Less than a week has passed since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was handed his marching orders at Old Trafford, but the Manchester United managerial wheel won’t stop turning that easily.
In the days since Solskjaer’s dismissal, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive forecasting who will be next to take over the reins, both as an interim appointment and in the long term.
And it turns out one of those recently reported among the frontrunners for the gig is under fire himself as Brendan Rodgers looks to steer the ship back on course at Leicester City.
The former Liverpool chief was initially at shortest odds to replace Solskjaer immediately following his firing at Old Trafford, though he’s since ceded to other contenders in the mix to take over.
At least part of that will be due to the fact Rodgers is a 10/3 option to be the next Premier League manager sacked this season, second only to Everton’s under-fire chief Rafa Benitez, who’s a 3/1 bet.
Solskjaer was still in the United job when Rodgers was recently asked to comment on the links between him and the Red Devils, though he opted to remain respectful and told reporters:
“Firstly, it’s really disrespectful for you to ask the question when there is a manager in place at the club.
“Secondly, I can’t comment on it because it’s not real. I’m proud to be here at Leicester City,” he added. “The only thing I’m thinking about is [facing] Chelsea and getting ready for that.
“It’s frustrating for supporters and my players, but from a personal perspective, it’s something that it’s in the modern game, but something I have no focus on whatsoever.”
And it turns out little has changed now that Solskjaer is no longer at the helm, with Rodgers reaffirming his commitment to Leicester despite the fact they sit 12th in the table, two spots below United:
It was a 4-1 defeat at Watford that proved the final nail in the coffin for Solskjaer, and yet Hornets manager Claudio Ranieri also finds himself among the leaders to be sacked next.
The Italian has guided his club out of the Premier League relegation places and up to 15th less than two months after his arrival.
And yet 70-year-old Ranieri—the ‘Tinkerman’ who led Leicester to Premier League glory in 2016—finds himself at 9/2 odds to be the next manager shown the exit in England’s top flight.
There’s a steep drop off to 12/1 odds from there in the sack race with the likes of Ralph Hasenhuttl (Southampton) and Sean Dyche (Burnley). Former Premier League superstars like Steven Gerrard (Aston Villa) and Patrick Vieira (Crystal Palace) are more well-favoured to keep their jobs, meanwhile, and are each 20/1 outsiders to be axed next.
Alternatively, bettors can back 14/1 odds that there will be no more sackings in the Premier League this term, though given the division’s reputation for quick caching turnover, that faith may prove poorly placed.
Next PL Manager to be Sacked Odds
|Rafa Benitez (Everton)||3/1|
|Brendan Rodgers (Leicester City)||10/3|
|Claudio Ranieri (Watford)||9/2|
|Ralph Hasenhuttl (Southampton)||12/1|
|Sean Dyche (Burnley)||12/1|
|No Manager to Leave||14/1|
|Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds United)||14/1|
|Steven Gerrard (Aston Villa)||20/1|
|Patrick Vieira (Crystal Palace)||20/1|