Sack Race explodes during crazy weekend

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 02 December 2013, 10:04

It proved to be a hectic weekend in the Sack Race, with four managers losing their jobs. Championship basement club Barnsley kicked proceedings off on Saturday when they sent David Flitcroft packing following a 3-0 defeat at home to Birmingham. The following day the second-tier also witnessed the dismissal of Dave Jones (Sheffield Wednesday) after a run of just one win in 16 games, while Wigan have now officially axed Owen Coyle.

Saturday's woeful 3-0 defeat at West Ham proved to be the final game in charge for Martin Jol who was finally given his marching orders by Fulham chairman, Shahid Khan. The billionaire has subsequently wasted no time in naming Rene Meulensteen as Jol's replacement in the dugout.

Below we take a look at each departure, as well as providing the Next Manager Odds for the three managerless Championship clubs.

Fulham switch Martin Jol for Rene Meulensteen

Martin JolA sixth successive defeat proved to be the final straw for Shahid Khan who sacked the under-fire Martin Jol after Fulham meekly went down 3-0 away to London rivals West Ham. The Dutchman had been under immense pressure in recent weeks, with the Cottagers losing five straight games in the league, along with a defeat to Championship side Leicester in the Capital One Cup.

As expected Khan has replaced Jol with head coach Rene Meulensteen who will now be tasked with keeping the struggling club, who are currently 18th, in the top-flight. The former Man Utd coach faces Tottenham at home on Wednesday in his first game, with the Cottagers available at 9/2 with Bet Victor to conjure up their first victory since mid-October.

Sheffield Wednesday axe Dave Jones

Dave JonesDave Jones lost his job at Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday following a run of three consecutive defeats, which leaves the Championship side joint-bottom of the table with Barnsley. The Owls have remarkably won just once in the league since April, with supporters having to wait until the start of November for that sole victory.

The Next Sheffield Wednesday Manager Odds are now up and running and is predictably tight at this stage. Former England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce has been installed as the early frontrunner, while the likes of Michal Appleton, Paolo Di Canio, Neil Warnock and Owen Coyle are all in the mix.

Barnsley dismiss David Flitcroft

David FlitcroftThe sacking that sparked a flurry of other departures. On Saturday evening Barnsley dismissed David Flitcroft straight after their shocking 3-0 defeat at home to Birmingham, which extended their winless run to five games. Just two wins all season leaves the Tykes rock-bottom of the Championship with only 11 points from 17 games.

The Next Barnsley Manager Market currently has Danny Wilson as the favourite to replace Flitcroft. Other contenders include Mick Mellon, Neil Redfearn, Michael Appleton and Chris Wilder.

Wigan sack Owen Coyle

Owen CoyleOn Sunday evening reports erupted that Wigan had lost patience with boss Owen Coyle after a fans revolt in the aftermath of their 3-1 defeat at home to Derby. The club remained tight lipped up until Monday morning when they revealed that Coyle had in fact been sacked. Three consecutive home defeats (two in the league and one in the Europa League) has clearly incensed Latics supporters who now find their club down in 14th and six points adrift of the play-offs.

Coyle was only appointed during the summer but owner Dave Whelan has opted to make a change up in order to get the club’s promotion prospects back on track. Ian Holloway and Mike Phelan lead the list of potential replacements in the Next Wigan Manager Market, with Paul Jewell, Graeme Jones and Karl Robinson also featuring.

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