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Coral best price on five of top six in next manager to go market

| 11.12.2013

There have already been three managerial changes in the Premier League this season, but given that there have been at least four sackings, resignations or departures by mutual consent in each of the last six campaigns, the current crop of bosses certainly can’t rest on their laurels in the coming months.

And there are three managers that are currently far shorter than the other 17 in the Premier League betting to be shown the exit next.

Leading the way is Sam Allardyce at 3/1, with West Ham losing four of their last five and taking just five points from a possible 24.

However, the club’s board did show plenty of patience with Avram Grant previously, so it is unlikely that they will jump to any rash decisions.

Chris Hughton is also 3/1, but three wins in their last five games has given Norwich some breathing space from the bottom three.

Norwich are also unbeaten against their fellow clubs in the Premier League’s bottom eight, with four wins in five games. This suggests Hughton has a knack of getting positive results against opposition over which it is most meaningful.

Malky Mackay is 7/2 to be the next manager to go and arguably represents the best bet given the fractured relationship he has had with owner Vincent Tan in the early stages of the campaign.

One victory in nine Premier League games will not be helping relieve any pressure on him either.

Further down the betting, Andre Villas-Boas is 8/1, having been close to odds-on in the not too distant past. Two successive wins and three fixtures in a row in which Tottenham have scored more than a single goal will have helped his cause.

Elsewhere, David Moyes is 12/1 to be axed at Manchester United and consecutive 1-0 defeats at Old Trafford have built up some pressure. But, Moyes has always looked a longer-term appointment.

Steve Clarke is 16/1 and has to be regarded as an interesting outsider after three straight league defeats and form that has seen West Brom secure only two points from a possible 15.