Unfortunately for modern managers, the Premier League is not renowned for its patience or graciousness.
After all, this is a division which witnessed a club sack a boss just four games into a new season (sorry for the reminder Frank de Boer).
The 2020/21 season isn’t even a complete gameweek old, yet already a trio of gaffers have seen their odds tumble in the dreaded next Premier League manager to leave market.
The identity of one of those managers won’t be a huge shock; poor old David Moyes who headed into the opening weekend as the new favourite to be ejected first, having replaced Roy Hodgson at the top of the betting.
In the build-up to the Newcastle clash a combination of the surprise departure of Grady Diangana, Mark Noble’s honest tweet and no new incomings (to date) brought back a wave of negativity, which only worsened on Saturday night following the club’s insipid performance in a 2-0 defeat at home to Steve Bruce’s men.
Moyes has since seen his odds cut from 7/2 to 2/1 and while a lot of the fan frustration is being directed at the owners, West Ham’s lack of spark and cohesion on the field will have raised concerns and jangled nerves ahead of a daunting run of matches against Arsenal, Wolves, Leicester, Tottenham, Man City and Liverpool.
Saturday also saw the Premier League return of Fulham, led by their play-off winning manager Scott Parker. Unfortunately it wasn’t a pleasant comeback as the Cottagers were eclipsed by Arsenal in the first match of the new season.
While losing to Mikel Arteta’s rejuvenated side is no cause for alarm - since July the Spaniard has beaten the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard - Parker’s comments in his post-match interview wouldn’t have appeased too many fans.
A deflated Parker stated that his side will lose more games than they’ll win this season, and while that’s probably true, it’s not something supporters want to hear at the start of a new term especially given the optimism conjured up from their promotion.
As a relatively new manager, hopefully Parker will be given time to adjust and, in turn, make his mark in the Premier League.
However, he’s at a club that have sacked two managers in each of their last two top-flight campaigns, so time is of the essence - the 39-year-old has since been cut from 10/1 to 4/1 in the betting.
Jose Mourinho was the first Premier League manager to leave in 2007/08
As for Jose Mourinho, he was the first victim of the Sack Race towards the start of the 2007/08 season when he exited Chelsea after three years at the helm. Could we see a repeat this term but at a different London club?
The timing - before the current campaign kicked-off - of the first six episodes of Spurs’ ‘All Or Nothing’ documentary looked perfect for Mourinho, who is typically captivating in the series; oozing buckets of charm, passion and ego.
However, this - potentially PA churned - positivity turned sour on Sunday after Tottenham put in a lethargic display in a poor 1-0 loss at home to Everton.
Mourinho blamed the position of the free-kick for the defeat, but even the most optimistic of fans will have been let down by the display of the players. There was no bite or urgency from Spurs who offered little in the final third.
It’s early days of course but Spurs will need to click into gear sharpish given their congested fixture pile-up, with Mourinho himself now priced at 8/1 - in from 16/1 - to be the first managerial casualty of the campaign, again.