West Ham manager leading the sack race – with Everton, Liverpool and Man City counterparts close behind

Who will be the first Premier League manager to be sacked this season? Last term, it was Jose Mourinho who unexpectedly left his post first, although it’s pretty safe to assume that Phil Scolari will not be walking away from Stamford Bridge anytime soon. However, there are already one or two gaffers looking over their shoulders after just a handful of matches.

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No prizes for guessing that Alan Curbishley leads the way in the betting, and the West Ham manager is under pressure simply by virtue of having to state that the board support him. The fans don’t seem to have much faith in the former Charlton boss and it’s little wonder that he’s shorter than 2/1 to go first.

Mark Hughes is next in the betting and that mainly comes down to the precarious ownership of Thaksin Shinawatra, and the high expectations that exist at Eastlands. The Welshman is around the 7/1 mark and it’s clear that he’s not exactly seeing eye to eye with chairman Gary Cook.

Many bookies make Rafael Benitez the third-favourite to walk the plank first, although the Liverpool manager has been relatively short odds (currently 10/1) for many months now, ever since the boardroom squabbling started with Messrs Gillett and Hicks. The poor performances on the pitch don’t seem to be helping though…

And what of David Moyes, who was safe as houses at Goodison Park last season, but now could be ready to walk away after a degree of reluctance by the board to spend big on new signings. Perhaps you also think that Gary Megson’s days are numbered after Bolton’s 2-1 defeat against Northampton, while Juande Ramos needs to turn things round quickly at Tottenham or the Spaniard could come under pressure as well.

Who’s your bet for the sack race this season?

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