Next Premier League manager to go: Contenders in the running to be the next boss to lose or leave their job

Who will be the next manager to leave their post in the Premier League?
Who will be the next manager to leave their post in the Premier League?

We take a look at the Premier League 'sack race', as Everton manager Marco Silva heads the betting from Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The race to be the FIFTH Premier League manager to lose - or leave - their job this season might be as quick as the previous two 60m indoor sprints, with the exits of Unai Emery and Quique Sanchez Flores following hot on the heels of former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino a fortnight ago.

We run through the leading contenders in the eyes of the bookmakers (Sky Bet odds correct at 1000 GMT on 05/12/2019) and hopefully you'll get to the end of it before another bites the dust...

Marco Silva - Everton

  • Sky Bet's sack race odds: 8/15 (Start of the season: 9/1)
  • League position: 17th
  • Record: P 14, W 4, D 2, L 8, GD -8, PTS 14
  • Last six league form: WLDWLL
  • Next three fixtures: Liverpool (a), Chelsea (h), Manchester United (a)
  • Summer spending: £107.91m (Seven signings)
  • Biggest signing: Alex Iowbi (£27.36m)

Macro Silva looked all set to take bronze medal in the sack race when a miserable season so far was compounded by humiliating 2-0 home defeat to Norwich - but he clung onto his job long enough for TWO more managers in Emery and Flores to cross the line before him.

Another defeat, this time away at Leicester, means the Toffees languish just one place and two points above the relegation zone ahead of a daunting trip to runaway leaders and arch rivals Liverpool on Wednesday night.

The board have announced Silva will take charge of that game but the fixtures won't get much easier as they face Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City Leicester again in their next eight games.

The Toffees sacked their previous manager Sam Allardyce for mid-table nothingness so they shouldn't accept the same under a man who spent a lot of money in the summer to challenge for the top six at the very least.

It's not as if his brand of football is bringing entertainment to Goodison Park either, having only managed eight goals there in an overall tally of just 14, and fans are losing patience quickly, if they haven't already.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - Manchester United

  • Sky Bet's sack race odds: 9/4 (Start of the season: 6/1)
  • League position: 9th
  • Record: P 14, W 4, D 6, L 4, GD +4, PTS 18
  • Last six league form: DWLWDD
  • Next three fixtures: Tottenham (h), Man City (a), Everton (h)
  • Summer spending: £143.10m (Three signings)
  • Biggest signing: Harry Maguire (£80m)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he felt no extra pressure now that Mauricio Pochettino is on the market, but he must be a little bit worried now after back-to-back draws to newly-promoted Sheffield United and Aston Villa since then.

It's been a spluttering first quarter of the season with Ole at the wheel, and both of their most recent Premier League games summed up his reign so far with the huge disparity between the highs and lows his young side can produce.

Solskjaer knows the Manchester United hierarchy are long-term admirers of Pochettino, and may well be concerned of other big clubs pinching him first if they don't act soon - if indeed they are pondering the thought.

Alarm bells will have been raised with United's abject display against Sheffield United when trailing 2-0, and although they turned it around to almost win, a home point against Aston Villa is simply not good enough.

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Brendan Rodgers - Leicester

  • Sky Bet's Sack race odds: 7/1 (Start of the season: 16/1)
  • League position: 2nd
  • Record: P 14, W 10, D 2, L 2, GD +24, PTS 32
  • Last six league form: WWWWWW
  • Next three fixtures: Watford (h), Aston Villa (a), Norwich (h)
  • Summer spending: £95.49m (Five signings)
  • Biggest signing: Youri Tielemans (£40.5m)

Well, it goes without saying that Brendan Rodgers is only on this list for positive reasons.

Few would have expected Leicester to have enjoyed such a great opening third to the season and you could probably count on one hand those who predicted them to be one of the horses in a two-runner race for the title by December!

OK, that might be exaggerating current expectations but mathematically the Foxes are the only side putting any kind of pressure on runaway leaders Liverpool after 14 games and are currently three points ahead of defending champions Manchester City.

The former Liverpool and Celtic boss spent wisely in the summer and not only do they have the strongest defence in the league despite the loss of Harry Maguire to mid-table Manchester United, they are the second highest scorers behind City with 33 goals.

And there was also that record-equalling 9-0 victory over Southampton.

What Arsenal - or indeed Manchester United - would give for this kind of record, and that's precisely why Rodgers finds himself in this market to be the next Premier League manager to leave their post.

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Manuel Pellegrini - West Ham

  • Sky Bet's Sack race odds: 12/1 (Start of the season: 16/1)
  • League position: 13th
  • Record: P 14, W 4, D 4, L 6, GD -6, PTS 16
  • Last six league form: LDLLLW
  • Next three fixtures: Wolves (a), Arsenal (h), Southampton (a)
  • Summer spending: £71.73m (Six signings)
  • Biggest signing: Sebastien Haller (£36m)

What a difference a week makes.

A collapse in form in recent weeks saw him cut to 9/2 but it looks like Saturday's incredible victory at Chelsea has bought him more time.

Before then, the Hammers had picked up just two points from their last 21 available and have lost three of their last four home games - two of which London derbies to Crystal Palace and Spurs, with their point coming against promoted Sheffield United.

Pellegrini is far from out of the woods just yet with tough matches against Wolves and Arsenal this week and if they don't get much from either, then a defeat at Southampton could spell the end.

Ralph Hasenhuttl - Southampton

  • Sky Bet's sack race odds: 12/1 (Start of the season: 18/1)
  • League position: 18th
  • Record: P 18, W 3, D 3, L 8, GD -17, PTS 12
  • Last six league form: DLLLDW
  • Next three fixtures: Norwich (h), Newcastle (a), Liverpool (a)
  • Summer spending: £49.14m (Three signings)
  • Biggest signing: Danny Ings (£20m)

Ralph Hasenhuttl soared to the head of the sack race market after Southampton's record-equalling 9-0 home defeat to Leicester but is still hanging on in there.

Saints picked up just one point from the next three but finally grabbed a priceless victory over Watford, who then sacked their manager, on Saturday night with a little help from a VAR clanger.

With winnable games coming up against Norwich and Newcastle, he has a great chance to restore faith that he can turn this season around.

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