Back in October Mark Hughes, Slaven Bilic and David Moyes were the three Premier League Managers leading the "sack race". Since then Bob Bradley (Swansea) and Mike Phelen (Hull City) have left their jobs, whilst the heat has come off both Hughes and Moyes - for the time being at least. However, that does leave the spotlight on other managers.
Surprisingly it's Watford's Walter Mazzarri who's the current favourite to be the next Premier League Managerial departure. Despite a decent start for The Hornets, Mazzarri has over seen a 1 win in 8 games run - the kind of form which will surely lead to a relegation battle for the remainder of the season. Worst for the Watford manager are reports of player unrest. Skybet offer 13/8 whilst Coral are offering 6/4.
Will Puel Be Next To Go?
Slaven Bilic must be a concerned man. West Ham have had a pretty poor campaign and the 5-0 FA Cup drubbing by Manchester City effectively sees an end to The Hammers hopes this season. Bilic may be given time to turn things around and he has been given the backing of David Sullivan. Coral will give you 3/1 whilst there's 11/4 on offer from Skybet!
Southampton could do with some stability in their managerial office, but could they be the next club to sack their manager? Claude Puel is 9/1 at Skybet and 7/1 with Coral and represents a decent punt. Saints are struggling and the supporters aren't impressed with the brand of football on offer. The imminent departure of Jose Fonte could make or break the season for Saints - and determine Puel's future at St Mary's to boot.
Big Odd Variations On Karanka
The biggest odds difference in managers to go involves Middlesborough's Aitor Karanka. Coral have him at 7/1 to be next to go, whilst Skybet are offering 14/1. That's an incredible difference and possibly worth an outside punt. Karanka has ridden a bit of a stormy relationship with the Boro' board, but if they slip into the relegation places then he may well be shown the exit door.
January is never a good time to sack a manager as it gives the incoming replacement limited time to bring in new players. However, supporters won't put up with poor performances and win less runs, whilst owners won't want their team dragged into relegation fights. If any of Mazzarri, Bilic, Puel or another is to be the next Premier League Manager to leave, then expect it to happen sooner rather than later.
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