Premier League Sack Race: Erik Ten Hag’s Odds Cut Massively After Brentford Debacle
Betting sites have slashed the odds on Erik ten Hag becoming the first managerial casualty of the season after Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat to Brentford.
The Dutchman cut a forlorn figure on the touchline as he watched Josh Dasilva, Mathias Jensen, Ben Mee and Bryan Mbeumo fire the Bees to their heaviest top-flight win since 1938.
It made the Dutchman the first Red Devils boss in more than 100 years to lose the first two games of his tenure.
He was priced at 33/1 to be the first Premier League manager to leave his post at the start of the season, but that has now been cut to 4/1.
Paddy Power announced that they have paid out bets on ten Hag being the first manager sacked this season.
However, the Irish bookie may have been a little hasty, as he is not even the favourite with most rival betting sites. These are the leading contenders for the axe.
Premier League Sack Race Outright Odds
|Erik ten Hag||4/1||888sport|
|Brendan Rodgers||6/1||William Hill|
The Southampton manager is the 5/2 favourite with football betting sites to leave his post next after he presided over a dismal run of results.
The Saints finished last season with a whimper, picking up just five points from their final 12 games in a disappointing campaign.
They have not done much to bolster the squad in the summer transfer window. Joe Aribo arrived from Rangers, while Southampton also signed a few promising youngsters, but the squad looks threadbare.
A 4-1 defeat to Tottenham on the opening weekend of the new season piled more pressure on Hasenhüttl.
The Saints appeared on course for another defeat on Saturday, as they trailed Leeds 2-0 with just 18 minutes left on the clock, but late goals from Aribo and Kyle Walker-Peters rescued a point and handed the German manager a stay of execution.
He is the fourth longest-serving manager in the Premier League, and he has previously survived 9-0 defeats to Leicester and Man Utd, but patience could be wearing thin among the club’s hierarchy.
Erik ten Hag
The Dutchman admitted he has “a hell of a job” on his hands after watching his team lose 2-1 to Brighton on the opening weekend.
That job just became a lot more difficult in the wake of a humiliating defeat to Brentford.
He could point to individual errors from David De Gea, but ten Hag has failed to galvanise the squad and his tactics were questionable.
The decision to play Christian Eriksen as a holding midfielder was even more baffling than seeing him start as a false nine against Brentford.
Putting 5ft 9’ defender Lisandro Martinez up against Ivan Toney was a disastrous idea. Many also criticised him for starting Cristiano Ronaldo, as the Portuguese forward continues to agitate for a move abroad.
Man Utd were in a mess when ten Hag joined - they slumped to their worst ever Premier League finish last season - and they have failed to land ten Hag’s top transfer targets this summer, so there are undoubtedly mitigating circumstances.
However, some pundits claim that they are not backing him in the transfer market because they want to replace him with Mauricio Pochettino. As such, ten Hag is now 4/1 with 888sport to be given his marching orders.
Frank Lampard came off second best in the meeting of the former England midfielders at the weekend.
His Everton side succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa, leaving the Toffees with zero points from two matches.
They lost 10 out of 18 games after he replaced Rafa Benitez as manager last season, and they only avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth.
A disastrous pre-season followed, including a 4-0 defeat to MLS side Minnesota United, and things are looking bleak for Lampard.
However, he has been without a striker following Richarlison’s departure and another injury to Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
He may be given a few more weeks to turn things around, but Lampard is now best priced at just 5/1 with BetVictor to be the first managerial casualty.
The honeymoon period is well and truly over for Brendan Rodgers at Leicester. He led them to consecutive fifth-place Premier League finishes and an FA Cup triumph, augmenting his reputation as a superb manager, but the Foxes could only finish eighth last term.
They could only draw at home to Brentford in their opener, and they were outclassed in a 4-2 defeat to Arsenal at the weekend.
More concerning is the lack of ambition displayed in the transfer market. Leicester are the only Premier League team not to make a signing this summer.
They also decided against replacing Kasper Schmeichel following his move to Nice. Danny Ward, the former backup goalkeeper, struggled against Arsenal.
If things do not improve, Rodgers could be pushed, or he could simply walk away. He is now 6/1 with William Hill in this market.
Gerrard is next in the betting at 10/1 with bet365 and a loss with relegation favourites Bournemouth on the opening weekend of the new season sparked a backlash from fans - who railed against his decision to strip Tyrone Mings of the captaincy. But, the 2-1 win against Everton should improve his position.
Bruno Lage is next at 14/1 with betting apps, and that looks like a tempting long shot. Wolves were woeful in the final three months of the previous campaign.
They have already lost 2-1 to Leeds this season, and they only scraped a draw with Fulham after Aleksandar Mitrović missed a penalty, so he is skating on thin ice.
Scott Parker (20/1), Jesse Marsch (20/1), Thomas Tuchel (20/1) and Marco Silva (25/1) round out the top 10 in the betting, but they seem safe for now.
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