EPL SACK RACE - NEXT MANAGER TO LEAVE BETTING ODDS:
Odds correct as of 15:00, 06/02/2020.
|Tip||Current Team||Odds (Click to bet)||Bet with|
|Ole Gunnar Solskjaer||Manchester United||5/2||William Hill|
|Roy Hodgson||Crystal Palace||3/1||BetVictor|
|No Manager To Leave||N/A||5/1||Ladbrokes|
|Dean Smith||Aston Villa||5/1||BetVictor|
|David Moyes||West Ham||12/1||William Hill|
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It’s nearly a month since a Premier League manager was sacked, with Manuel Pellegrini being axed by West Ham United right at the end of 2019 after the Hammers continued their alarming descent towards the relegation zone. However, it appears the vultures are now starting to circle and perhaps we’ll see the next casualty within the next few days and weeks.
Realistically, there are at least half a dozen clubs that can still be relegated from the top flight this season. While two of these outfits have already changed manager (Watford on two occasions!), the remaining quartet have stuck with their respective Head Coaches although it’s little surprise to find some of them among the favourites in the latest edition of the Premier League Sack Race market.
Then there’s the situation at Old Trafford. Manchester United are the latest high-profile club to enter “crisis mode” and we all know what happened when Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur hit the buffers during the earlier parts of the season.
After a recent midweek programme of Premier League matches, the bookmakers have been busy revising their latest odds for the Sack Race and we now have several managers trading at single-figure prices which suggests that changes could be afoot over the coming weeks.
How Long Does Solskjaer Have Left at United?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is clearly a manager who likes to put a positive spin on things. If he was captain of the Titanic, he would have continued to search for the positives as the ship crashed into an iceberg and slowly began to sank which is an accurate metaphor for what is happening at Manchester United right now.
Let’s get something straight, the Norwegian is not wholly responsible for the Red Devils’ plight at the moment and fifth place in the Premier League is not really out of keeping for the north-west team since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down, with United having effectively become a leading team in the top flight rather than a title challenger.
However, United’s 2-0 home defeat against Burnley on Wednesday 22 January could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back as far as Solskjaer’s position is concerned. The Old Trafford board will have expected the team to have won that game and closed the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea to three points, although any hope of qualifying for the Champions League now looks a distant one.
William Hill go 5/2 and the latter must have taken some hefty bets on someone who has looked out of their depth at Old Trafford since signing a permanent contract at the club nearly a year ago.
Solskjaer has tried his best to rebuild the squad at Old Trafford, with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez among those who have been shipped out, although the Paul Pogba issue has remained a constant thorn in the side for the Norwegian and it might not be long before a section of supporters start to turn on someone who is rightly regarded as a club legend for his services as a player.
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Howe 6/1 with Betway on Sack Race Market
Ladbrokes don’t think much of Eddie Howe’s prospects at Bournemouth with their 7/4 quote and make him almost as likely to be sacked as the beleaguered Solskjaer. Most would surely argue that the former looks a good deal more secure in his respective position, especially after a morale-boosting 3-1 victory over Brighton recently.
The 42-year-old has clearly endured a difficult season at the Vitality Stadium and the Cherries remain in the relegation zone at the time of writing, although we have to respect the fact that the Dorset club have one of the tightest budgets in the Premier League and eighteenth place is probably only slightly over par given the clubs that they generally fare against.
Betway think that the pressure has eased on Howe after that midweek success against the Seagulls and go 4/1 that the former Burnley manager is the next top-flight casualty, with the manager clearly part of the furniture at the club. It’s entirely plausible that he would remain in charge whether Bournemouth were relegated or not, with the infrastructure potentially not in place to accept a replacement manager.
Bookies Disagree on Smith’s Villa Prospects
Dean Smith is a highly popular manager at Villa Park and it’s hard to think of any Aston Villa boss who has been held in such high esteem. The supporters sing that “he’s one of our own” and the former Brentford gaffer pulled off a minor miracle when he steered the Villans into the Premier League last season through the trapdoor that was the Championship play-offs.
