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2017-18 Premier League Sack Race betting

Jon Wilde 22 Feb 2018
  • Bookmakers have updated the Premier League Sack Race betting
  • Get the latest odds for the next manager to leave his job
West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew (credit: Getty Images)

Eight Premier League managers have already been sacked during the 2017-18 season and the bookmakers think West Bromwich Albion's Alan Pardew could be next to receive his P45.

It took only four rounds of matches for the axe to fall this term, Frank de Boer the first victim as he lasted only 77 days in charge of Crystal Palace. A month into the season and after four consecutive defeats to nil, the Eagles decided to replace the Dutchman with Roy Hodgson.

October is a month when there is invariably a cull of managers once the dust has started to settle on a campaign and this time there were two sackings within the space of six days.

Like De Boer, Craig Shakespeare had only been appointed permanently in the summer, in his case at Leicester City after succeeding title-winner Claudio Ranieri on an interim basis in February. But the permanency was only superficial and Shakespeare was in turn replaced by former Southampton boss Claude Puel.

Ronald Koeman was also not given the chance to see if his summer moves in the transfer market would pay off, although the signs at Everton were not encouraging judging by the results that precipitated his departure after 16 months at the helm.

Then, by November 6, Slaven Bilic made it 20% of Premier League managers who had lost their job already this season as he left West Ham United, replaced the following day by David Moyes.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte (Getty Images)
That became 25% when Tony Pulis paid the price for a poor run of results at West Bromwich Albion, who appointed Alan Pardew as his successor, while Swansea City then showed again they do not believe in the Christmas spirit as they sacked a manager for the third consecutive December, Paul Clement being the latest to depart south Wales as Carlos Carvalhal moved in.

The not-so-magnificent seven was brought up on FA Cup third-round weekend in early January as Mark Hughes became the first Premier League managerial casualty of 2018, sacked within hours of his Stoke City side's defeat against League Two club Coventry City as the Potters' steady decline hit a new low. After being turned down by several targets, Stoke eventually appointed Paul Lambert on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

And in a highly attritional campaign for top-flight bosses, Watford, who barely keep a manager for longer than a year these days, added Marco Silva to the cull as they felt their results had gone downhill since Everton distracted him with an approach before appointing Sam Allardyce. Within hours, the Hornets confirmed they had brought in Javi Gracia.

So, who will be next? Well, having been a 25/1 chance before the weekend, Alan Pardew's odds have been slashed to those of a warm favourite after his West Brom side were knocked out of the FA Cup on their own pitch and it was reported that the club's owners are losing patience with the manager only three months after appointing him.

Mauricio Pellegrino at Southampton, meanwhile, has yet to achieve anything that suggests he is an upgrade on his predecessor Claude Puel and has got the Saints into a relegation battle during his first season at the helm.

Pellegrino and Pardew are separated in the market by second favourite Antonio Conte, whose 'second season syndrome' at Chelsea has seen the relationship between he and the board deteriorate following last season's title-winning campaign.

Premier League Sack Race (next manager to leave his job) best odds

    6/4 Alan Pardew (Paddy Power)
  11/4 Antonio Conte (Coral)
    4/1 Mauricio Pellegrino (BetVictor)
    4/1 No manager to leave (betway)
  25/1 David Wagner (Paddy Power)
  33/1 Rafael Benitez (Paddy Power)
  33/1 Javi Gracia (betway)
  33/1 Paul Lambert (BetVictor)
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