The pressure and scrutiny of a Premier League manager is like no other, but who is the favorite to lose their job first in 2021/22 season?
Every year Premier League managers come and go, with it looking a completely different place at the end of the season compared to the start. Last season there were four sackings in total, with the first not happening until December. Slaven Bilic was the first to lose his job which came as no surprise as West Brom were struggling.
This season we have seven new managers. They have either come up with one of the three promoted sides or have started new jobs at Premier League clubs this summer. With this comes pressure and potentially clubs realising they have hired the wrong manager.
But who will be the favorite to go first?
Patrick Viera – 6/1 (Paddy Power)
The new Crystal Palace manager is the joint-favorite to go first this season. He has just taken over from Roy Hodgson but doesn’t really have much experience of managing in a big league. He joins the club after spending two years at Nice in Ligue 1 as well as two years with New York City FC.
Palace are also one of the favourites to be relegated this season. The lack of experience from Viera could be an issue, however, given how long they stuck with Hodgson for, we can’t see Palace wanting to make another change so soon. Viera could be the first to go, but we see other managers more likely to.
Xisco – 6/1 (PaddyPower)
Many people are probably questioning who is Xisco? The Watford manager join the club after just four months in charge of Dinamo Tbilisi, who are a side from the top tier in Georgia. The Premier League is going to be nothing like he’s ever experienced and Watford fans will be desperate to stay up.
If Watford get off to a bad start fans could turn very quickly. They have no loyalties to the new manager and Watford have had seven managers in the last two years so the owners are affraid to make a change!
Steve Bruce – 15/2 (PaddyPower)
The Newcastle manager looked set for the sack at several points during the 2020/21 season. His side were struggling and toying with relegation for a while and a lot of the fans were calling for him to be sacked. Bruce did manage to keep them in the Premier League and even guide them to 12th place.
Now though, fans are back and many still feel Bruce isn’t the right man for the job. Newcastle fans aren’t affraid to make their voices known at St James Park and if it goes bad again they will be calling for change.
Ralph Hasenhuttl – 10/1 (PaddyPower)
Southampton had a tough time at moments last season, the worst being a 9-1 loss away to Man United, for the second time in Hassenhuttls Southampton career. They finished 15th in the table, which with a squad as strong as Southamptons, this isn’t good enough.
The owners will give Hassenhuttl another go but if he carries on underachieving, could they start looking elsewhere?