Dare we say that the managerial climate of the Premier League has stabilized somewhat?
Following a 2020/21 campaign where there were excessively few coaching changes in the English top flight, ax swinging and P45 distribution have returned to their normal pace for the 2021/22 season.
Whether this is due to fans returning to stadiums or clubs feeling safer on the other side of lockdowns remains to be seen, but there has been no shortage of layoffs in recent months.
Premier League dismissals
While only Slaven Bilic, Frank Lampard, Jose Mourinho and Chris Wilder were sent off last time out, there have been no less than eight changes during the current campaign. Ouch.
However, with the teams battling for relegation and the top four stragglers having managed not to press the panic button, there’s reason to believe there won’t be many more cuts and changes. .
Well, at least not for a while, because you have a feeling that any drastic change now would be such a desperate roll of the dice that few managers would be able to make a big impact by May.
Who will leave next?
Rather, it makes the moment even more appropriate for us to zoom out and consider how each of the 20 premier league the managers are really in their current position.
Sure, we know Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are safe and Roy Hodgson will inevitably be sacked in the near future, but what about Marcelo Bielsa, Sean Dyche or Thomas Frank?
Fear not, ladies and gentlemen, because we have the answers to all your managerial questions with the UK’s biggest bookmakers always offering odds on who will be the next manager to bite the bullet.
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Premier League manager most likely to leave next
So, to get a clearer picture of the managerial climate with no obvious layoffs on the horizon, we turned to SkyBet’s odds for ‘next Premier League manager to go’ this season.
All ratings correct at time of writing and the ‘No Manager To Leave’ option is currently at 4/1 for additional context, but other than that be sure to dive into the full 20 boss rankings below. below:
20. Jürgen Klopp (liverpool) – 150/1
=18. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) – 100/1
=18. Bruno Lage (Wolverhampton Wanderers) – 100/1
=15. Steven Gerrard (Aston Villa) – 66/1
=15. Patrick Vieira (Crystal Palace) – 66/1
=15. David Moyes (West Ham United) – 66/1
=13. Ralph Hasenhuttl (Southampton) – 50/1
=13. Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) – 50/1
=11. Thomas Tuchel (chelsea) – 40/1
=11. Graham Potter (Brighton & Hove Albion) – 40/1
10. Thomas Frank (Brentford) – 25/1
=6. Ralf Rannick (Manchester United) – 20/1
=6. Frank Lampard (Everton) – 20/1
=6. Eddie Howe (Newcastle United) – 20/1
=6. Dean Smith (Norwich City) – 20/1
=4. Sean Dyche (Burnley) – 12/1
=4. Roy Hodgson (Watford) – 12/1
3. Antonio Conte (Tottenham Hotspur) – 10/1
2. Marcelo Biesla (Leeds United) – 7/1
- Brendan Rodgers (Leicester City) – 4/5
Rodgers under pressure at Leicester
So there you have it, Rodgers is currently seen as the most likely Premier League manager to leave and probably via the sack considering Leicester’s current form.
There has been added pressure on Rodgers since his Foxes side went from back-to-back assaults on the Champions League places to stumbling on their own feet in mid-table with more defeats than Burnley.
Elsewhere, Conte finishing third is certainly eye-catching and we can only assume the reason for this is that his continued dissatisfaction with the Spurs squad might prompt him to throw in the towel.
Meanwhile, that pretty much says it all about Watford’s managerial politics, with Hodgson already being one of the hottest contenders to lose his job, despite also proving the most recent appointment.
Lampard is already feeling the pressure at Everton, Dyche’s dynasty at Burnley could be coming to an end, Arteta continues to support Arsenal and Lage’s rankings are testament to his fantastic work at Molineux.
So all in all it’s a fascinating update on the lay of the pitch as far as Premier League managers are concerned, as even a quiet moment of reflection like now can quickly snowball into drama and revolution. Stay tuned.