Sack Race: Pardew still fav despite late Hull comeback

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Alan Pardew remains the most likely Premier League manager to get his marching orders, according to the betting.

The Newcastle boss has been given some breathing space after a late Papiss Cisse double ensured a share of the points for Newcastle against Hull.

Magpies owner Mike Ashley has promised Pardew time to turn things around at St James’ Park but the bookmakers still make the former West Ham and Charlton gaffer the 4/11 favourite to be the next Premier League manager out the door.

The odds have drifted from 1/4 last week but with the north-east outfit’s next three games coming away from home a shortening of the price could be just around the corner.

West Brom boss Alan Irvine remains second in the betting and after Pardew’s drift has actually seen his own price come in from 6/1 to 9/2.

The Baggies picked up their first win of the season against Spurs at the weekend, but Irvine hasn’t been given the public backing that his Newcastle counterpart has received so remains one to watch in the market.

With Liverpool and Manchester United two of Albion’s next three league opponents Irvine could soon be staring into the managerial abyss.

Harry Redknapp’s price has been unaffected by the weekend’s events, with the QPR boss on at 10/1, but his placing in the Sack Race has gone from fourth to third due to West Ham’s win over Liverpool.

QPR needed a late leveller from Niko Kranjcar to avoid their fourth defeat in five Premier League games and with two away games against strong starters Southampton and a rejuvenated West Ham things could be about to get worse before they get better at Loftus Road.

As mentioned, West Ham’s unexpected 3-1 victory over Liverpool has seen the vultures circling over Big Sam’s head fly off for a week at least and the Irons gaffer has now moved from a 6/1 shot to a 12/1 chance.

The Hammers play Manchester United – at a good time – next before winnable games and QPR and Burnley.

A decent points haul from those games and the Big Sam Out campaign could be consigned to the memory banks!

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.