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The Premier League managers who are favourites to be given the sack

Tom Dunstan in Editorial, English Premier League 16 Oct 2020

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While Premier League managers might be preparing for the top-flights return after the international break, it has been a far from ideal start for many coaches up and down the country.

With the Premier League’s transfer window slamming shut last week and now having to make do with what they have at their disposal, the bookmakers have already drawn up who are the favourites to be given the chop first.

So, who are the three Premier League bosses who should already be fearing their position in the dugout?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – Manchester United

Putting in what will long be remembered as a famous collapse at Old Trafford prior to the international break, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finds his position under real scrutiny after watching his side get hit for six against Spurs earlier in the month.

With many around the red half of Manchester questioning whether their former striker is the man to lead them back to the promise land, United have picked up just a single win from their opening three top-flight appearances and have continued to show a string or worrying issues at the back.

With many including club icon Gary Neville more than open about what was a lackluster summer transfer window for the former champions, United seem a million miles off from any kind of title charge and rumours circle about an uneasy atmosphere in their dressing room.

Ahead of a showdown against Newcastle on the Premier League’s return this weekend, Solskjaer is already the bookies’ favourite to be the first manager gone and can be found priced at 2/1 with 888sport.

Scott Parker – Fulham

While there might have been a real party atmosphere in Fulham’s camp as they got one over on West London rivals Brentford in the Championship’s play-off final back in August, it has been a hugely worrying step up in class for the Cottagers.

Last seen on Premier League duties getting hit with a 1-0 defeat away at Wolves earlier in the month, Scott Parker’s men have lost all four of their top-flight appearance since marking their return and they’re almost universally seen to be an early-season relegation contender.

Also watching Brentford gain some level of revenge as Fulham slumped to a 3-0 drumming on EFL Cup duties on their travels, fans around Craven Cottage are skeptical whether someone as inexperienced as Parker can help them extend on their Premier League status.

With chairman Tony Khan already discussing his displeasure at Fulham’s start to the season, Parker is priced at 3/1 with Betfair to be the first man shown the exit.

Sean Dyche – Burnley

While Sean Dyche might have turned Burnley into a rugged Premier League outfit in what many around Turf Moor would consider a fairytale story, it has been a worrying start to the New Year for the top-flights longest-serving manager.

Watching his side put in another sluggish display away at St. James’ Park prior to the international break, the Clarets were blown away thanks to a 3-1 drumming and they’re one of just three sides who are yet to record a single point since opening the 2020/2021 campaign.

In fact, Burnley have begun a league campaign with three straight defeats for the first time since 2003 in the second-tier, while the last time they did so in the top-flight was in 1927/1928.

After being very vocal about Burnley’s lack of transfer policy over the past 12 months, there have been some rumblings from behind the scenes and you might be interested to know that Dyche is priced at 7/1 with Unibet to be the first manager hit with the sack this year.


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan



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