EPL - Next Manager To Leave Their Post Betting Odds*
|Manager||Current Team||Odds (Click to bet)||Bet with|
|Erik Ten Hag||Manchester United||5/1||William Hill|
|Brendan Rodgers||Leicester City||15/2||Paddy Power|
|Steven Gerrard||Aston Villa||10/1||William Hill|
|Bruno Lage||Wolves||14/1||Paddy Power|
|Jesse Marsch||Leeds||20/1||Paddy Power|
|Scott Parker||Bournemouth||20/1||Paddy Power|
|Thomas Tuchel||Chelsea||20/1||888 Sport|
|Marco Silva||Fulham||25/1||Paddy Power|
|Steve Cooper||Nottingham Forest||25/1||BetVictor|
|Patrick Vieira||Crystal Palace||25/1||William Hill|
|David Moyes||West Ham||33/1||Coral|
*Odds correct as of August 15, 2022
Nobody could have predicted that Manchester United would be thrashed 4-0 by the Bees and Erik ten Hag's price has tumbled from 20/1 to 4/1 in the space of 48 hours, with the Dutchman having called his squad in the following day for extra training. It's clear that the former Ajax man would need time to make his mark although the early signs are worrying.
Ralph Hasenhuttl is the Sack Race favourite and the Southampton manager saw his team come from 2-0 down against Leeds to claim a point, although a season of struggle could be on the cards. Frank Lampard has seen his Everton team lose their opening two matches and he's also trading at a short price.
Does Erik ten Hag Have an Impossible Job at United?
Since Sir Alex Ferguson, every man who has taken charge of the Manchester United first team has found life tough going and the latest of these is Erik ten Hag. After a successful spell at Ajax, it appeared that the club would give their new coach plenty of financial backing in the transfer market although there haven't been many notable signings at Old Trafford.
A 2-1 home defeat against Brighton could be explained by the fact it was the first game of the campaign, although the poor defending during the first half of the weekend clash at Brentford saw the Red Devils trailing 4-0 at the break. Ten Hag also has the problem of trying to accomodate a wantaway Cristiano Ronaldo and the situation seems to have barely improved on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer twelve months ago.
Ten Hag is likely to be given several more games to make an impact although an upcoming clash against Liverpool might not be pretty as far as the home fans are concerned. United got caught out trying to play out from the back against Brentford and Jurgen Klopp's side will want to take full advantage when they make the short journey to Manchester.
Erik ten Hag has a three-year-contract as he aims to restore Manchester United to their previous stature. However, the former Ajax boss will be under pressure to deliver results from an early stage and a 2-1 home reverse against Brighton highlighted the size of the task that faces the Dutchman.
Despite being odds-on for a victory against the Seagulls, United were second best and Ten Hag's second-half approach seemed to be flooding the team with as many attacking players as possible. He must privately wish that Cristiano Ronaldo had been able to find another club.
It's unlikely that Ten Hag will be in immediate danger considering the laughable stay of execution granted to the hapless Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, although a defeat at Brentford has seen his odds only go one way on the Sack Race market.
Ralph Hasenhuttl Among Sack Race Favourites
Southampton struck gold when hiring Ralph Hasenhuttl in 2018, with the Austrian having successfully kept the Saints in the Premier League over the past few seasons. The former RB Leipzig manager has seen many star players leave St Mary's, but he has still been able to build a competitive team that have regularly bloodied the noses of the leading teams in the top flight.
Hasenhuttl continued to remain loyal to Southampton going into the 2022-23 season, although a 4-1 defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium set a few alarm bells ringing. Southampton then trailed Leeds United 2-0 at St Mary's before a Joe Aribo-inspired comeback saw the south coast team claim a precious point although the bookies still think that their manager could be set to leave soon.
Hasenhuttl has been building a squad, with Romeo Lavia, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Gavin Bazunu, Mateusz Lis and Aribo among the new arrivals, with the new players needing a few weeks to bed in. At this point, we would say there are better options than the Southampton manager for this market although BetVictor have kept him onside.
Lampard Sees Everton Lose Opening Two Matches
Frank Lampard has recently been able to add new faces to the Everton squad, with Conor Coady having made the switch from Wolves. Meanwhile, Amadou Onana looks to be a class act and enjoyed a bright cameo appearance at Villa Park, although the Toffees fell to a 2-1 defeat and that means there are no points on the board in their first two matches.
Everton only just avoided relegation last term and the Merseyside team could be set for another campaign of struggle. Lampard will be given more time to turn things around although it's worrying that Anthony Gordon has been linked with a move away considering that Richarlison has already left and this is a team who are clearly short of goals.
