There are very few jobs that entail the kind of pressure a modern football manager works under. Modern football is all about quick fixes and instant results, and nowadays it’s very rare to see a football manager being afforded the luxury of time.
Premier League is one of the most competitive football leagues in the world, and it’s not uncommon to see a manager get a sacking early in a season. The upcoming season is going to be no different, and it shouldn’t take long before we get to see the first sacking of the season.
Here are five favourites to get the first sack in Premier League, according to the betting market:
1 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United)
The Norwegian was a breath of fresh air when he first took charge of reins at United. However, United’s form went downhill as soon as he was given the job permanently. United’s end-of-season collapse is still fresh in everyone’s mind, and it has put doubt in everyone’s mind about Solskjaer’s ability to lead United to top honours.
The Red Devils have backed their manager in the market, and it puts extra pressure on him to deliver. Hence, he is the favourite in the betting market to get the first sack at odds ranging from 4/1 to 6/1.
2 – Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace)
Roy Hodgson has done a fine job at Crystal Palace, but it appears that the progress at Selhurst Park has halted. The Eagles have planted their feet in the Premier League under Hodgson, and now they must take the next step. We are not sure whether Hodgson is the man to do so. If Palace don’t make an above-average start to the new season, we can see the former England manager exiting Selhurst Park.
He is available at 6/1 odds to become the first casualty this season.
3 – Graham Potter (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Graham Potter shows promise, but he has no experience of managing at this level. Furthermore, the Seagulls are coming on the back of a disastrous campaign where they barely survived.
Hence, the conditions are not optimum for Potter, and the pressure to deliver results is immense. Unsurprisingly, he is the next name on the list at 8/1 odds.
4 – Dean Smith (Aston Villa)
Smith did a fine job in leading Villa to promotion last season. However, like Potter, Smith also has no experience of managing at a top tier club.
He has been backed by the club in the market as the Billionaire owners have spent more than £100m in the market. Although, this massive spending also implies that the club would expect Smith to deliver immediate results. His sacking odds range from 12/1 to 14/1.
5 – Chris Wilder (Sheffield United)
Chris Wilder has led Sheffield United to two promotions in three seasons. United are favourites for relegation, and Wilder faces arguably the most challenging season of his management career.
Some might argue that Wilder’s position shouldn’t depend on United’s fortunes this season, and it appears that he has the trust of the board. However, the bookies have put him at 16/1 to get the first sack of the season.