Are Redknapp and Irvine walking a Premier League tightrope?
Coral are offering an intriguing market on the next Premier League manager to leave their post, so we discuss who could be set for an ungraceful exit.
Whilst much-maligned Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is current odds-on favourite at 4/9 to be next boss to leave, there are many more Premier League gaffers wobbling along the precipice of potential unemployment.
West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Irvine, 11/2 to be next to leave his post, seemed to stand little chance of being a long-term fixture at The Hawthorns, after the club hierarchy offered refunds to season ticket holders disgruntled by his appointment.
After being undermined at such an early stage of his tenure, the ex-Everton youth coach began the season by guiding the Baggies to three uninspiring draws and a defeat. A shock win over Spurs last time out may not have been enough to give Irvine a stay of execution, and the 53-year-old admitted he was feeling the heat.
Speaking before the Toffees clash, Irvine stated: “That’s the nature of the job. Anyone who’s down the bottom end of the table is going to be in that position where they’re under pressure.”
Controversial Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace has certainly not been shy about sacking coaching staff before, with Steve Clarke and Pepe Mel both laid off last term, making unpopular Irvine our top tip to be next in line for the boot.
Wheeler-dealer Harry Redknapp is also available at 11/1 to be the next to clear out his locker, with his seemingly savvy summer purchases not yet having paid off. Premier League strugglers QPR are currently in the relegation zone, with only one victory in all competitions so far this term.
Former Tottenham and West Ham United boss Redknapp is no stranger to a sacking, and may be skating on thin ice after previously overseeing the Hoops’ plummet from the top tier in 2012/13. Whilst his side have suffered somewhat of an injury crisis, the 67-year-old will be more than aware that time waits for no man in the Premier League.
One more false move could see QPR owner Tony Fernandes lose confidence in Redknapp to rescue the Hoops from the trap door second time around.
Redknapp’s fellow English coach Sam Allardyce is cut from the same cloth, and despite guiding his Hammers side to eighth spot in the league, gathering seven points from a possible 15, is an excellent 12/1 to be next for an exit.
Allardyce oversaw West Ham’s memorable victory over Liverpool last time out, but has seen his leadership questioned by unimpressed fans and public disagreement with the Upton Park board over key issues such as Ravel Morrison.
The ex-Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle coach has developed a thick skin, but has faced criticism over his style of play and ill-advised signings such as Andy Carroll, and his unpopularity with the demanding Hammers faithful could see him dismissed sooner rather than later.