Slaven Bilic Cut For The Chop Following West Ham's Abject FA Cup Exit
A busy festive period in the Premier League proved the undoing of several managers as Alan Pardew, Bob Bradley and Mike Phelan collected their P45s during the past month and there are a few other bosses sweating on their positions.
We take a look at the top-five in the next manager to be sacked betting market...
Walter Mazzarri (Watford) - 13/8
Walter Mazzarri had moved into 5/6 favouritism to be sacked next after watching his Watford team go winless in five league outings (drawn one, lost four). Their return of one point from a possible fifteen on offer has been abject but the FA Cup could yet prove to be Mazzarri's saviour.
The Hornets have reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup on three occasions since 2003, including last year's last-four effort. Something similar could keep Mazzarri in a job until the summer, although he is still the 13/8 favourite for the chop (Sky Bet) after Watford bought him some time with a much-needed 2-0 win over Burton Albion in the third round on Saturday.
Slaven Bilic (West Ham) - 3/1
West Ham had appeared to turn a corner by picking up three wins in a row over Christmas but a 1-0 defeat to Leicester was followed by a controversial 2-0 loss against Manchester United and they have since exited the FA Cup in embarrassing fashion.
The Hammers were thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City on home soil in the FA Cup on Friday night and it was a truly humiliating experience for Slaven Bilic as his team could barely rouse themselves from a jog.
Bilic was swiftly slashed in from 14/1 to 3/1 in the 'sack race' by Paddy Power and the result also had a knock-on effect for West Ham, who went from 20/1 to 16/1 to be relegated from the Premier League (Sky Bet).
Claude Puel (Southampton) - 9/1
It is remarkable to think that Claude Puel had been as long as 33/1 to be next managed sacked at the end of December but he is now as short as 9/1 (SkyBet.com). Southampton have endured a tough four weeks or so as they crashed out of the Europa League and their league form has taken a hit, with the Saints losing three matches in a row since winning the South Coast derby against Bournemouth.
Puel faces a defining month in January as Southampton meet Liverpool in the EFL Cup semi-finals and much may depend on the outcome of their FA Cup third round replay with Norwich.
David Moyes (Sunderland) - 11/1
David Moyes faces a desperately difficult task at Sunderland as he is constrained by a woefully inept squad and a lack of funds to buy new players. A 4-1 loss at fellow relegation candidates Burnley was a hammer blow that saw Moyes odds of being sacked contract but his team responded in the best possible way as they earned a 2-2 draw against Liverpool.
The weekend's goalless draw with Burnley in the FA Cup offered Moyes further respite and the Scot is now 11/1 to be sacked next.
Aitor Karanka (Middlesbrough) - 14/1
Finally, Aitor Karanka has done a decent enough job during Middlesbrough's first season back in the Premier League but a lack of goals ensures they remain in the relegation battle. Karanka has tried to rectify the lack of attacking threat by signing Rudy Gestede after watching his team win just one of their past six league outings, with Karanka currently 14/1 to be sacked next.
Next Manager To Be Sacked Odds
*Odds correct as of 19th Feb, 08:15. Odds are subject to change.
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