The ticking time bomb that is the Premier League’s first managerial change is getting ever closer to going off, as the price on Newcastle’s Steve McClaren being the first casualty plummeted at the weekend.
Once a price greater than 25/1 to be the next top-flight manager to leave his post seven days ago, the Magpies’ 2-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday has sent the manager’s odds spiralling in to 11/2.
McClaren admitted after the game that he still doesn’t know Newcastle’s best team, formation or style which, while refreshingly honest, is worrying for a side that spent over £50m in the summer transfer window.
The Magpies have now lost three games in a row and are yet to bag a victory in league competition, leaving them level on points at the foot of the division with local rivals Sunderland.
Dick Advocaat, the Black Cats’ own beleaguered boss, is Ladbrokes’ 2/1 second-favourite to be the next boss shown the exit door and was equally glum as McClaren after overseeing a 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth.
Although the pair of north-east bosses find themselves in the danger zone, it is Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers that has the skinniest odds of all, with Ladbrokes making him a 6/4 chance to be the first top-flight boss axed.
The Reds stuttered to a 1-1 draw with Norwich on Sunday, leaving them in 13th place some four points off Leicester in fourth.
Daniel Sturridge’s return to the starting lineup wasn’t enough to spur the Anfield side to victory and the stalemate meant Rodgers’ mob are now without a win in five games.
A home game against Aston Villa, themselves in dire form, could help ease the pressure on the Northern Irishman and, in turn, crank it up considerably on Tim Sherwood.
The former Spurs boss saw his side lose a Midlands derby against West Brom last time out and is winless in six in all competitions.
Sherwood, in from 8/1 in the sack race from 14s this time last week, looks the best bet of the chasing pack.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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