The Premier League sack race odds always attract plenty of interest and this market is sure to be volatile again in the early months of the new season.
Just three clubs will start the 2017/18 campaign with fresh faces at the helm; Marco Silva moving to Watford, Frank de Boer joining Crystal Palace and Southampton appointing Mauricio Pellegrino.
It will be a surprise to us if any of that trio is the first top-flight boss to leave his post this term, even though the Eagles do have past history of pulling the trigger sooner rather than later when things are going wrong.
Mike Ashley usually has too much on his plate elsewhere to make any rash decisions at Newcastle, so we are also marking Rafael Benitez down as poor value at 7/2 favourite.
Instead, we’ve picked out our best bets to be shown the exit door or call it quits first, with their Premier League sack race odds listed alongside:
CRAIG SHAKESPEARE Leicester 8/1
The 53-year-old stepped up from being number two at King Power Stadium in controversial circumstances, with Claudio Ranieri dismissed just nine months after leading the Foxes to that famous title triumph.
If the club’s Thai owners can wield the axe on such a beloved figure, the natural conclusion is that they won’t think twice about giving his little-known successor the chop.
Admittedly, Shakespeare enjoyed a honeymoon period in the hotseat, winning his first six matches, but closing with a 6-1 home loss to Spurs and then a draw against Bournemouth left a sour taste.
The new campaign sees City face Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool in the first six rounds of fixtures, so the pressure could be on when the first casualty invariably comes in early October.
SLAVEN BILIC West Ham 9/2
The Croatian finished last term under a cloud after only securing seven home wins during a campaign marred by the Dimitri Payet saga.
Bilic discussed his future with the board at the end of May and received a vote of confidence, but he still only has one year left to go on his current contract.
High-profile recruits Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez, Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart improve his chances of being more successful this season, but they also raise expectation levels.
With the Athletics World Championships being staged at London Stadium, the Hammers start off with three away games at Manchester United, Southampton and Newcastle, so getting a flyer will be tough.
PAUL CLEMENT Swansea 14/1
Those looking for bigger odds could do worse than backing Clement to go from hero to zero at Liberty Stadium, as the Welsh outfit weren’t slow to get rid of club stalwart Garry Monk a couple of seasons ago.
Francesco Guidolin was first to go last term and Bob Bradley hardly had time to get his nameplate on the door before being moved on.
Former Real Madrid assistant Clement led the Swans to safety with four wins and a draw in the last five matches and that will obviously buy him some time.
However, relations could be strained if Gylfi Sigurdsson is allowed to leave and City are not blessed with too much quality elsewhere.
2016/17 managerial changes
Francesco Guidolin Swansea October 3
Alan Pardew Crystal Palace December 22
Bob Bradley Swansea December 27
Mike Phelan Hull January 3
Claudio Ranieri Leicester February 23
Aitor Karanka Middlesbrough March 16
2015/16 managerial changes
Dick Advocaat Sunderland October 4
Brendan Rodgers Liverpool October 4
Tim Sherwood Aston Villa October 25
Garry Monk Swansea December 9
Jose Mourinho Chelsea December 17
Steve McClaren Newcastle March 11
Remi Garde Aston Villa March 29
Roberto Martinez Everton May 12
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