Steve Bruce on tenterhooks following dismal runby Jack Kitson / 06 April 2011, 09:19
The Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is desperately searching for a win to put an end to his side's woeful run and to erase fears that he is in line for the chop. The pressure on Bruce is mounting by the day following Sunderland's abject performances, which has seen them slip from 5th to 12th in the table. The Black Cat's recent slump was unimaginable back in January when they were chasing European qualification. Since their 2-1 win at Blackpool they have been winless in their last seven games, losing six, and have failed to hit the back of the net in their last four matches. As we hit the business end of the season this is definitely not a good time to be off form.
Sunderland have now slipped to 12th position in the league, just six points above the relegation zone. They host West Brom on Saturday in what would have been viewed as a routine win but due to unforeseen circumstances has rapidly transformed into a must win game. West Brom are fighting for their lives at the moment, and proved that with a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Liverpool last Saturday, whilst on the Sunday sorry Sunderland were being thumped 5-0 by Manchester City.
At the moment Victor Chandler have Steve Bruce at odds of 8/1 to not be Sunderland manager come 22nd May and 20/1 to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked. However, if Sunderland were to lose at home to West Brom on Saturday these odds could be dramatically slashed as the club would become embroiled in a relegation scrap.
Victor Chandler have Sunderland at evens to win at the weekend, with West Brom outsiders at 13/5, and a draw 23/10.