It’s never a nice thing to speculate about, the next manager to lose his job. But as we all know, in football its more about when than if. Time is precious and top tier managers are never given the luxury of much of it. With that in mind, I’m going to have a look at a few of the bookies favourites to be the next to go, and how they got onto this list.
As we go into the international break, the current favourite to go next is Marco Silva, the Everton boss. The best price for him to be next to go is 5/4 with Sky Bet, but he is as short as 4/6 on the Betfair exchange at the time of writing (Over 18’s only, please gamble responsibly). Everton enter the break in the Premier League drop zone having lost their last four games.
Pressure was always going to be on the Portuguese manager following another summer of spending by the Toffees. Having brought in big names like Moise Kean, Alex Iwobi, Fabian Delph and making Andre Gomes a permanent signing, it had been thought that Everton would be chasing a top four finish. However, they are languishing near the foot of the table with just 7 points from 8 games this season in the English top flight.
Another worry for Silva is that his Everton team have only played one of last seasons top six. Next up is an in form West Ham side who will provide a tough test in what looks to be a must-win game if Silva is going to continue as Everton boss.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer
This will come as little surprise to many, second favourite to leave his post next is the Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. Following their worst start to a season in 30 years, the Red Devils sit 12th in the Premier League, just two points above the relegation zone.
United have only scored more than one goal in a game once this term, in their opening weekend 4-0 win against Chelsea at Old Trafford. This weekend they drew a blank as they went down 1-0 to fellow strugglers Newcastle, and since then the pressure on Solksjaer’s position has dramatically increased.
There’s two ways to look at this. The first is that United need a huge overhaul of the squad, which looks well below what you would expect from the 13-time Premier League champions. Ed Woodward may feel that they have the right man in charge to do this, with Solksjaer being a player at the club for so long. Over the summer the recruitment policy clearly took a different direction back towards younger players, the foundation of the Ferguson era at Man Utd.
The flip side is of course that since the Norwegian got the job permanently back in March, results and performances have hugely dipped. Many argue that he shouldn’t have been appointed in the first place and is underqualified to carry out the mammoth task of turning around this sleeping giant. Solksjaer is 7/2 with BetVictor at the time of writing, but can be as short 6/4 with a couple of firms.
If you’d have asked most people at the start of this season if Pochettino would be on this list after 8 games, I’d imagine most people would have said no chance. And yet, here we are. With Spurs 9th in the Premier League with 11 points from their 8 games, and fresh off the back of a humbling 3-0 defeat to Brighton, the Argentine is very much in the mix to be next to go.
Tottenham had a difficult summer with the rumours surrounding Christian Eriksen leaving the club to go to Real Madrid, a transfer which of course never went through. There was also plenty of talk of Pochettino wanting various other senior players out, including Danny Rose and Serge Aurier. Again, these players ended up staying at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium against the will of the manager. Maybe the atmosphere in the dressing isn’t what it once was, and the performances on the field certainly haven’t matched up to what we’ve come to expect from Spurs in recent years.
Pochettino is currently the third favourite with the bookies to leave his post as I write this. He is 10/3 with Betfair or as long as 5/1 with BetVictor if you fancy a dabble.
An honourable mention goes to Steve Bruce at Newcastle, although the recent win over Man United has probably quietened speculation about his sacking, at least for the time being.
There will be plenty of speculation over this international break concerning all three of these managers. Who do you think will be next to go? Drop a comment or tweet me @MikeyBreslin and send me your thoughts.