Those who like to bet on which Premier League manager will lose their job next have got plenty to think about right now if they want to make a wager.
So far, Javi Gracia is the only man to lose his job this season, after he was fired by Watford at the start of September, but there are now several candidates in the queue to follow him.
Everton manager Marco Silva remains the favourite, after the defeat to Burnley on Saturday left his side just above the relegation places. But the odds on Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have been slashed after their abject defeat to Newcastle United at St. James Park on Sunday. United have failed to win away in the league since February, and have made their worst start to a season for 30 years.
Ironically, one of the other men under threat, Mauricio Pochettino, is the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Solskjaer if he is fired by United.
Those under threat may be feeling nervous right now, if the example of Gracia is any guide. It was during the last international break that Watford decided to fire him.
OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton have commented: “It is interesting to look back at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stats, he began in superb fashion, but things have turned sour and you can see that he is now lagging behind the likes of Moyes, van Gaal and Mourinho and we all know what happened then.
“It is going to take some turn around for Solskjaer to keep his job in the long-term.”
Selected Manchester United odds:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to leave his role as Manchester United manager by the end of the season – 1/6
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to still be Manchester United manager on the final day of the season – 7/2
Manchester United to finish outside the top six this season – 8/11
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.