Although Sunderland’s 3-1 reverse at home to Norwich sent his price shrivelling, Dick Advocaat is not the best bet in bwin.com’s next Premier League manager to leave market.
The under-fire Dutchman is 6/4 favourite to be the first boss of the season out of a job, but Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino, at a weighty 12/1, is a far superior wager.
Muscling a route into the top four looks more difficult than ever for his Spurs side, who have seen their rivals invest heavily in what’s been a moderate summer of spending from their own perspective.
Missing out on the seasonal prerequisite for any Lilywhites helmsman for the second campaign on the spin would undoubtedly call his position into question, though his side’s stumbling out of the starter’s blocks this year is sure to hasten the process.
After surrendering to a 1-0 loss against an equally lacklustre Manchester United on the opening day, the north Londoners let a two-goal lead slip to draw with Stoke last time.
It may only be early in the offing, but these results have left Spurs five points behind Manchesters City and United, while Liverpool could also put an identical wedge between the clubs if they beat Bournemouth to conclude the match week two.
Failure to address fundamental deficiencies in attack have been key to their summer malaise, with Harry Kane (allegedly lacking match fitness according to his boss) the only recognised frontman selected for both matches thus far.
Neither injuries, nor suspensions are at fault for this dearth of strikers; Kane is Pochettino’s only line-leading option, with the exception of outcast Emmanuel Adebayor.
An apparent unwillingness to reinforce the frontline (Clinton Njie has been parachuted in from Lyon, but is best deployed out wide) suggests the Spurs wallet-wielders aren’t prepared to lend their full support to the Argentine tactician and should this poor form persist, the axe could feasibly be swung.
Showing bosses the door mid-autumn is something the Tottenham fat cats have form for too; Andre Villas-Boas was binned in December 2013, Juande Ramos bought it in October 2008, Martin Jol lost his job in October 2007 after taking over from sacked Jacques Santini in November 2004.