Martin Jol is the current favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave their club and Fulham’s five game winless run in the league means that is hardly a surprise, but at odds of 31/50 and little coming out of west London to suggest his departure is imminent, the former Tottenham boss is not an enticing betting prospect.
Newcastle’s Alan Pardew is second favourite at 3/1 in this market and after his side’s dreadful loss at Everton, he looks much better value to be packing his bags for southern climes soon.
The Magpies have now won just four of their last 15 Premier League games.
Last term’s flirtation with relegation saw Newcastle lose ten out of 12 matches at one point and they look ready to emulate that terrible run this season.
A trip to Cardiff is up next in the league followed by Liverpool at home, Sunderland away, Man City and Chelsea in quick succession at St James’ Park and then Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
In the first-half at Goodison Park Newcastle were mercilessly taken apart.
Two second-half consolation goals from French pair Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy may have made the scoreline look a little easier on the eye for Geordie fans, but the fact that Newcastle were 3-0 down before they had even got a shot off against the Toffees points to a deeper malaise in how they are set up.
Better teams than Pardew’s will be ripped apart by two-goal Romelu Lukaku this season, but few will go into the break three down against Everton and the former West Ham chief’s second-half substitution scramble to get his side among the goals betrayed the pressure he must currently be under in the north east.
Favourite Jol has relatively straightforward games coming up at Fulham.
The Fulham boss is reportedly hanging on for dear life at Craven Cottage after winning just once in the league this season, but if the Dutchman can make it to the weekend he has a real chance of turning things around.
Fulham take on Stoke – who have lost their last two league games and sit just two places above the Cottagers in the table – at home next and if they can win that fixture it’s Crystal Palace away in the following match, with Ian Holloway’s Eagles a point worse off than Jol’s Whites and seemingly there for the taking.