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Which manager will be sacked next? Premier League sack race odds 2021/22

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer
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At the start of every Premier League season, debate will rage about the first manager to be sacked - and Xisco Munoz took that dubious honour.

Some seasons will have more departures than others, with only four managers losing their job in the 2020/21 campaign but eight men moving on during the previous 12 months (not including close-season departures) and 13 either being sacked or leaving during 2017/18. 

Last season, it was West Bromwich Albion manager Slaven Bilic who ‘won’ the sack race, leaving The Hawthorns in December to be replaced by Sam Allardyce. The previous year, six men had parted ways with their clubs by the turn of the year, starting with Javi Gracia in September.

We’ve taken a closer look at the favourites to be sacked in the 2021/22 season. All odds are via Betfair.

1. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (1/3)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Manchester United were one of the favourites for the title at the start of this Premier League campaign - but their form has faded badly after a promising start.

A run of disappointing results, culminating in a 5-0 hammering by rivals Liverpool, has heaped pressure on incumbent boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has never truly won over the fanbase since his caretakership was made permanent in 2019. 

The investments that United have made not just in Ronaldo but Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho have increased expectations to a level that Solskjaer seems unable to live up to. His reign looks to be on borrowed time.

2. Daniel Farke - (7/2)

Daniel Farke

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Norwich City have shown little sign of progress since their last year in the Premier League and appear destined for an immediate return to the second tier.

Although their struggles are largely a reflection of the financial divide between the big hitters and the rest, Brentford are proving that it's possible to compete as a newly promoted side, increasing the scrutiny on Farke.

The Canaries 7-0 defeat to Chelsea was particularly worrying with goals proving so hard to come by at the other end. They've managed just two in nine games so far.

3. Claudio Ranieri (10/1)

Claudio Ranieri

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The newest face in a Premier League dugout is also one of the favourites to be next out - which just about sums up the structure at Watford.

Claudio Ranieri is a Premier League legend who achieved immortality at Leicester City, but during his last stint in England, he was tasked with keeping Fulham up and could barely get them motoring away from the drop - before being relieved of his duties.

As sensational as Liverpool were as they dismantled Watford 5-0 in the popular Italian's first game in charge, he looks to have a huge task ahead of him in terms of keeping the Hornets in the top flight - and history tells us that he might not get the time to complete it... 

4. Dean Smith (11/1)

Dean Smith

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Aston Villa were much improved last season, progressing from final-day survival to mid-table security under Dean Smith.

They had a hectic summer, with the departure of Jack Grealish for a British record £100million fee, and the challenge of replacing their captain's unrivalled creativity, which hasn't worked out so far.

Doubts have started to surface after a run of three consecutive defeats, including an embarrassing late collapse at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

=5. Nuno Espirito Santo (12/1)

Nuno Espirito Santo

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A run of three straight defeats in September - including a miserable 3-1 loss to Arsenal - saw Nuno Espirito Santo's feel-good factor dissipate after a solid start.

He may well only be a few months into his role, but the mood around the Tottenham fanbase seems divided on whether giving the former Wolves boss any more time in the hot seat would make much of a difference to Spurs' languid, shot-shy style. 

It would be a surprise to see Nuno sacked - but Daniel Levy is hardly the most forgiving of men, either. 

=5. Marcelo Bielsa (12/1)

Marcelo Bielsa

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Leeds United have struggled to build on a promising return to the Premier League, in large part because of horrendous injury problems, but the club's supporters adore Marcelo Bielsa as much as ever.

Although there's little prospect of the maverick Argentine manager being sacked, even if results continue to disappoint, he does have a history of walking out on jobs unexpectedly.

Key players like Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips and Luke Ayling have already spent several weeks on the sidelines and Bielsa will hope to have them back sooner rather than later to his side can start climbing the table.

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