Alan Pardew's Sack Race odds continue to shortenby Jack Kitson / 20 August 2013, 09:49Tweet
Newcastle suffered their heaviest away defeat in 25 years as their 2013/14 Premier League campaign got off to the worst possible start at the Etihad. The Magpies were torn apart by an electric Manchester City side who romped to a comprehensive 4-0 victory.
Newcastle certainly weren't helped by the absence of star midfielder Yohan Cabaye who didn’t face City following a bid from Arsenal earlier in the day, which significantly hampered the club's preparations. They now finish the opening week rock-bottom of the league, while City are flying high at the summit of the table.
The loss has instantly piled the pressure on Magpies boss Alan Pardew who already headed into the new season as the hot favourite in the Premier League Sack Race, and Monday's heavy defeat has seen Sky Bet slice his odds from 9/2 to just 6/4.
It is a simply staggering change of events for the 52-year-old who won the LMA Manager of the Year award in 2011/12. Furthermore it is remarkable to think that he is currently the second-longest serving manager in the top-flight, having only taken charge of Newcastle three years ago.
The calls for Pardew’s head will only grow louder if they fail to win either of their next two league games at St James’ Park. His position was thrown into doubt earlier this summer following the controversial appoint of Joe Kinnear as Director of Football. Pardew kept a dignified silence but as the pressure builds it will only be a matter of time before he boils over.
The Next Newcastle Manager Odds show that the former Brighton boss Gus Poyet is the early favourite at 6/4 with Sky Bet. Kinnear, who briefly managed the club during their ill fated 2008/09 campaign, is next in the running at 7/2, while the likes of Lee Clark, Steve McClaren and Harry Redknapp are also in the mix.
In contrast City and their new boss Manuel Pellegrini got off to a blistering start, with the Manchester club gunning to win back the top-flight title following a disappointing 2012/13 campaign. Their dazzling performance at the Etihad has seen the bookmakers install them as the outright favourites for glory, with Sky Bet pricing them at 7/4 to go all the way and win their second title in three years.