Bob Peeters and Stuart Pearce top the Championship Sack Raceby Jack Kitson / 06 January 2015, 14:49Tweet
The ever-changing Championship Sack Race swallowed up its 15th victim of the season on Monday after Neil Adams departed Norwich City, despite the Canaries being only one place adrift of the play-offs. Adams was previously a 20/1 long shot to lose his job, which perfectly highlights the unpredictable nature of the frenetic market.
This upcoming weekend the Championship takes to the stage for the first time in 2015 for the 24th round of matches. The latest odds reveal that two managers - Nottingham Forest's Stuart Pearce and Charlton's Bob Peeters - head into the fixtures under-fire, with both gaffers handed odds of 3/1 to be the next second-tier boss to be hurled out of the exit door.
Stuart Pearce (Nottingham Forest)
Stuart Pearce has been under pressure for some time now. The Nottingham Forest gaffer has watched helplessly as his side have scraped together just two wins from their last 19 league and cup matches dating back to mid-September. The club registered those wins back-to-back at the end of November, which proved to be only a mini-revival, as they are since winless in seven (3D 4L), which includes a shocking FA Cup exit at the hands of League One Rochdale last weekend.
The devastating defeat has left Pearce in a very vulnerable position, and considering the flurry of managers who have come in-and-out of the City Ground in recent times, the former England U-21 boss has reason to be anxious. The 52-year-old desperately needs to motivate his under-performing troops, who have slumped from the summit down to 11th, otherwise he could rapidly become the latest Championship casualty.
Bob Peeters (Charlton)
Just over a week ago Peeters was a 40/1 long shot to be the next manager to suffer the sack, however back-to-back defeats to Ipswich (league) and Blackburn (cup) have piled the pressure on his shoulders, as the club's winless streak has extended to eight games.
Charlton's current stagnation is in stark contrast to the fine form they enjoyed under the Belgian (who only took charge in May) at the start of the season, with the Addicks enjoying an unbeaten 11 game start to the campaign. However, since their run came to an end the Londoners have only carved out two wins from a dozen league games, which has seen them freefall down to 13th, nine points adrift of the play-offs. Peeters, who should be given time to get his troops firing again, is therefore feeling the heat as Charlton prepare for Saturday's match at home to struggling Brighton.
In hot pursuit of the above duo is Millwall manager Ian Holloway who can currently be found at 5/1. Leeds gaffer Neil Redfearn is next in the running at 8/1, while Derby's Steve McClaren has seen his odds slashed from 66/1 down to 12/1 after emerging as the favourite to become the Next Newcastle Manager.