Premier League Sack Race: Who will be the first top-flight manager to leave?
Premier League Sack Race Odds
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The new Premier League campaign gets underway this weekend and now is the time to turn our attention to a race which no manager will wish to win, namely the Sack Race. It really isn’t very nice to see a manager receive their marching orders, however a change at the top is often a prerequisite for a side to turn around their flagging fortunes.
Head on the Block
Javi Gracia was first to be given his marching orders in the early stages of the 2019/20 campaign prior to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur parting ways with Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino respectively, however whose head will be first on the block in the new season?
As things stand, West Ham United gaffer David Moyes is favourite to be next in the firing line, the East London side heading into the new campaign in the midst of turmoil following the sale to West Bromwich Albion of Grady Diangana. The entire squad have made their feelings clear on the sale of the player although aside from this the club have managed to retain the services of the core of their squad.
Lack of Transfer Activity
That said a lack of transfer activity has seen few summer arrivals and this could potential come back to haunt the Hammers. With just several weeks before the transfer window slams shut, Moyes will certainly be under immense pressure and if the side fail to get things off to a good start, then the Hammers boss could be seeking pastures new, the bookies going a general 4/1 that he is next managerial casualty in the top flight.
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson can thank his lucky stars that his side have a relatively easy start to the new season, especially so given that the Eagles ended the previous season with some dreadful form. Indeed only four points were collected from their closing nine games of 2019/20 and a similar start to the current campaign could result in Hodgson being out on his easr, the bookies going 5/1 that this proves to be the case.
Palace have brought in some notable new players during the summer and these could prove useful in the opening weeks of the campaign. The likes of Nathan Ferguson and Eberechi Eze could turn out to be shrewd signings while Michy Batshuayi’s return from loan could also be timely. This solid foundation ahead of the new campaign may be just the thing to keep Hodgson in his position a while longer.
Scott Parker is the last of the top three in the Sack Race betting market, however the Fulham boss has had plenty of backing in the summer transfer market and it is unlikely that he won’t be given the time required to settle his side down in their first season back in the Premier League.
Premier League Sack Race Odds From Unibet Bookmakers
4/1 – David Moyes
5/1 – Roy Hodgson
7/1 – Scott Parker
8/1 – Steve Bruce
9/1 – Dean Smith