Avram now favourite for the sack
The Next Premiership Manager To Go Betting Odds make Avram Grant the favourite for the sack race but better value may lay elsewhere, particularly with Man City manager Roberto Mancini, who is already under plenty of pressure.
Grant Likely To Be Given More Time But Mancini May Not Be
It is no real surprise that Avram Grant has become the favourite to be the next manager to leave their post, he is yet to gain a point as West Ham manager and Stoke away followed by Spurs at home doesn’t look too easy either as they search for their first points. The good news for Grant, who is 11/4 with SkyBet to be first out, is that West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold insist they are not sacking managers, so having already sacked Gianfranco Zola they would really have some egg on their face if they sacked Grant so soon after appointing him. Better value probably lies with Mancini, who has immense pressure and expectation on his shoulders having spent more than £100m once again. Mancini is just 4/1 with VC Bet yet you can get 8/1 with SkyBet and Paddy Power and if Man City aren’t sitting in the top four in a month’s time he could be gone, as he would be doing a worse job than Mark Hughes got sacked for.
Martinez And McLeish Look Safe But Hughton Must Be Worried
Roberto Martinez was the early favourite in the sack race but a win at Tottenham seems to have steadied his ship, Dave Whelan is unlikely to be forced into an early sacking and the 10/3 with SkyBet and Blue Square doesn’t appeal much as Wigan would probably have to lose their next six games for Martinez to leave. Birmingham have made a great start to the season so it seems odd that Alex McLeish is available at just 7/1 with Paddy Power to leave next, one manager who could get into trouble is Newcastle’s Chris Hughton who is 12/1 with SkyBet and Blue Square. He did a decent job in the Championship but got the job as default really and with expectation high at St James Park he could be sacked soon if results don’t pick up.