Betting Special: Value in backing Mackay to be forced out at Cardiff

While Martin Jol looks under pressure at Fulham, Al Hain-Cole thinks that it is worth backing the in-demand Scottish boss to leave the Welsh capital due to boardroom interference
With less than a third of the Premier League season gone, two managers have already been relieved of their duties and it is only a matter of time before more heads roll.

With four successive defeats to mull over during the international break, Martin Jol's Fulham future is hanging by a thread and new owner Shahid Khan could not be blamed should he feel his trigger finger getting itchy.

Premier League sack race

Odds from William Hill
Martin Jol 2/5
Chris Hughton 5/1
Malky Mackay 6/1
Alan Pardew 14/1
Andre Villas-Boas 20/1
The American billionaire will surely not countenance his newly acquired club suffering relegation to the Championship, so it is no surprise to see the slender 2/5 (1.40) odds on offer with William Hill for Jol to become the next recipient of a P45.

Norwich City's second-half comeback in a 3-1 win over West Ham has provided Chris Hughton with some valuable breathing space, with the odds on him winning the sack race extended to 5/1 (6.00).

However, the former Newcastle manager was given relatively substantial backing in the summer transfer window, meaning that maximum points will probably be required from must-win games against fellow relegation candidates Crystal Palace, Fulham and Sunderland over the next month in order to ward off the threat of the axe.

One speculated replacement for Hughton at Carrow Road is former Canaries defender Malky Mackay, who has enhanced his reputation with a string of competitive performances from his newly promoted Cardiff side.

Despite his impressive achievements in Wales, Mackay is said to endure a rocky relationship with controversial owner Vincent Tan due to the dismissal of trusted member of the backroom staff Iain Moody and could well decide to walk away in search of a more serene environment.

Trouble behind the scenes makes Mackay a tempting bet at 6/1 (7.00) to become the next unemployed boss, particularly as Alan Pardew 14/1 (15.00) looks to be back in the Newcastle good books after shock wins over Chelsea and Tottenham.

While Andre Villas-Boas has come under pressure from some Tottenham fans after some uninspiring performances, it is difficult to see chairman Daniel Levy cutting short his highly rated young manager's long-term project so prematurely, meaning that odds of 20/1 (21.00) are probably best avoided.

Malky Mackay to win the Premier League sack race for a 1pt stake at 5/1 (6.00) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.