The Premier League’s managerial field looks fairly well set for the rest of the season after Gus Poyet’s departure from Sunderland, meaning there’s tidy profit potential in backing no more to leave their posts between now and May 24th at 8/13.
Leicester’s Nigel Pearson is first manager up in the market at 5/2 to receive his marching orders next, but the Foxes have been rooted to the bottom of the table since late November.
It seemed like owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was set to sack the former centre-half early last month, after Pearson’s rather scary pin-down of Crystal Palace’s James McArthur.
They’ve taken just two points from five Premier League games since that 1-0 home loss and still not sacked Pearson, so he looks fairly well insulated from the chop.
Sam Allardyce is next up at 7/2, with plentiful rumours going round in recent weeks that West Ham supremos David Sullivan and David Gold will sacrifice the survival expert on the altar of fancy football before long.
However, the Davids have only sacked one manager during a Premier League campaign during spells as co-chairmen of Birmingham and the Irons. That was Avram Grant on the second-last weekend of the 2010-11 season, after West Ham’s relegation was confirmed.
Based on that form, the eccentric duo are likely to give Big Sam some time to stew before taking the plunge.
Manuel Pellegrini will hold appeal for some at 9/1, as Manchester City got rid of Roberto Mancini before the end of their last potless season, after the scarf-sporting Italian had won the Premier League in the previous campaign.
Should City’s current nosedive result in them finishing outside the top four, an unthinkable prospect three months ago which has gained credibility due to the champions dropping 17 points from 13 games since, then Pellegrini’s position will be under threat.
You’d probably be better off just backing City to fall out of the Champions League places at 10/1 though.
QPR’s Chris Ramsey can be backed at 16/1 to be turfed out before the end of term, which still seems too short considering the ex-right-back has been given the job at Loftus Road for the rest of the campaign.
There’s no way Everton are going to fire 20/1 shot Roberto Martinez, who could yet oversee Champions League qualification through the Europa League. The Toffees are six points clear of the relegation zone after their 3-0 win over Newcastle at the weekend.
That brings us up to…Sunderland’s new boss Dick Advocaat at 20/1, such is the security currently seen to be enjoyed by the rest of the top-flight’s gaffers.