Lampard will keep plugging away to build a team who can compete in the Premier League although they already look virtually certain to finish in the bottom half of the Premier League table. It's just a question of whether that's in the lower part of mid-table or further down, with owner Farhad Moshiri unafraid to make a change as he did when firing Rafael Benitez last term.
Brendan Rodgers Could Be Ready to Leave Leicester
Leicester City finished eighth in the Premier League table after a fairly testing season last year, with injuries to key players making life difficult for Brendan Rodgers, although the Foxes were still able to reach the semi-final stage of the Europa Conference League.
This was achieved partly thanks to the incredible form of James Maddison, who was being hotly pursued by Newcastle United until recently. While Rodgers has stated that his star player won't be leaving the King Power, much depends on whether the England hopeful hands in a transfer request.
There's also the prospect that Wesley Fofana could follow Kasper Schmeichel out of the exit door and leave the Midlands club. Rodgers might feel as though his position eventually becomes untenable, and the fact that he is now trading at single figure odds on the Sack Race market suggests there's a possibility of him leaving.
Rodgers saw his Foxes team race into a 2-0 lead against Brentford last Sunday only for the Bees to claim a point by the final whistle. However, Financial Fair Play is a telling factor for a club who appear to be on something of a downturn. A 4-2 defeat at Arsenal suggests that their defence won't be keeping many clean sheets this season.
Marsch Finding Bielsa Easier Act to Follow at Leeds
Jesse Marsch was certainly a left-field selection to replace Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road, although the American has won over the majority of Leeds United supporters after keeping the Yorkshire club in the top flight. He has started the 2022-23 campaign in a promising fashion after a 2-1 win over Wolves was followed by a 2-2 draw at Southampton where the visitors led by two goals.
Marsch has bedded in the many new signings and the team are coping with the departures of Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips, with Leeds reinvesting the money on players and it also appears that Rodrygo is on the goal trail after finding the net three times in the first two matches.
Despite Jesse Marsch being many people's Sack Race betting tip before the season began, it appears as though he's unlikely to be the first managerial casualty of the season.
Steven Gerrard a Market Mover on Sack Race Market
Steven Gerrard arrived at Villa Park and immediately brought about an improvement in results during the 2021-22 season. However, while the former Rangers manager was able to steer the Midlands club away from the drop zone, the Villans continued to be hit and miss for the remainder of the campaign.
Gerrard will now hope for his first full season at the club, although a 2-0 defeat at Bournemouth saw the team outbattled by the team who are favourites for relegation. Things will have to change quickly and a home clash against Everton at least brought three points and an improved performance.
Despite his successes north of the border, Gerrard knows that managers don't get a lot of time when results go awry, and there hasn't been any notable recruitment at Aston Villa outside of Diego Carlos and Boubacar Kamara. Much will hinge on whether the likes of Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins can deliver enough goals for the team.
Parker Could Be Set for Long Bournemouth Stay
Out of the three promoted teams to reach the Premier League, it is Bournemouth who are still trading at the shortest betting odds to return to the Championship despite a 2-0 win over Aston Villa. The Cherries finished runners-up behind Fulham, and it will now be interesting to see if Scott Parker can keep the team above at least three others.
At the time of writing, Parker has struggled to make new signings and has admitted that he doesn't feel as though his squad are going to be competitive back in the top flight. It might be a touch of reverse psychology, although the owners might be reluctant to spend big bucks given there's a distinct chance of going straight back down.
The English Premier League is a tougher marketplace than when the Dorset team were last in this division, with clubs such as Newcastle and West Ham a good deal stronger, and Parker might not have a particularly big budget compared to his counterparts. However, his achievement of securing promotion means he might not be in peril straight away.
The manner of that win over the Villans suggests Bournemouth are lucky to have a manager who has previously fought well with Fulham in the top flight and there appear to be coaches who are in far greater danger of the axe right now. A 4-0 defeat at Manchester City had largely no bearing on the manager's survival prospects.
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Bruno Lage Could Have Difficult Second Season
Bruno Lage was a relative unknown when replacing Nuno Espirito Santo at Molineux last summer. After a tricky start to the campaign, Wolverhampton Wanderers enjoyed a successful season. They were never in danger of going down and finished in the top half of the Premier League table after amassing 51 points from 38 games played.
The Portuguese will now try to emulate that first season at the Midlands club, although his task could be made more difficult by a modest budget compared to several of the other top-flight clubs. Hwang Hee-Chan has been signed permanently for £15 million from RB Leipzig, although Conor Coady is rumoured to be leaving.
