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2016-17 Premier League Sack Race betting

Jon Wilde 5 May 2017
  • Bookmakers have updated the Premier League Sack Race betting
  • Get the latest odds for the next manager to leave his job
Southampton manager Claude Puel (credit: Getty Images)

Who will be the next Premier League manager to leave his job? We discuss the leading candidates and bring you the latest betting odds for the Sack Race.

Football club management is becoming an increasingly precarious job and the attrition rate is showing no sign of slowing down, in fact the exact opposite judging by recent seasons.

Of the 20 Premier League clubs in the 2016-17 campaign, 13 of them have changed their manager within the last 18 months...several of them twice!

This season has been even more competitive than ever because most of Europe’s very best managers are now plying their trade in England with Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte, Jurgen Klopp, Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino all trying to follow Claudio Ranieri in leading their team to Premier League title glory.

Of course, back at the start of 2015-16, Ranieri, who had just taken over at Leicester City, was the favourite for the Sack Race as pundits were unconvinced about his ability to make a success of the job. Nine months later, he was a champion as his side incredibly finished 10 points clear at the top of the table!

But when Leicester were in danger of following their remarkable triumph by being relegated, the Italian duly lost his job in what was condemned as a hugely unpopular decision by the club's owners only a couple of weeks after they had given him a vote of confidence.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic (Getty Images)
It took only until early October for the first casualties of last season to emerge and the same thing happened again this time around, with Francesco Guidolin replaced at Swansea City by Bob Bradley, the first American to manage a Premier League club.

But Bradley lasted only 12 weeks and 11 matches until relieved of his duties on December 27 and there was no Christmas cheer shown at Crystal Palace either for they sacked Alan Pardew on December 22, replacing him with former England boss Sam Allardyce. Hull City's Mike Phelan was the first casualty of 2017 on only January 3, succeeded by Marco Silva, while Middlesbrough's Aitor Karanka was the latest casualty on March 16.

Sunderland, meanwhile, have not started and finished a season with the same manager since 2011 when Steve Bruce was in charge, so David Moyes is trying to buck that trend having been appointed as Allardyce's successor after he took the England job (which he held for only 67 days).

Another club that changes managers almost as frequently as the wind direction are Watford, whose owner Gino Pozzo applies a very Italian approach to hiring and firing – Quique Sanchez Flores did a brilliant job in 2015-16 but was not given the chance to build on his work.

His replacement Walter Mazzarri is 10/1 in the Sack Race market which is now headed by Southampton's Claude Puel, although the odds suggest it is highly unlikely any more managers will part company with their clubs before the end of the season.

Puel had a hard act to follow at St Mary's Stadium because his predecessors Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman ensured Saints never finished worse than eighth in any of the three previous seasons.

The Frenchman has led Southampton to the EFL Cup Final this season and they could yet finish in the top eight again, but for much of the campaign they have been significantly lower than that position and there have been reports in the media that the club's players are unhappy Puel's methods.

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

All odds with Sky Bet:

  1/6 No more managers to leave before the end of the season
  7/1 Claude Puel
10/1 Slaven Bilic
10/1 Walter Mazzarri
12/1 David Moyes
50/1 Paul Clement
50/1 Sean Dyche
50/1 Mark Hughes
50/1 Arsene Wenger
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