Mauricio Sarri got his reign at Stamford Bridge off to a great start with his new charges racing out of the blocks and being installed by the bookies as potential dark horses in the race for the Premier League title, however things have since turned sour and to say that the pressure is piling on Sarri would be a huge understatement.
Chelsea were thrashed 4-0 by AFC Bournemouth recently and following that hugely disappointing defeat the Blues boss admitted that he was struggling to motivate his players, never a good idea given that the club owner never usually needs an excuse for sacking managers.
The response was impressive enough – a 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town – however even that victory would have done little to instill confidence in the Blues fans ahead of their trip to the Etihad Stadium. In all honesty few will have believed that their team would get such an emphatic thumping but with City banging-in four goals inside 25 minutes it was becoming clear that this was going to be a very bad day for Chelsea. The shell-shocked visitors had little to offer as the Citizens added a couple more for good measure and the bookies responded by slashing the odds on Sarri being the next managerial casualty in the Premier League to just 4/5 odds-on with BetVictor Bookmakers.
Club owner Roman Abramovich isn’t really known for his patience with regard to his managers and the possibility remains that the thumping to Manchester City will be the last straw. Indeed the Italian looks as though he has lost the dressing room as well as the fans and it’s always hard to get back from such a situation.
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While Mauricio is odds-on to be next in line for the chop, Everton manager Marco Silva is his principal rival in the sack-race market at 3/1, former favourite Claude Puel way back in third position at 5/1 despite his side being dumped out of the FA Cup by League Two side Newport County and picking up just a single point from their subsequent five league outings.
Premier League Sack-Race – BetVictor Odds
4/5 – Mauricio Sarri
3/1 – Marco Silva
5/1 – Claude Puel
10/1 – Claudio Ranieri
16/1 – Rafael Benitez
25/1 – Neil Warnock