Watford’s dreadful start to the new season continued on Saturday afternoon when they were thumped to the tune of 3-1 by West Ham United at Vicarage Road, this being their third defeat on the bounce following losses against Brighton & Hove Albion (0-3) and Everton (1-0). As such the Hornets find themselves propping up the rest of the division with no points to their name and manager Javi Gracia will be feeling the pressure, a fact not overlooked by the bookmakers who make him firm favourite in the Premier League Sack Race market.
Priced at around 6/1 with most firms prior to the weekend, the Spanish boss is now as short as 6/5 to be next top-flight manager to be shown the door. The 3-1 defeat to the Hammers may prove to be the last straw, especially since the fall from grace has been huge with the Hornets challenging for a top-seven finish towards the end of last season.
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Last season, Gracia was lauded as one of the most exciting managers in England’s top-flight despite the fact that his side ultimately finished 11th in the table. Nevertheless a poor finish to that campaign coupled with a disastrous start to the current one has resulted in massive pressure being piled on the Spaniard.
Previous favourite in the ‘Premier League Sack Race’ market Steve Bruce has seen his price lengthen substantially to 6/1 following Newcastle United’s shock 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon. These two sides go head-to-head with each other next weekend with both managers desperate for the three points upon which their jobs might depend.
Next Premier League Manager To Leave Post – Paddy Power Odds
6/5 – Javi Gracia
6/1 – Steve Bruce
9/1 – Roy Hodgson
10/1 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
12/1 – Marco Silva
18/1 – Ralph Hasenhuttl