Garry Monk is the Premier League sack race favourite again after Swansea lost again at the weekend, while Jose Mourinho remains the other serious contender.
Mourinho has been in pole position for a couple of weeks ever since Tim Sherwood was given the boot at Aston Villa, but Monk has been flying up the ladder and after being a 14/1 poke last week he is now as short as 1/3.
The ‘No Manager to Leave’ option has shortened to 40/1 – now that would be boring and unlikely considering the money coming for Monk.
Leicester’s magician Claudio Ranieri, new Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and West Ham manager Slaven Bilic are the safest men in the league, according to the bookies.
We take a look at who the moneymen think could be next for the chop.
1. Garry Monk (↑2)
Monk was the subject of a huge gamble last month when he was cut from 40/1 to 13/8 in the space of a few hours after reports he missed training at Swansea. That was quickly denied by the club and the gamble then failed to land after Aston Villa predictably axed Sherwood.
The rumours however have now returned and Monk is now odds-on to go next after their weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Norwich, despite a ‘senior figure’ at the club telling BBC Wales of their “surprise” at the talk.
Talk of unrest in Wales is rife with chairman Huw Jenkins believed to be upset that Monk snubbed the idea of appointing a director of football to help him at the Liberty Stadium. Monk, fearful that any appointment would undermine his position, has rejected the proposal and Jenkins and the board are not happy and believed to be looking at potential replacements.
Brendan Rodgers anybody?
2. Jose Mourinho (↓1)
Who could have predicted the predicament that Mourinho finds himself in?
The Portuguese boss was a 50/1 back in August, but now he finds himself a 3/1 shot and he has and would be a lot shorter had the Monk scenario not taken off. Mourinho was banned from Chelsea’s latest defeat – the 1-0 reverse at Stoke – and Chelsea refused to put any of the coaching staff up for the contractual post-match interviews.
Mourinho has been silent since too and with owner Roman Abramovich a closed book, the recent speculation has been just that – speculation. However, the BBC published an article on Monday which read: ‘Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho still retains the support of Blues owner Roman Abramovich and his position is not under immediate threat’. It’s worth pointing out there was nothing in the story at all to corroborate the story and, as as mentioned earlier, with Abramovich notoriously difficult to gain information from, the Beeb look like they’ve jumped the gun.
Abramovich on the face of it appears unwilling to sack Mourinho, who has lost seven of his 12 Premier League games, but surely there will come a time when enough is enough for the Russian billionaire? Whether Abramovich is struggling to line-up a replacement or whether he is determined to stick by Mourinho is not clear, but Chelsea do have an attractive set of fixtures to come, so things could be looking rosier for him in a month’s time.
3. Steve McClaren (↓1)
4. Alex Neil (NM)
5. Eddie Howe (NM)
6. Sam Allardyce (↓1)
7. Tony Pulis (NM)
8. Quique Flores (↓1)
9. No Manager to Leave (↑11)
No Manager to leave was a 50/1 poke last week, but that has shortened to 40s this week. Surely not?
= Remi Garde (↑6)
Poor old Remi should be further down the ladder after opening his Villa account with a 0-0 draw against Man City.
11. Alan Pardew (↓4)
= Mauricio Pochettino (↑1)
= Roberto Martinez (↓6)
= Ronald Koeman (↓7)
= Louis van Gaal (↑1)
= Mark Hughes (↓10)
17. Manuel Pellegrini (NM)
= Arsene Wenger (NM)
19. Claudio Ranieri (↓6)
= Jurgen Klopp (NM)
= Slaven Bilic (↓2)
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