Premier League: Sack Race

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The Premier League is set for the big kick-off this weekend, and already the world of football is abuzz with discussions over which manager might get the sack first this season.

Regarded as one of the most competitive markets in the betting world, punters always struggle to work out whether it’s newly promoted managers or well-established bosses who could be in line for the chop first.

For the bookmakers, they usually play it safe with a new boss at the top of the market, and that’s the case again this season with Southampton manager Nigel Adkins the shortest price at 4/1.

New West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke is next on the list, with the unfancied Baggies chief available at 6/1. The former Chelsea and Liverpool has good experience behind the scenes, but this is his first real chance at a top job.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce (7/1) and Swansea City chief Michael Laudrup (8/1) are next on the list, before the first ‘big’ name in the shape of Chelsea chief Roberto Di Matteo (12/1).

The Italian got the job after leading the Blues to Champions League and FA Cup glory, but the football public remains unsure if the former midfielder is Roman Abramovich’s top choice.

At the bottom end of the market, legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is priced at 66/1, with Roberto Mancini (50/1) and Arsene Wenger (40/1) next on the list.

New Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is priced at 25/1, whilst Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is an even shorter 20/1 to get the chop from owners FSG first this season.

Other notable names in the frame to be sacked first include Reading boss Brian McDermott at 16/1, with Norwich City chief Chris Hughton at 20/1, and Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert at 28/1.

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