Who Will Be Next? – The Premier League Sack Race

The Premier League managerial merry-go-round is in full swing yet again, with four top-flight managers losing their job between October and November.

Craig Shakespeare (Leicester), Slaven Bilic (West Ham), Ronald Koeman (Everton) and most recently Tony Pulis (West Brom) have all been dismissed in recent weeks. Frank De Boer’s sacking at Crystal Palace after just 77 days in charge means five top-flight managers have already lost their job this season.

Other managers in the league remain under pressure to start picking up results soon or could face a similar fate.

We take a look at the odds on who could be next in the firing line…


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Swansea’s Paul Clement leads the Premier League sack race following a dismal start to the season. The Swans find themselves in 19th place on the table with just two wins over Crystal Palace and West Ham so far this season. They are the lowest scorers in the entire division, and Clement is under immense pressure to get them firing.

The Swans face a tough away trip to Chelsea before a vital game at home against West Brom followed by a visit from Manchester City. Former West Brom boss, Pulis, is currently the favourite to take over despite his recent dismissal.

Odds to be sacked: 10/11


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Another manager who finds themselves under increasing pressure is Mark Hughes at Stoke City. The Potters have won just three games so far this season. Stoke were on the brink of Europe following three consecutive ninth-place finishes under Hughes. But last season, they dropped to 13th, and no find themselves in a relegation battle. It has been suggested the Welshman may have taken the club as far as he could and a new face could help the club take the next step.

They have a must-win game at home to Swansea before two tricky away fixtures against Tottenham and Burnley.

Odds to be sacked: 8/1


Southampton replaced Claude Puel with Mauricio Pellegrino this summer, hoping the build on a mediocre season last campaign under the Frenchman. However, Pellegrino’s start at the helm has been underwhelming so far; his record in his first 12 games was identical to Puel’s. The Argentine has taken a tough job at St. Marys with Virgil Van Dijk unsettled as well as Shane Long and Manolo Gabbidini struggling for form. The 4-1 win over Everton will have handed the former Alaves boss some much needed time, but he needs results to continue in a similar vein to avoid getting the chop.

Odds to be sacked: 8/1


Surprisingly, Antonio Conte is as short as 16/1 to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job despite guiding the Blues to the Premier League title last season. The Blues’ defence of their league crown has not gone to plan with Manchester City cruising towards the title and speculation continues to mount that Conte will leave the club at the end of the season. Also, The Italian reportedly has a fractious relationship with the Chelsea hierarchy regarding the club’s transfer dealings. Ex-Borussia Dortmund boss, Thomas Tuchel, has been rumoured to replace him.

Odds to be sacked: 16/1


It remains highly unlikely that there will be no more managerial casualties in the Premier League given the volatile nature of the job. The current total for 2017/18 stands at five but only once in the last ten years have less than ten managerial changes occurred. It remains to be seen how many more managers will be given their marching orders.

Odds to happen: 80/1

Who do you think will be the next manager to be sacked? Comment below!


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