A combination of terrace hatred and the nefarious schemes of David Gold and, the Pinky to his Brain, David Sullivan have jet-propelled Sam Allardyce to the head of the next manager to leave market.
It would seem that, after forcing a heap of unwanted players upon him, as well as undermining his authority by refusing to sell those he doesn’t want, anything short of a top-four finish is likely to cost the course and distance Premier League survivalist his job.
By popular demand, Allardyce is 2/1 to be the first top-flight boss relieved of his duties this season, but unless the @FatSamOut Twitter account come up with the £4m to cover his compensation as is the aim of their latest pace-gathering fundraising campaign (@connoisseur_bol says ‘you can count me in for £20’) it’s worth backing an outsider to get the chop before the Lord of Long Ball.
Here a trio of tacticians you’re more likely to spot at the Job Centre before Allardyce:
Alan Pardew – 8/1
Maligned on par with sizeable Sam, the savvy punter will be rolling Pardiola’s meaty price.
After overseeing 11 losses in the 16 games that followed Yohan Cabaye’s winter departure, a shoddy start to 2014/15 will almost certainly see the axe fall on the Newcastle gaffer, especially after a heavy outlay in the transfer market.
Nigel Pearson – 16/1
Guiding Leicester to the Championship crown will be quickly forgotten if the Foxes are loitering in the basement in when October comes around.
Each of the previous four bosses to conquer the second tier have lost their jobs during the very next season and Pearson’s chequered relationship with the club’s owners suggests they’ll not hesitate to show him the door should they cop a lungful of the sour scent of pending doom.
Alan Irvine – 6/1
The underwhelming nature of this appointment was epitomised by the West Brom board themselves, offering to refund unhappy supporters’ season tickets after unveiling the Premier League greenhorn.
Dissent from the terraces without a ball being kicked (a hymn sheet from which the Baggies’ decision makers are already singing from) suggests the Glaswegian’s shelf-life doesn’t extend beyond Christmas.