Sack Race

Premier League Sack Race – 23rd January

Another week of Premier League football has come and gone, with shocks, screamers and suspensions.

Another week of Premier League football has come and gone, with shocks, screamers and suspensions. New managers Marco Silva and Paul Clement saw their team’s put in strong performances, despite contrasting results, while Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace were left heartbroken once again.

Swansea have removed Francesco Guidolin and Bob Bradley from their jobs so far this season and Clement looks like he is doing significantly better than they did. Palace sacked Alan Pardew for Allardyce and Hull relieved Mike Phelan of his duties for Marco Silva. While none of those three will be changing again in the near future, there are plenty of other bosses under pressure…

David Moyes

Yep, its still bleak for Sunderland’s boss. His team, riddled by international absentees and injuries, were comfortably beaten by West Bromwich Albion. Back at the foot of the Premier League table, Moyes is at 5/1 to be the next Premier League manager sacked.

That may look good value, but it’s a bet to be wary of. If Sunderland were to replace the Scotsman this season, one would have thought that they would have given a new manager a crack at the January transfer market. With the window creaking shut, Moyes looks likely to continue in the post, suggesting he will be given the whole season to pull the club to safety.

Maybe the Black Cats will panic in the next few weeks, but its hard to see who could do a much better job with the current Sunderland playing staff.

Aitor Karanka

Criticising the fans is seldom a smart move, its particularly risky when your team have won once in their last eight league matches. Having dropped to only four points ahead of the bottom three, Boro are well and truly in the relegation dogfight.

Karanka’s side, despite all their attacking talent, have only found the net on 20 occasions this season. That fact, now in the light of a poor defensive display against West Ham, is alarming.

Each of the other bottom five clubs have changed manager this season and Middlesbrough are favourites to do next, with Karanka at odds of 7/20 to suffer the sack.

Walter Mazzarri

Sitting eight points clear of the relegation zone, Mazzarri’s Hornets will be thankful for a great start to the season. That brilliant beginning has kept the manager in credit thus far, but a current seven match winless streak has seen them plummet down the Premier League table and early signs of frustration amongst the players.

Mazzarri will not be stressing about his future just yet, as odds of 6/1 to be the next manager sacked suggest, but he could quickly become a man under serious pressure. Performances have not been quite as poor as results may suggest, but an end to this current streak is needed as soon as possible to lurch themselves away from any potential danger.