Mancini 9/2 to be next out

  • Last Updated: December 27 2012, 8:28 GMT

Sky Bet have cut Roberto Mancini's odds of being the next Premier League manager to go after Manchester City fell seven points behind leaders Manchester United on Boxing Day.

Roberto Mancini: Saw his side lose at Sunderland
Roberto Mancini: Saw his side lose at Sunderland

The pre-season title favourites lost 1-0 at Sunderland while their neighbours produced another thrilling comeback win to beat Newcastle 4-3 at Old Trafford.

As a result, Mancini has been cut to 9/2 second favourite from 8/1 to be the next top-flight boss to lose his job with Sky Bet behind Reading manager Brian McDermott, who is 7/4 favourite.

Sky Bet Football Trader Chris Spicer said: "While the City hierarchy haven't previously proven to be trigger-happy, they've looked well short of the side that won the title last season and are finally being found out.

"With their Champions League campaign ending in misery, the Premier League is surely a must with such a talented squad at Mancini's disposal, so we deem him to be under genuine pressure now."

Martin O'Neill had been one of the front runners in this market a few weeks ago but the Black Cats' revival means he's now out to 40/1.

Aston Villa suffered another heavy defeat on Boxing Day - this time losing 4-0 at home to Spurs following the weekend's 8-0 mauling at Chelsea - and now Paul Lambert can be backed at 6/1 in the sack race.

Manchester United's victory has seen them come in to 4/11 to regain the title, while Man City are 7/2 and Chelsea are 7/1 from 12/1 after grinding out a 1-0 victory at Norwich.

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