Against all expectations, Roberto Di Matteo became the first Premier League Managerial casualty last seaon when he was sent packing by Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, six months after winning the Champions League success for the Stamford Bridge outfit.
As football fans expects the new season to kick off in a matter of weeks, Ladbroke’s market on which Premier League manager will next depart is a trickery one.
Following a below par outing last season where Newcastle finished 16th in the table, the Magpies manager, Alan Pardew is a massive favourites with Ladbrokes to be the football manager to be shown the exit door at 7/4 (2.75).
With the appointment of Joe Kinnear as Newcastle director of football, there is no doubt that Pardew will be under intense pressure to deliver at the club that once paraded legendary Alan Shearer. Although he was handed an eight-year contract about nine months ago, it is believed that he might still get pushed out if his side fail to start the new season on a bright note.
Michael Laudrup is available as Ladbrokes’s 11/4 (3.75) second favourite to be the next Premier League manager to abscond his current post.
The Dane had a great debut last season in charge of Swansea winning a silverware in the process, and despite offers to tempt him away from the Liberty Stadium, he insisted that he wanted to see out his contract as the Swans boss and there appears to be little value in backing the 49-year-old boss to leave Liberty Stadium just yet.
Shortly after the exit of Martin O’Neil, Paolo Di Canio became Sunderland’s coach – though not many backed the decision- yet master-minded the club’s escape from the relegation waters. Despite this impressive feat, the Italian who once managed Swindon Town is a 8/1 (9.00) play with Ladbrokes to be the next manager to move on.
Martin Jol of Fulham endured an unimpressive outing towards the end of last season to escape a drop to the English Championship. He is available at 12/1 (13.0) to be the next manager to leave his post. Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is also rated as a 12/1 (13.0) chance with Ladbrokes in this market.
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton may prove to be an interesting contender should the Canaries get off to a poor start and is sure to attract some support at a mouth watering 20/1 (21.0) with Ladbrokes to be the next manager to leave his current post. The same odds he shares with Steve Bruce 20/1 (21.0) who manages newly promoted Hull City.
Arsene Wenger may however wait till another season at the Emirates Stadium before thinking about walking away after being chalked up at 66/1 (67.0) to become the manager to walk away in the incoming Premier League season, just as Sir Alex Fergusson’s successor, David Moyes who is also a 66/1 (67.0) shot with the same bookie.