Admittedly, it’s been a struggle this time around when it has come to staying in the top flight and that’s despite some fairly large-scale spending at the Midlands club, although Villa sit sixteenth in the table at the time of writing and a recent victory over Watford has led to their heads being above water again.
6/1 about the former Walsall manager who will now feel confident that he can steer the club to safety and then help them to consolidate next term in the top flight.
There’s also the possibility that Aston Villa could be competing in the EFL Cup final should they manage to overcome Leicester City in the second leg of their semi-final tie and the team are certainly not without a chance after drawing 1-1 at the King Power Stadium in the first leg encounter. We think there are probably likelier prospects than Smith in the Sack Race considering he’s once again been backed in the transfer market.
Is Farke Living on Borrowed Time at Norwich?**
Like Smith, Daniel Farke is another manager of a newly-promoted Premier League club and it really comes as little surprise to nobody that Norwich are in the relegation zone as we come towards the end of January. The Canaries did manage to win the Championship title last season although their habit of outscoring second-tier opponents was hardly likely to be an effective strategy in the top flight.
Norwich are currently six points adrift of safety and it’s getting to the stage where the Easy Anglian side are in danger of losing touch with the teams above them. Farke has been installed as one of the Sack Race favourites as a result, with William Hill go 12/1 about the German, while Ladbrokes take a dimmer view of his prospects with their 7/1 quote.
However, there’s a strong chance that the 43-year-old will still be at the Carrow Road helm come next season irrespective of whether Norwich City are relegated or not. After all, Farke steered the Canaries into the Premier League against the odds last season and he has the team playing an attractive brand of football which has been highly pleasing to the majority of supporters.
It would appear he would be among the best candidates to take Norwich back up and it should also be pointed out that the club have not spent a fortune trying to survive in the Premier League, with a contingency plan in place should they drop back down into the second tier.
Graham Potter Looks Huge at 33/1
Perhaps we’re missing something when it comes to Graham Potter. The Englishman has recently been handed an enormous contract at the AMEX Stadium and owner Tony Bloom clearly feels as though he’s the manager to turn Brighton into a permanent fixture when it comes to the Premier League.
However, the bottom line is that the Seagulls are in danger of being relegated this season, just as they were when Chris Hughton was in charge last term. Yes, Albion are playing a more attractive brand of football under Potter this time around, although a return of twenty-five points from twenty-four points is underwhelming for practically any top flight club.
A recent 3-1 defeat against an off-colour Bournemouth has set some alarm bells ringing at the Sussex club and 33/1 with Coral just looks like a strange price about Potter winning the latest Sack Race market considering that other managers in the same position have single figure quotes about them being axed.
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Could Every Manager Survive this Season?
We’ve now got to the stage where Solskjaer, Howe, Smith and Farke are realistically the only managers who are likely to part company with their respective clubs between now and the end of the season. While Roy Hodgson and Graham Potter are next on the betting market, it would be a major shock if either were given their marching orders until the summer.
Indeed, there is now an opportunity to bet on the “No Manager to Leave” option with several bookmakers, which means you would be banking on all twenty coaches to remain in place until the Premier League season comes to an entire end. Ladbrokes offer an attractive 5/1 about this happening and it could certainly give punters a run for their money.
The big question is whether Manchester United are going to allow Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to remain in charge until May. It’s plausible that they have a replacement lined up who might want to wait until the summer before taking charge and effectively getting a clean slate from which to operate.
Should you think that Solskjaer will remain a sitting duck for the next few months and that Howe, Smith and Farke are relatively safe in their respective positions, then the “No Manager” option could be worth pursuing. Some customers will have a small bet on this outcome and see how far the ride lasts, with each passing day moving them a step closer to a profit.
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