Rafa Benitez Likely to Be the Premier League’s Next Manager to Be Sacked
The odds for the sack race have shifted again, and now Everton’s manager is in the spotlight. Having failed to secure a win for his team over the last 7 games in the Premier League, it looks like his sacking is on the cards.
Could Rafa’s Time Be Up?
The odds of Benitez getting fired have now shortened dramatically to as little as just 4/6 with certain football bookies. He’s now facing an uphill climb to retain his post with the Merseyside derby on the horizon. Today, Liverpool will be visiting Goodison Park, and the reds are going to expect all 3 points, considering their current form.
Should Everton fail to make any gains during the game, there’ll be few reasons left to keep Rafa at the Merseyside club. A club with such a good squad and stature as Everton should perform far better than its 14th position.
Is There Anyone Else in the Firing Line?
There are 3 favourites in the firing line – Benitez is top at 6/4 with Ralph Hasenhuttl, the boss at Southampton, second in line with odds of 5/1, although thanks to 2 wins during their past 4 games their form is looking better than that of Everton. Third in the running is Claudio Ranieri, Watford’s newly-appointed boss. However, he hasn’t been hanging around since his takeover at Vicarage Road. His first 6 fixtures have seen 2 solid wins, which puts his odds at 10/1.
The outside candidates are Marcelo Bielsa and Brendan Rodgers, manager at Leicester, both with odds of 16/1. Then the longest shots are Newcastle’s recent appointee Eddie Howe with odds of 20/1 followed up by Sean Dyche with odds of 25/1, then Graham Potter with odds standing at 33/1.