegian is deemed most likely to be relieved of his duties before any other Premier League manager, most firms now going 2/1 that he is dismissed despite pulling out a late 3-2 victory last night after going two goals down within 29 minutes. Solskjaer was as high as 18/1 in the betting only a few days ago but following Steve Bruce’s departure, he has moved into the spotlight.

Indeed as things stand, there are three contenders in the market priced in single figures.

Watford manager Claudio Ranieri comes in next in the betting at just 4/1 despite having been in the job for just over two weeks. Rounding off the top three in this market is Daniel Farke at general odds of 13/2, the Norwich City boss presiding over a side which have collected just two points from their opening eight Premier League games.

At the opposite end of the market, the Premier League managers deemed to be safest are Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel at 66/1 apiece. Odds of 50/1 are available for ‘No Manager to Leave’ between now and the end of the season, an unlikely scenario in our opinion.

 

Next Premier League Managerial Casualty of 2021/22 Best Odds

 

2/1  –  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

4/1  –  Claudio Ranieri

13/2 –  Daniel Farke

11/1 –  Nuno Espirito Santo

12/1 –  Ralph Hassenhuttl

14/1 –  Mikel Arteta

16/1 –  Brendan Rodgers

16/1 –  Bruno Lage

20/1 –  Patrick Vieira

20/1 –  Marcelo Bielsa

 


 

Update: 20.10.21

 

**Update: Steve Bruce sacked by Newcastle United**

 

Newcastle United are still in search of their first Premier League win of the 2021/22 campaign and with the new Saudi owners now in place, the likelihood of manager Steve Bruce lasting much longer in his current position always seemed thin.

Steve Bruce was always living on borrowed time. With the new club owners spending a massive amount on taking over the Magpies, it was inconceivable that they would continue to employ a boss who had overseen such a dismal set of results since the start of the season. Thus far, Newcastle have collected just three points from their eight league outings and this leaves them just a single point above rock-bottom side Norwich City. The Magpies will be looking for some new signings in the January sales but until then they will need a manager who can get the best out of the current crop of players. Clearly Bruce wasn’t doing that.

On the back of the weekend defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, the bookies continued to shorten the odds on Steve Bruce being the next managerial casualty in the top-flight and it came as no huge surprise when the inevitable happened earlier this morning. With Bruce gone, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – whose Manchester United side lost 2-4 at home to Leicester City last time out despite taking the lead in the 19th minute –  is now favourite in the ‘Sack Race’ market with some firms going as short as 6/4 on him becoming the next managerial casualty in the top-flight,

Elsewhere, Claudio Ranieri is 5/1 in this market, despite having taken the reins at Watford only a few weeks ago. Daniel Farke comes in next at 6/1 on account of his Norwich City side sitting firmly at the foot of the Premier League table and still in search of their first league win of the campaign.

 


 

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