Betting Special: Gamble emerges on Tony Pulis being the first Premier League manager to leave

The Crystal Palace boss has been well backed in the last 24 hours, with his odds being slashed from 40/1 into 6/4 to leave just two days before the Premier League season begins
The managerial merry-go-round of English football took less time to get going than usual with Mark Robins parting company with Huddersfield Town after just one Championship game.

Now the bookmakers are reporting a sustained gamble on Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis being the first top-flight boss to leave his position.

Having been as big as 40/1 (41.0) on Thursday morning, William Hill now have the 56-year-old as their 6/4 (2.50) favourite ahead of long-term front-runner Sam Allardyce at 2/1 (3.00).

Pulis has only been at the club a matter of months, taking over a beleaguered Palace side following Ian Holloway's exit last season.

The Eagles were heavily odds-on to be relegated from the Premier League at that point but the former Stoke City boss oversaw a dramatic turnaround, not only saving the South London club from the drop but guiding them to an 11th-place finish with 45 points to their name.

Summer transfer activity has been sparse, with Brede Hangeland joining the Eagles and 24-year-old defender Martin Kelly secured from Liverpool.

Even if more investment in the squad was expected, considering how impressive Pulis's work at Selhurst Park has been, it seems unlikely that the two would part ways unless there was a serious rift in the camp, especially so close to the new season getting under way.

Manager markets are notoriously volatile but such sustained support for Pulis to be the first manager to leave would suggest that there are punters who believe that something is not right at Selhurst Park.

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