The countdown to Christmas is underway and Premier League bosses will be hoping a P45 is not under their tree.
The axe has yet to fall on a Premier League manager since the start of the season, although Julen Lopetegui’s departure from Wolves on the eve of the campaign technically counts as the first managerial departure.
There must be something in the water because owners of the Premier League clubs have kept P45 forms stashed away… for the time being. Who will be the next to go? Well, it’s a bit of a guessing game as pressure is building on a number of bosses and you know it’s only a matter of time before one club decides enough is enough.
Next English Premier League Manager to Leave odds can be found on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise our summary of the leading contenders for the chop is below.
Sheffield United have made a pretty terrible start to life back in the Premier League and the Blades were tracking to fall short of Derby County’s record-low points total before a much-needed victory against Wolves and draw at Brighton.
One draw and nine defeats – including an 8-0 thrashing at home to Newcastle – from 10 fixtures before their first win of the campaign sparked questions over Paul Heckingbottom‘s future at Bramall Lane and he is the favourite in our Next English Premier League Manager betting market.
Former Blades boss Chris Wilder, who presided over the club’s last spell in the top flight, has been linked with a dramatic return.
Erik ten Hag
Manchester United made their worst start to a top-flight season since 1986 after losing five of their opening 10 league games, although unconvincing victories over Fulham and Luton have handed them a bit of momentum.
Despite an encouraging first term that included Carabao Cup glory and a top-four finish, Erik ten Hag‘s reign at Old Trafford is quickly unraveling. Questionable signings and a lack of clear playing style is not a recipe for success.
The fans are yet to turn on the Dutchman, however, and the backdrop of the club’s takeover uncertainty means he has not received too much blame for his side’s poor form.
The gap between the Premier League and the Championship has never been bigger and there’s a case to be made that last season’s second tier was probably the weakest in recent memory as all three promoted sides are struggling.
Burnley romped to the title but Vincent Kompany‘s admirable determination to play out from the back is costing them goals at the wrong end of the pitch.
It seems unlikely the Clarets would axe Manchester City legend Kompany because of his transformative effect on the club, although stranger things have happened in the past when it comes to the Premier League relegation fight.
Newcastle’s return to the Champions League is in danger of being a short one and their mixed form has seen Eddie Howe climb towards the upper echelons of our Next English Premier League Manager to Leave betting market.
An injury crisis is hampering the Magpies and they head into the international break sitting seventh in the Premier League table after suffering a 2-0 defeat at Bournemouth.
Newcastle’s Saudi owners will be expecting constant progress and a failure to build on last season’s fourth-place finish could cause Howe’s job to become the subject of speculation.
A few football hipsters were tipping Bournemouth to crack the top half of the table under Andoni Iraola, but the former Rayo Vallocano boss has struggled for results in the first few months of the campaign.
The new Cherries boss had to wait until the end of October for his maiden Premier League victory as his side battled to a 2-1 success against fellow strugglers Burnley on home soil.
Speculation was mounting over Iraola’s future but those three points – and a further victory against Newcastle – should have earned him a bit of breathing room.
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