Manuel Pellegrini is the big market mover in the Premier League Sack Race market, with the Chilean at a loss to explain why his Manchester City team continue to flop in the Champions League.
Roberto Mancini was dismissed partly due to his inability to make an impact in Europe and Wednesday’s 2-1 reverse at the hands of CSKA Moscow means that City have a tall order when it comes to reaching the knockout stage.
William Hill offer a best price 8/1 about Pellegrini being the next Premier League manager to leave his position, although some bookies are a short as 6/1 about City getting rid of the manager.
Pellegrini said: “Of course we must try to find what happened with this team in Champions League. The mentality of the players, all of them are important players, so I don’t understand why they cannot play in Champions League. But we must review a lot of things to try to understand why we are playing [with] so low a performance.
“We have just played a good game here against Manchester United [in Sunday’s derby victory]. We have all our chances to win here at home and play a normal way but, when you give two easy goals in the first half and you really don’t play with the ball, it is very difficult to win.
“You can’t take anything positive. In Moscow we had a two-goal advantage and drew. Today we didn’t defend, didn’t attack. Now we must focus on the future and try and reach the knockout stages.
“You have the mathematical option to qualify, you must fight for them. We must first try to play against QPR, then we have the international break and then we are going to try to qualify for the next stage. It is more difficult but it is not impossible.”
Surely a sacking is something only likely to happen in the summer, with Harry Redknapp still favourite at 11/4 even though the QPR boss continues to retain the support of Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes.
Recent performances suggest that QPR could escape from the relegation zone this term, although Paul Lambert has shortened to 5/1 after his Aston Villa team have lost their last six matches on the bounce.
Gus Poyet is a 14/1 poke although Sunderland’s win at Crystal Palace suggests that good times could be ahead for the Black Cats, while Sean Dyche is a similar price but surely Burnley won’t act too hastily by sacking someone who performed a minor miracle by getting the Clarets into the top flight.