Mancini 5/4 fav in sack race

  • Last Updated: February 10 2013, 18:25 GMT

Roberto Mancini is as short as 5/4 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his job after Manchester City's title hopes took a huge blow with a 3-1 defeat at Southampton on Saturday evening.

Roberto Mancini watched his side lose 3-1 at Southampton
Roberto Mancini watched his side lose 3-1 at Southampton

Already trailing leaders Manchester United by nine points going into the clash, the defending champions conceded after just seven minutes when Jason Puncheon slotted home.

Saints doubled their advantage when Rickie Lambert's shot squirmed through Joe Hart's grasp, allowing Steven Davis to bundle home.

Edin Dzeko reduced the deficit as half-time approached, but an own goal from Gareth Barry after the break put Saints on course for a first win since Mauricio Pochettino replaced Nigel Adkins at the helm.

City have now drifted out to 12/1 with bet365 to win the Premier League title while Manchester United, who host Everton on Sunday, are now as short as 1/33.

Sky Bet offer 5/4 about Mancini being the next top-flight boss out with Chelsea's Rafael Benitez being moved out to 6/1. The Blues beat Wigan 4-1 on Saturday following morning reports that the Spaniard would lose his job if Chelsea were beaten.

Mancini is a best of 13/8 with William Hill.

Sky Bet's Chris Spicer said: "The pressure is mounting on Roberto Mancini. Ever since City's Champions League exit his every move has been scrutinised, and now it looks as though the league is out of reach too.

"City overcame a similar situation last season, but football can be ruthless, and we're not convinced the club's owners are sentimental enough to stick with Mancini this time."