Swansea, West Brom and Watford bosses best-backed for early sacking
The season hasn’t even begun and yet it appears a few Premier League managers are under the cosh, with Francesco Guidolin, Tony Pulis and Walter Mazzarri to favourites for an early dismissal.
Plenty of bets have already been placed on who will have the ignominy of being the first Premier League manager to be sacked this season, and the aforementioned trio are clear favourites with punters and bookies alike.
West Brom boss Pulis is the outright favourite to go first at 9/4, with many expecting the former Stoke boss to have quit the Hawthorns during the summer.
Swansea coach Guidolin – who helped the club avoid relegation last season – is 5/1 second favourite, alongside compatriot and new Watford chief Walter Mazzarri.
All three teams have been comparatively quiet in the transfer window too, which could be playing a factor in why the three respective bookies are deemed most likely for a premature chop.
Guidolin has lost two of his star players this summer in Ashley Williams and Andre Ayew, while neither Watford nor West Brom have made significant acquisitions.
The arrival of Borja Baston at the Liberty Stadium is a major coup, but Guidolin missed a number of matches last season through illness, and should that reoccur, chairman Huw Jenkins may feel the need to make an early change.
Mazzarri must also try and win the hearts of the Hornets faithful, who were more than content with the job Quique Sanchez Flores was doing at Vicarage Road.
And for Guidolin, he missed a number of matches last season due to illness, which, should that occur again, could see chairman Huw Jenkins feel the need to make an early change.
Behind these three, Alan Pardew is 8/1 to go first, following a dismal second half of the season with Crystal Palace, slumping from fifth on New Year’s Day to 15th at season’s end.
North-east duo Sunderland and Middlesbrough are each 10/1 to ditch their managers – David Moyes and Aitor Karanka – respectively, before any other side.
And as for the man least likely to lose his job first?
Jose Mourinho of course, at 100/1, if you’re asking.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.