With 20 percent of the Premier League season already over, we’ve now seen enough to know which teams are punching above their weight and those that are clearly not living up to the potential.
As far as the former go, everyone knows that the bulk of the season is still ahead, so there is no room to rest on laurels.
Similarly, there is plenty of time for the underperformers to turn things around and make the 2019/20 season a successful one.
That sounds highly positive, but it can make the job of being a manager a precarious one. This is the point in the season when teams often decide a change of leadership in the dressing room is what is needed to get the campaign on track – just ask Jose Mourinho.
For those who like to visit sportsbook sites like MobileBet to place a quick bet from their smartphones, the “next manager to depart” wager makes a change from simply gambling on which team you think is going to win or lose. The evolving odd also tell their own story.
So who are the current front runners for an early bath?
Marco Silva (Everton)
Prior to the weekend win over West Ham United, it had been more than a month since Everton last won a Premier League game, and their inept performance against new boys Sheffield United back on September 21 summed up their season to date.
The Toffees were languishing on the edge of the relegation zone, and if the whispers from Portuguese football site A Bola are true, Silva had been given three more games to get Everton back to winning ways or he will be shown the door.
Bookmakers have him at even money odds to be the next manager to go.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United)
The earlier allusion to Mourinho was tongue in cheek, but United fans must be feeling a certain sense of déjà vu.
With just two wins from the first eight fixtures ahead of Sunday’s draw against leaders Liverpool, you would have to be heartless indeed not to feel some sympathy for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
There was a genuine possibility that United and Everton could both be in the relegation zone by the end of October, so of course the Norwegian’s position is in danger, though good performances from both in their most recent outings could buy some time.
Solskjaer’s lifeline might also be the fact that United have sorely missed the injured pairing of Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, something entirely outside the manager’s control. Think he will be next to go? The bookmakers will offer you odds of 3/1.
Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur)
The final manager to make up the three most likely to depart is from yet another team that everyone expected to be securely in the top six at this stage.
Tottenham’s poor start would have been a far bigger talking point were it not for the fact that Manchester United have fared even worse.
Nevertheless, Pochettino is now having to stave off media questions about his own future in addition to Tottenham’s inconsistent form to date.
He’s currently a 5/1 shot for the sack, but those odds will soon get far shorter unless he can reverse his team’s decline over the next couple of weeks.