Alan Irvine early favourite in the 2014/15 Premier League Sack Race

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 30 June 2014, 10:05

Alan IrvineFootball fans are currently engrossed in what has so far been an enthralling World Cup in Brazil. However the Saturday 16 August will be firmly stamped in the diary, as it is the date that the eagerly anticipated 2014/15 Premier League season explodes into action. The excitement is building with the Premier League Sack Race Odds now back up and running, courtesy of Bet Victor, who have installed West Brom boss Alan Irvine as the early 3/1 favourite to be the first manager to depart, while the likes of Alan Pardew, Sam Allardyce and Harry Redknapp all feature at this stage.

It is unlikely that the upcoming campaign will see an early as departure as last season when Paolo Di Canio lost his job at Sunderland after just five games, with the Italian remarkably one of 10 managerial changes made through the campaign, while the likes of Spurs, Southampton and West Brom have since made summer changes.

The Baggies caused a huge shock in mid-June when they opted to appoint Irvine as their new boss, a decision which stunned supporters as the Scot’s only previous experience were unimpressive spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Preston. Albion face Sunderland at the Hawthorns in their opening game, before travelling to Southampton and then Swansea in August. Irvine will no doubt be dreading the four-week spell in September/October when his side face Everton, Tottenham, Liverpool and Man Utd, which will test him to the maximum.

Next in the running are Pardew and Allardyce at 6/1. Both managers were fortunate to hold onto their jobs last season, and despite each being assured of their position, they head into the new season under pressure. QPR boss Redknapp can be found at the same price, while Villa gaffer Paul Lambert is definitely worth keeping an eye on at 12/1. Further afield Louis van Gaal is at the bottom of the pile as a 33/1 long shot to suffer the sack first.

Elsewhere Manuel Pellegrini has emerged as the 9/4 favourite (Sky Bet) to win the coveted LMA Manager of the Year award, followed by Jose Mourinho at 3/1, and Brendan Rodgers at 5/1.

Premier League Sack Race Odds

3/1 Alan Irvine
6/1 Alan Pardew
6/1 Sam Allardyce
6/1 Harry Redknapp
12/1 Paul Lambert
14/1 Garry Monk
16/1 Nigel Pearson
16/1 Ronald Koeman
25/1 Gus Poyet
25/1 Mauricio Pochettino
25/1 Roberto Martinez
25/1 Steve Bruce
25/1 Tony Pulis
25/1 Sean Dyche
33/1 Arsene Wenger
33/1 Jose Mourinho
33/1 Manuel Pellegrini
33/1 Mark Hughes
33/1 Brendan Rodgers
33/1 Louis van Gaal

(Odds courtesy of Bet Victor)

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