Football By Joe Crilly

Just When Will The Managerial Axe Fall?

Tony Pulis may be classed as the winner of the “first manager to go” race, however the last time we reached this stage of the Premier League season without a manager having gone since the opening day was in 2010, when Chris Hughton left Newcastle on the 6th December (the third longest time from the start of the season without a managerial casualty in EPL history).


It is 40/1 that no manager leaves before the end of the season although there are a couple of candidates should the axe fall soon.


Nigel Pearson is the 13/8 favourite after a particularly damning video of him swearing at a Leicester fan emerged online. His odds tumbled from 11/4 and the move saw him jump to the front of the queue, leapfrogging Alan Irvinewho is 2/1 second favourite.


Harry Redknapp and Steve Bruce are 8/1 third favourites with Neil Warnock and Paul Lambert 11/1.


There have already been some close escapes already this season. Sam Allardyce started the season as the most under threat manager with his odds opening at 7/4 before ultimately drifting to their current price of 80/1.


Two managers have been odds on to go this season. Alan Pardew was as short as 1/6 on the 29th September, whileHarry Redknapp was 2/5 on the 2nd October.

Next Premier League manager to leave: 13/8 Nigel Pearson; 2/1 Alan Irvine; 8/1 Harry Redknapp; 8/1 Steve Bruce; 11/1 Neil Warnock; 11/1 Paul Lambert; 16/1 Brendan Rodgers; 20/1 BAR