Jose Mourinho has emerged as a surprise favourite to be the next top-flight manager to leave his post in bwin’s Premier League sack race odds.
The Manchester United boss has looked a forlorn figure during some press conferences on the Red Devils’ tour of America, especially after a 4-1 loss to Liverpool.
United made good progress in the Premier League last term, moving up from seventh to second, but ended the season without any silverware after an FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea.
Mourinho has since been frustrated by a lack of transfer activity and is just 7/1 to be the first managerial casualty of the new campaign.
“The players that we have bought, one is a goalkeeper cover, another one is a 19-year-old kid,” he commented.
“So, in fact, we have one new player, which is Fred, so of course our team is not going to be very different.”
High-profile disputes with players such as Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw raised question marks over the Special One’s Old Trafford reign last season.
Many supporters also voiced concerns over his negative tactics in big matches, especially away from home, and the jury is still out on whether he is suited to this position.
The Red Devils face a tricky start to the new campaign, hitting the road in three of their first five fixtures and facing dangerous opponents in Leicester and Tottenham at home.
However, it would still be a major surprise to see Mourinho part company with the richest club in the world at this point.
Gracia to be stung by Hornets?
The Spaniard did well when initially replacing Marco Silva in January but just one win and six defeats in the Hornets’ last nine games means he starts this term on the back foot.
Losing Richarlison in a big-money move to Everton was a blow and the recruits coming into Vicarage Road have done little to inspire confidence, so this is where our money is going!
Leicester are another team not noted for standing by their managers in times of trouble over the past few years, so Claude Puel is also among the front-runners at 7/1 in this market.
The Foxes finished last season with five losses in seven games and have already seen Riyad Mahrez jump ship to Manchester City this summer.
Newcastle have been handed arguably the toughest start of any team in the top flight, taking on Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in the first five rounds of fixtures.
Rafael Benitez seems to have had an uneasy relationship with the club’s board for some time now and 9/1 for him to make an early exit will also attract support from the Premier League sack race odds.
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