Premier League next manager sacked: Bruce favourite ahead of Brighton tie, Allardyce & Heckingbottom in the mix
NEWCASTLE boss Steve Bruce is still favourite to be the next manager sacked in the Premier League.
Jamaal Lascelles scored in stoppage time to rescue a point for Newcastle against Aston Villa on Friday.
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But having collected just two wins from their last 17 top-flight fixtures, the Toon are firmly entrenched in a relegation battle.
Bruce and Co. are anchored in 17th position – just two points above 18th-placed Fulham and a point behind Brighton, who beat Southampton on Sunday.
The 60-year-old veteran is available at 13/5 to be the next Premier League manager relieved of his duties after the shock departure of Chris Wilder over the weekend.
But that price could soon shorten with a six-pointer against the Seagulls coming up on Saturday.
West Brom manager Sam Allardyce is next in the betting market at 9/2.
Big Sam watched as his side were beaten 1-0 by Crystal Palace with Luka Milivojevic scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.
Premier League next manager sacked odds – Betfair
- No Manager To Leave – 6/4
- Steve Bruce – 13/5
- Sam Allardyce – 9/2
- Paul Heckingbottom – 9/1
- Jurgen Klopp – 10/1
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The result left the Baggies in 19th on 18 points from 29 matches, 10 points adrift from safety.
And Allardyce is now staring at the prospect of a first top-flight relegation of his managerial career.
He said: "There's 27 points available and 20 needed. We can only really afford to drop seven points.
"I'm left frustrated because of the players' efforts not being rewarded, and that's a consistent analysis from me."
Paul Heckingbottom was appointed as Sheffield United's interim boss until the end of the 2020-21 campaign after Wilder's dismissal.
But he's priced at 9/1 to leave before then after Sunday's 5-0 thrashing against Leicester.
Wilder's United never lost by more than a three-goal margin and Heckingbottom said the players were missing their leader.
He said: "We know the circumstances behind it. It's been a tough week in losing Chris. He is a mate of mine. I've been in touch with him a few times. The players and the staff have lost their leader. It's taken its toll. It's an emotional dressing room.
"There were lots of habits in that performance which haven't been there before. The standards have been slipping. I'm here to help between now and the end of the season."
Jurgen Klopp completes the market at 10/1 with he defending champions now a massive 28 points behind leaders Manchester City.
However, the Reds have two games in-hand and safely navigated their way to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
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