Bookies have suspended betting on Steve Bruce to become the Next Premier League Manager To Be Sacked following a miserable last gasp home to defeat to Wigan Athletic. A result which leaves the Black Cats 16th in the league with just one win from their last eight games. After the match Bruce reiterated that he has no intention of quiting but it is now looking less and less likely he will still be in charge for the trip to Wolves on Sunday. Meanwhile, Saturday's result will ease the pressure on Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, whose side collected their first league win since the end of August, halting a torrid run of eight straight defeats and a draw.
Sunderland have now only scraped together two home wins since New Year's Day, a shocking run that subjected Bruce to a torrid of abuse from many home supporters during and after the defeat to Wigan. The club's owners provided Bruce with a considerable amount of dosh in the summer as he splashed out over ?20m to bring in 10 new faces. Prospects were high as the club went into the new campaign looking to improve on last season's standing of 10th in the league. However, 13 matches in and the team simply haven't jelled, with Bruce's tactics and strategy leaving many fans frustrated. Sunderland have a couple of crunch matches coming up against fellow strugglers Wolves and Blackburn and if Bruce hasn't been axed before the weekend, he certainly will be in the next couple of weeks if the Black Cats fail to perform in these two games.
Remarkably there has yet to be a Premier League managerial casualty this season - the first time a manager hasn't been sacked before December this century. However, debate has already started on who will replace Bruce, with Martin O'Neill the early favourite with Stan James in the Next Sunderland Manager betting market. Other names in the frame include Rafa Benitez, Mark Hughes, Alan Curbishley and Carlo Ancelotti.
All odds provided by Stan James.