The winds of change were only blowing in one direction as far as the Premier League’s managerial sack race was concerned, with all eyes on Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce following their takeover but now that he is gone, who will be next?
Football has been up in arms since before the Magpies were bought out by a consortium fronted by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, which has made them one of the wealthiest clubs on the planet.
Mikel Arteta, for one, may be glad of the distraction considering it’s often him whose name is linked with an exit, though an improved run of form has also helped in that regard.
It wasn’t long ago the Spaniard looked closer than ever to being sacked after starting the Premier League campaign with three defeats and no goals, but Arsenal are now unbeaten in five across all competitions.
Betting reports suggested Bruce was headed for the St. James’ Park exit, tipped as 1/16 favourite (by UK bookmakers) to be the next manager fired in the English top flight before he was finally shoved.
Daily Cannon takes a look at the current landscape and just how long Arteta’s job may look safe, along with a host of Bet365 odds for UK based bettors to get more bang for your buck.
And speaking of bucks, the jury already appears to be out on whether Newcastle’s fresh owners will find a suitable manager to spend the new funds available to improve their squad.
It’s understandable why the northeast outfit desired a change with the club currently just two points off the bottom of the table.
It wasn’t long ago that Arteta was around those neck of the woods himself, but a surge in results just prior to the most recent international break has substantially improved matters.
In fact, the former Gunner has moved all the way out to 18/1 odds to be the next manager for the chop, having won three and drawn one across Arsenal’s last four top-flight games:
Confidence is growing that Arteta may in fact be the man to take the north Londoners forward, evidenced by the fact there were five managers who are more fancied to be fired next.
Of those, Bruce has already gone, but Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo and Bruno Lage—the man to replace him at Wolves—are each prominent figures in the pack behind.
Arsenal fans would surely find it sweet if 14/1 Nuno were to be sacked by local rivals Spurs, although it still seems to early for them to give up on the man they only hired in June.
Meanwhile, Claudio Ranieri is a 16/1 outside shot to be given the heave-ho next despite the fact he’s yet to even make his debut in the Watford dugout.
The Italian—who lifted the Premier League title as Leicester City manager in 2016—replaced Xisco Munoz after he was sacked in the first week of October, hoping to replicate his fairytale at Vicarage Road.
All is going smoothly at present for Arteta & Co, but it may not be long before those winds change once again, with the Spaniard always seemingly one bad run from the brink….
Next Premier League manager to be sacked – Odds Leaders
|Nuno Espirito Santo||14/1|
|Ole Gunnar Solskjaer||18/1|