Paolo Di Canio may have been the first manager past the post, but the Premier League sack race still rumbles on.
The next set of under pressure bosses are wearily hopping their way to the finish line, and defeat to early relegation rivals Fulham in their next game looks likely to secure Crystal Palace’s Ian Holloway the silver medal.
The fact that Holloway’s 6/1 odds to be the next man to go are industry-leading makes taking a punt on his woe with bwin all the more appealing.
Fulham enjoy a better head-to-head record
The Cottagers are already four points ahead of Palace in the relegation stakes and a win would leave Holloway’s side cut adrift of the pack they’re chasing after a mere eight games. It only took Sunderland six games to realise that urgent changes needed to be made and Palace are likely to be no different as the gap between them and survival grows.
A Palace win against Fulham certainly doesn’t look likely given that their riverside rivals have won four of the past five meetings between the sides. Four straight league defeats hardly has the Eagles playing with flowing confidence either.
Holloway has already been given the dreaded vote of confidence
Before Palace’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, their joint-chairman Steve Parish gave his manager the ultimate indication that his time in the dugout is coming to a guillotined end, by issuing the dreaded vote of confidence.
It is common knowledge that such votes are now just the first stage in the managerial dismissal routine and should have backers rushing to get on Holloway’s absurdly bumper price before it’s too late.
Martin Jol, Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew all sit at shorter prices than the former Blackpool boss to be next to pack up their desk, yet have at least four more points than Holloway.
His record inspires little confidence
Holloway has tried his hand at Premier League management before, taking Blackpool back down to the Championship in 2010/11.
During that season the Tangerines won 10 games and only missed out on safety by a point, but his failure to keep that side in the division will only count against him when the Eagles bigwigs come to weigh up his credentials for the remainder of the campaign.