It took just over three month’s for then Sunderland boss Steve Bruce to become the first managerial casualty in the Premier League last season, whilst the dismissals of Neil Warnock and Mick McCarthy, from QPR and Wolves respectively, followed soon after. Chelsea dismissed Andre Villas Boas in March, while Alex McLeish and Kenny Dalglish were given their marching orders days after their respective clubs final games of the season.
With four defeats from four, it is perhaps unsurprising the Southampton’s Nigel Adkins leads the market for the first manager to leave his post this term, with Bodog offering the best odds of 3.25 (9/4).
Adkins will however fancy his team’s chances of picking up three points in their next game as Southampton host an Aston Villa side who have won just one league game on the road in 2012.
Joint second in the list is Andre Villas Boas, who has managed just one victory since taking control of Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, and Mark Hughes, whose Queen’s Park Rangers side lie in eighteenth place, with just two points taken from twelve available. Both can be backed at 9.0 (8/1) with William Hill, ahead of the two sides meeting at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.
Somewhat harshly, West Ham United’s Sam Allardyce is next in the list, at 13.0 (12/1) with Bodog, despite losing just once, and keeping three clean sheets in their opening four games, whilst Tony Pulis, whose Stoke City side have drawn all four of their league games thus far, is 15.0 (14/1) shot.
Next in line is Brendan Rodgers of Liverpool, who goes in to Sunday’s game against Manchester United yet to win in the league. The former Swansea manager is as short as 8/0 (7/1) with some bookmakers, though Bet Victor offer a much more generous price of 17.0 (16/1).
17.0 (16/1) is also the best price available for Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo to be the first to leave, whilst Chris Hughton and Paul Lambert, who both began their roles at Norwich City and Aston Villa respectively in the summer, are 26.0 (25/1) with Bet Victor.