Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is the favorite to be the first Premier League manager to be sacked in the coming season.
Owner Mike Ashley greets Chris Hughton – hi Chrissie!
And Manchester City’s Italian manager Roberto Mancini is also a big favorite to be shown the door, and it’s Chris and Roberto who are the two top favorites to get their marching orders first.
William Hill have made Hughton the 4-1 favourite to be first to go with Mancini at 5-1. West Brom’s Roberto Di Matteo and Blackpool’s Ian Holloway, are also among the top six, and Sunderland’s Geordie manager Steve Bruce is surprisingly at 8-1.
For the top North East Club Sunderland are 11-10 and Newcastle are 4-6 – wrong again – and on the relegation front Newcastle are fifth favorites to go down at 11-4, behind Blackpool, West Brom, Wigan and Wolves.
Some reports say the betting will be a bitter blow for Hughton, but we don’t agree, and think that it will only make him more determined to prove his doubters wrong, just like he did so famously last season.
Of course the Premier League is so different from the Championship, but successful people do not dwell on the negatives – we can assure you of that – losers do that.
However, it is worrying that Hughton has not had his contract extended and it still runs out next summer, so it could be that owner Mike Ashley is waiting to see just how well Chris and his assistant Colin Calderwood do in the top football league in the world, before doing anything at all with their contracts.
Written from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.