Defeat to Swansea City has left Martin Jol as the favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post, but don’t rule out Norwich City boss Chris Hughton beating him to the punch just yet.
The Dutchman is currently priced at 1/3 to be the next to leave, but with his former Spurs assistant Hughton available at 7/1, the ex-Newcastle boss offers real value given recent developments at both clubs.
For Jol, the arrival of Rene Meulensteen may actually offer him a lifeline at Craven Cottage, with the newly-installed owner evidently keen to give his manager time to turn things around.
Speaking after the Swans loss, he even went so far as to explain that the decision to appoint the former Manchester United coach was something he had called for in recent weeks, dispelling any suggestions that the club had gone behind his back.
“It is good because it is a different mouth… It gives you different things in training and on the pitch,” he told the Independent.
“He said he would like to get the best out of [Dimitar] Berbatov, for example, which is what I always try to do and it didn’t pay off against Swansea. That’s the only thing.”
And though next weekend’s trip to fellow strugglers West Ham remains crucial, the atmosphere around the Cottagers boss remains resilient – a stark contrast to the turmoil at Norwich City.
A 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United may not have been a terrible result for the Canaries, but with a series of basic defending errors, the steely rearguard Hughton traditionally instills in his charges appears to have evaporated.
In fact, Norwich could be in danger of doing an Ipswich – who famously went down in 2002 after replacing the hard-working core of the team that finished fifth with a series of big-money foreign signings who ultimately flopped.
With Ricky van Wolfswinkel proving little more than an amusing name and the likes of Gary Hooper failing to score on a regular basis, things are looking tough for the East Anglian club and Hughton.
Rumours are also continuing to circulate linking former club favourite Malky Mackay with a return to Carrow Road, with the Scot still reportedly unhappy with the running of current side Cardiff City under Vincent Tan.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce remains at 7/1 to leave next and though Jol is the bookies’ choice, backing a departure from either of the other two Premier League strugglers could prove a shrewd move.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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