Brighton boss Chris Hughton surprise favourite in the Premier League Sack Raceby Jack Kitson / 07 July 2017, 10:56Tweet
It’s that time of year again, as bookmakers release the Premier League Sack Race odds for the upcoming season.
Bet Victor have today (Friday) propelled open the market, meaning each of the 20 2017/18 Premier League managers will be nervously scanning down the list in order to discover what price they’ve been handed, as the anticipation for the upcoming season significantly hots up.
The 2016/17 campaign saw Swansea's Francesco Guidolin become the first managerial casualty in early October, the same month in which Dick Advocaat departed Sunderland in 2015/16, while back in 2014/15 we had to wait until just after Christmas for the first Sack Race victim: Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock.
It’s fair to say that few would have expected Brighton boss Chris Hughton to be the early 5/1 favourite for the sack in this season's market. Hughton is a legend amongst the Seagulls faithful after he became the first manager to lead the south coast up to the Promised Land that is the Premier League.
Brighton aren’t even the favourites for the drop back down to the Championship, instead the club is priced at 6/5 behind Huddersfield and Burnley, however bookmakers Bet Victor obviously feel that Hughton is the man to watch in the Sack Race, especially should his troops stumble out of the blocks.
At various points last season Slaven Bilic (6/1) came under real pressure at West Ham, with a number of people predicting a summer switch in the Hammers dugout.
In stark contrast it’s been relatively quiet over in East London with Bilic remaining in his post. But, a West Ham incumbent is only ever a couple of games away from feeling the heat, and with a tricky trio of opening games against Man Utd, Southampton and Newcastle, the Croatian is definitely worth keeping an eye on.
Other gaffers who feature in the top echelons of the Sack Race, include Rafa Benitez (6/1), who led Newcastle to an instant return to the Premier League, Sean Dyche (Burnley) who was hotly linked with a move to Crystal Palace, and the new Watford boss Marco Silva (8/1).
Frank de Boer (Crystal Palace) and Mauricio Pellegrino (Southampton) may only have joined their respective clubs in the last couple of weeks, but they can be backed at just 14/1 and 16/1.
Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea is always in the headlines, but bookmakers don’t rate his chances of leaving as very high, with the Italian out at 33/1 to be the first manager to be booted out of his hotseat, while fellow big guns Mauricio Pochettino, Arsene Wenger, Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are all unsurprisingly long shots for the chop.