It was, though, the 43-year-old Italian, sacked from his position as Chelsea manager just six months after bringing Champions League success to Stamford Bridge who proved to be the reluctant winner of last season’s “sack race”.
With just under two months to go until the new season kicks off, Coral’s market on which Premier League manager is next to depart his current post is an intriguing one.
Given troubles both on and off the field at St James’ Park, it comes as little surprise to see Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew chalked up as Coral’s 2/1 (3.0) favourite in this market.
|Next Premier League Manager To Leave
|Odds from Coral
|Paolo Di Canio||12/1|
Pardew’s woes have deepened over the summer, with the manager’s position seemingly being undermined by the appointment of Joe Kinnear as the club’s director of football – a move which led Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer to brand his former club as a “laughing stock” in some quarters.
There is no doubt that the pressure is on Pardew, who was awarded an eight-year contract as Newcastle boss just nine months ago, and the Magpies manager will be hoping that his side make a solid start when the new campaign gets underway.
Michael Laudrup is chalked up as Coral’s 11/4 (3.75) second favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his current post.
Laudrup has been linked with several vacancies over the summer following a fine debut season in charge at the Liberty Stadium during which the Swans claimed their first piece of major silverware under the Dane’s stewardship.
However, it is worth noting that Laudrup insisted earlier this month that he wanted to see out his contract as Swansea boss and there appears to be little value in backing the 49-year-old boss to leave the club just yet.
Fulham endured a disappointing end to the 2012-13 season, with the Cottagers collecting just four points from their final eight games and Fulham boss Martin Jol is chalked up as an 11/1 (12.0) chance with Coral to be the next manager to leave his post.
Paolo Di Canio may have been a controversial choice when he was appointed as Martin O’Neill’s successor at Sunderland last season but, after staving off the threat of relegation, the former Swindon Town boss is chalked up at 12/1 (13.0) with Coral to be the next Premier League manager to move on. Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is also rated as a 12/1 (13.0) chance with Coral 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 chunky 14/1 (15.0) with Coral to be the next manager to leave his current post.
However, the true value lies with market favourite Alan Pardew. Should the Magpies endure a difficult start to the campaign, it would be no great surprise to see the 51-year-old boss depart St James’ Park and the 2/1 (3.0) quote on offer from Coral is outstanding value here.
|Alan Pardew to be next Premier League manager to leave at 2/1 (3.0) with Coral
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