Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer favourite for the sackby Jack Kitson / 21 August 2017, 10:31Tweet
Frank de Boer has only overseen two, yes two, Premier League games since replacing Sam Allardyce in June, but already the Dutchman finds himself as the 2/1 favourite for the sack. That's English football for you.
De Boer infamously managed only 14 games in 85 days during a bleak spell with Inter Milan in his last job in the managerial arena, but if his stuttering start to life at Palace continues he could well have another tenure cut short.
Up next for the Eagles is a potential tricky EFL Cup clash against Mick McCarthy’s Championship high-flyers Ipswich, followed by what De Boer would no doubt consider winnable league games against Swansea and Burnley.
However, the 47-year-old is by no means the only top-flight boss feeling the heat at this early stage of the season, with Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez (3/1) and West Ham’s Slaven Bilic (4/1) also pointless and under-fire in the dreaded Sack Race.
Benitez has cut a frustrated figure in the dugout during the Toon’s opening two games, both of which have ended in defeat, with zero goals scored.
The Spaniard, who has a strained relationship with owner Mike Ashley, is fuming with how the transfer window has played out so far, while he admitted that the Premier League has “come too soon” for his side.
On top of that he's even had Joey Barton digging him out:
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West Ham were many people’s “surprise package” pick for this season following a busy summer of signings, during which Bilic snapped up the likes of Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic, Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta.
However, it’s not all gone to plan in East London. In their season-opener West Ham were hammered 4-0 by Man Utd, then despite making a spirited comeback from 2-0 down to 2-2, they lost to Southampton in injury-time, a result which leaves the Iron rock-bottom of the table.
Bilic now faces what is already a crunch clash against Benitez’s Newcastle on Saturday in a match both gaffers desperately need to win in to avoid further condemnation at this early stage in the season.
One manager who has rubbished rumours he’s under-fire is Mark Hughes (9/1) who led Stoke to a 1-0 win over Arsenal, meaning he’s now won six, drawn three and lost only one of his home games against old foe Arsene Wenger.
Mark Hughes' record at home to Arsene Wenger:— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) August 19, 2017
Meanwhile, at the other end of the scale we have managers David Wagner (Huddersfield) and Tony Pulis (West Brom) who are both loving life in 2nd and 3rd respectively, after each taking maximum points from their opening two games.