The spotlight may be off Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the time being following Dean Smith’s dismissal as Aston Villa chief, but the Manchester United chief appears to be living on borrowed time.
A return of two wins from their last eight in all competitions has amplified the pressure on the Norwegian, who will celebrate his three-year anniversary at the helm next month with not a lot to show for it.
The Red Devils finished second in the Premier League last season and were also Europa League runners-up, with that lack of silverware now compounded by poor performance.
This isn’t the first time the masses have lost faith in Solskjaer, but with United sat sixth in the league table and little sign of improvement, many are of the belief the club should make a change:
And the 48-year-old is at short odds as a roughly 2/5 favourite to be the next Premier League manager headed for the exit, acres in front of any of his peers. BetVictor are currently offering superior odds of 8/13 compared to others on the market.
The majority of voters in a recent British Gambler poll believe Solskjaer will get the boot before Christmas 2021, with more than 40% in agreement the manager’s time is nigh:
Villa became the fifth club in England’s top flight to make a managerial change when they handed Smith his marching orders on Sunday.
Like United, Smith’s side had secured only one win from their last six Premier League outings, though the international break promises a chance for the club to pause and take stock.
Many sections of the Old Trafford support continue to believe former fan favourite Solskjaer can be the man to lead United in future, though displays at the Theatre of Dreams haven’t been what they once were:
It says a lot of just how heavily ‘The Babyface Assassin’ is favoured to be the next chief given the heave-ho, considering new Watford boss Claudio Ranieri is next in line at 6/1 with William Hill bonus offer.
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The Italian managed to beat Everton 5-2 in only his second game with the Hornets, and the Toffees tactician is the only other selection to come in at single digit odds (8/1).
Even newly installed Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe is a 33/1 pick to be fired next despite having yet to take charge of the Magpies in a coaching capacity just yet.
Meanwhile, punters can find odds as high as 40/1 that there won’t be another managerial sacking in the Premier League this season, however unlikely that may seem.
Next Premier League Manager to be Sacked: Odds Leaders
|Manager||SkyBet Odds||William Hill Odds||Betvictor Odds|
|Ole Gunnar Solskjaer||2/5||4/7||8/13|
|No Manager Sacked||40/1||33/1||40/1|