Premier League sack race for new season begins
The Premier League sack race has already begun and Bookmakers put Watford boss Javi Gracia at the head of the betting.
Gracia arrived midway through last season replacing Marco Silva, their 13th new boss in the last decade – and clearly he is not expected to be in place for the long-term.
Aside from Gracia, and it is Mark Hughes next in the betting despite only signing a permanent deal with Southampton this summer.
And despite their decent finishes last season, Leicester’s Claude Puel and Rafa Benitez of Newcastle are then rated as most likely to go.
“We are not even in August and already the public are baying for blood,” said OddsMonkey spokesman Pete Watton.
“But last season we saw he first casualty Frank de Boer just a month into the season, and we saw nearly half the Premier League jobs come up for grabs.
“Javi Gracia has been in charge for less than 12-months but already people believe that he won’t be given too much of a chance during this off-season.
“Of the others, it is no surprise to see Hughes, Puel and Benitez in the mix as they all led the Sack Race at different times last season, and the fact Hughes is now at Southampton rather than Stoke, does not convince anyone that he will have any extra longevity.
“New appointments Manuel Pellegrini and Maurizio Sarri at West Ham and Chelsea respectively, are rated 16/1 shots so the public believe they are far from safe – although they think Unai Emery at Arsenal looks somewhat safer at 25/1.
“The man who is safest as it stands, looks to be Manchester City chief Pep Guardiola – he is a 50/1 to go first, but we actually think that is slightly slim and it could and should be ten times that.”
Premier League Sack Race selected odds – who will be first out?
Javi Gracia (Watford) – 4/1
Mark Hughes (Southampton) – 6/1
Claude Puel (Leicester) – 7/1
Rafa Benitez (Newcastle) – 9/1
Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace) – 10/1
Neil Warnock (Cardiff) – 16/1
Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) – 16/1
Manuel Pellegrini (West Ham) – 16/1
Marco Silva (Watford) – 16/1
Nuno Espirito Santo (Wolves) – 16/1
Maurizio Sarri (Chelsea) – 16/1
Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) – 16/1
Sean Dyche (Burnley) – 20/1
Chris Hughton (Brighton) – 20/1
Slavisa Jokanovic (Fulham) – 20/1
Jose Mourinho (Man Utd) – 20/1
David Wagner (Huddersfield) – 25/1
Unai Emery (Arsenal) – 25/1
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) – 33/1
Pep Guardiola (Man City) – 50/1
Do you think 25/1 is a fair price? Will Emery be given time no matter how he performs at the beginning?