Alan Irvine is beginning to resemble a dead man walking at the Hawthorns following West Brom’s seventh loss in nine games away to Stoke, and with bwin.com going 4/7 about the Alistair Darling-alike being the next Premier League boss to leave his post, it’s clear the bookies agree.
However, there’s at least one among Irvine’s relegation-threatened managerial brethren who seems in just as perilous a position as the Glaswegian.
Steve Bruce is a whopping 9/1 to go next, a price that looks out of this world considering Hull’s dreadful form and upcoming fixtures.
The ex-Birmingham and Wigan gaffer managed to muster enough effort from his troops to see off another of Bruce’s former employers, Sunderland, last time out on the road, but the Tigers are a place below West Brom after a truly rotten run of results.
Bruce’s boys secured just four points from ten (yes, ten!) Premier League games prior to the Stadium of Light success, with no wins gained during that sequence.
Indeed, Hull haven’t won at home since beating Crystal Palace at the start of October, losing four out of five including against rock-bottom Leicester over the weekend, who are now just three points behind the Humbersiders.
Worse looks yet to come, with the crooked-nosed former Manchester United captain and his team faced with an Everton outfit desperate for points themselves at the KC Stadium on New Year’s Day, then Arsenal in the FA Cup third round.
Trips to high-flyers West Ham and Manchester City come before mid-February, as well as the visit of Newcastle, who are moving in exactly the opposite direction to Hull at present.
Before that, a trip to West Brom is in store after the cup clash at the Emirates. If Irvine and Bruce are still in situ by then, we could be looking at a shoot-out.