Sam Allardyce remains the Premier League Sack Race favourite ahead of the new seasonby Jack Kitson / 13 August 2014, 09:50Tweet
Sam Allardyce remains the favourite (11/8 with Paddy Power) in the Premier League Sack Race as we head into the new season this weekend. The West Ham boss replaced West Brom’s Alan Irvine at the top of the betting towards the end of July following a dispute with the club’s co-owners over transfer policy and the future of Ravel Morrison. However, "Big Sam" is still in charge of the Iron, for now, although he knows that a wobbly start to the 2014/15 campaign could see him become the first top-flight boss to bite the dust.
According to reports Allardyce has 10 games to prove himself in the dugout, with the former Bolton bosss under strict instructions to stray away from his preferred direct tactics and instead employ an attacking style of football at Upton Park.
The 59-year-old has so far managed to lure over Ecuador’s World Cup star Enner Valencia, while fellow new boys Diego Poyet and Cheikhou Kouyate are also exciting prospects. However, it remains to be seen whether Allardyce can not only transform the club’s philosophy - whilst still carving out results - but also appease both the owners and supporters.
Who Will Be The First Manager To Exit?
Elsewhere Paul Lambert (13/2 Paddy’s) is another manager under pressure heading into the new season. The Aston Villa manager has endured two disappointing campaigns in charge the Midlands club, and only time will tell if his decision to bring in Roy Keane as his assistant is a masterstroke or an act of desperation. Meanwhile up in the North East Alan Pardew catches the eye at 12/1 with Bet Victor, while Gus Poyet is a 25/1 long shot.
Coral provide odds of 3/1 for a top-flight manager to leave in August, while Betfair have odds of 9/4 for 11 or more gaffers to depart for the second successive season.