It was noticeable that Wolves' form started to dip in the final few months of the season, and a 2-1 opening-weekend defeat at Leeds was far from ideal. They could then only muster a point against Fulham and a trip to Tottenham means that Lage could be feeling the pinch after three games played.
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Could Thomas Tuchel Depart Chelsea FC This Season?
It's clear Chelsea are in a state of flux and a new owner can often lead to a fresh face in the dugout. However, Thomas Tuchel has been part of the storm-weathering exercise at Stamford Bridge and the German appears focused on challenging at the top end of the Premier League table. His team outplayed Tottenham for large parts of their recent clash before drawing 2-2.
The fact that Tuchel has won the Champions League with the London club stands him in good stead along with regularly posting a top-four finish. Right now, the waters are relatively calm, and the arrivals of Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella don't hint at a manager leaving. Tuchel's passion came to the fore when clashing with Antonio Conte when clashing on the touchline although he's not one of the Sack Race favourites.
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Conte a Previous Favourite for Premier League Sack
Antonio Conte signed an 18-month deal to become the next manager of Tottenham Hotspur in November, and it was a relatively bumpy start for the Italian. However, Spurs managed to improve to the extent that they could overhaul Arsenal and claim a spot in this season's Champions League. It was a fine achievement and completely unthinkable after the mess that was inherited in the wake of Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo.
We know that Conte is something of a volatile football manager who will quickly walk away from a project if he doesn't feel the conditions are right. However, the former Chelsea and Inter boss will surely remain at the club for the time being, and his Sack Race odds suggest he's not in clear and present danger.
Conte has been given funds to strengthen a squad who are competing in next season's Champions League, and the fact that Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son are settled in the squad means it would be a big surprise if we saw Conte anywhere near the exit door during the early stage of proceedings.
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Marco Silva Aiming to Keep Fulham Out of Trouble
Fulham have become renowned for being something of a yo-yo club between the Premier League and Championship. The Cottagers were outstanding for much of the 2021-22 season, and their promotion rarely looked in doubt, although the big question is whether Marco Silva can now cement the London side as a top-flight entity.
Silva has previously had spells with Hull City, Watford and Everton, but the Portuguese doesn't have a track record for remaining with English clubs for a particularly long time. He is one of the Sack Race betting favourites due to the fact that Fulham are among the favourites to be relegated from the Premier League.
On the flip side, Fulham produced a superb performance against Liverpool and were unlucky to only draw 2-2 against one of the fiercest sides in England. Silva could be set to remain at Craven Cottage for longer than his odds suggest, with the team only a missed penalty away from winning at Molineux.
Will Steve Cooper Last the Season With Nottingham Forest?
Perhaps Steve Cooper will follow in the footsteps of Brian Clough and become a legendary figure at the City Ground. However, the 42-year-old and his Nottingham Forest team experienced a baptism of fire when losing 2-0 at Newcastle before they were able to claim a 1-0 win over West Ham and get some much-needed points on the board.
It's not out of the question that owner Evangelos Marinakis will look to make a change if the Tricky Trees struggle for points, although the Greek has spent a considerable amount of money and Cooper's stock is very high. All of a sudden, there is stability at the club.
Cooper does look rock solid as a coach, but the Welshman knows there will be an expectation on him to deliver, and we often see football club owners make managerial changes. After all, Forest began the previous season with Chris Hughton at the helm before Cooper was brought in, so the owner clearly has a propensity to change things.
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Eddie Howe Needs to Keep Delivering at Newcastle
Eddie Howe saw his Newcastle United team produce a string of victories in the New Year, which propelled the Magpies well clear of trouble. The former Bournemouth manager spent a while out of management before coming into the St James' Park hot seat, and the fans have warmed to a manager who is now building a squad that can challenge in the top half of the table.
A string of successes in the New Year ensured that Newcastle remained in the Premier League last season, with the Magpies continuing where they left off with a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest and the former Bournemouth manager looks safe as houses for the time being. A goalless draw at Brighton keeps the Magpies in a good place as they contemplate Manchester City this weekend.
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Thomas Frank is doing a good job at Brentford considering his resources, and a 4-1 win at Chelsea was notable last season. The Bees started the season by coming back from two goals down to claim a 2-2 draw at Leicester before a 4-0 thumping of Manchester United.
Graham Potter finished the campaign strongly last season with Brighton, and it will be interesting to see whether this form can be continued into the new season considering that there's still an absence of firepower. A 2-1 win at Old Trafford suggests that this manager is here to stay in the long-term.
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