Who'll be the First Championship Managerial Casualty fo the new Season?

Steve Claridge by Steve Claridge / 06 August 2010, 12:14

The new football season is barely underway and already bookmakers are taking bets on which Championship manager will be the first to get the sack. Most fans associate the start of a new season as a time for optimism and many will have a couple of quid on their team getting promoted but the fact that both Coral and Victor Chandlerhave already chalked up the odds on who will get the axe shows just how popular betting on next managers to be sacked has become!

Nottingham Forest manager, Billy Davies, is the clear favourite with Coral to be the next manager in the Championship to leave their post at 9/2 and following a summer of no incoming transfers at the City Ground and continued rumours of unsettled relations between Davies and the board anything less than a flying start for Forest may see the two part company.

Victor Chandler, who sponsor Nottingham Forest's shirt, thus may be better informed take a different view and make Davies an 8/1 chance to be the first to leave, putting Malky Mackay (4/1) and Kevin Blackwell (5/1) at the head of the betting. Mackay is just beginning his second season in charge at Watford and with the lack of funds at his disposal, it would be harsh to see him sacked early on in the season. Equally, Blackwell at Sheffield United has not had huge amounts to spend in the close season but the Blades should be equipped to make a solid start to the season and an early departure seems unlikely at Bramall Lane.

One manager who is sure to be under pressure to start the season well is Burnley's Brian Laws, who had a baptism of fire when taking over the Turf Moor club in the Premier League last season which saw fans calling for his sacking at the end of the season. The Burnley board gave him the dreaded vote of confidence following relegation but anything less than a promotion push from the outset could see the former Sheffield Wednesday manager under pressure and he knows all too well about that following his dismissal from Hillsbrough less than twleve months ago and could be a good bet at 10/1.

Other managers who must prove their worth include Nigel Clough at Derby County, Roy Keane at Ipswich and Gordon Strachan at Middlesborough.


Next Championship Manager to leave Odds
Billy Davies 9/2
Kevin Blackwell 10/1
Malky Mackay 10/1
Brian Laws 10/1
Roy Keane 10/1
Brian McDermott 10/1
Steve Cotterill 16/1
Aidy boothroyd 16/1
Nigel Clough 16/1
Neil Warnock 20/1
Nigel Adkins 20/1
Paul Lambert 20/1
Brendan Rodgers 20/1
Dave Jones 20/1
George Burley 20/1
Gordon Strachan 20/1
Paulo Sousa 25/1
Steve Coppell 25/1
Darren Ferguson 25/1
Simon Grayson 25/1
Nigel Pearson 25/1
Kenny Jackett 33/1
Sean O'Driscoll 33/1
Mark Robins 33/1
Odds supplied by Coral

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