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Kompany in talks for Burnley job
Vincent Kompany is heavy odds-on to be appointed as the next Burnley manager amid reports that he's in talks with the Lancashire club.
The Clarets were relegated from the Premier League on Sunday and face a tough task to win promotion from the Championship in 2022/23.
Kompany appears to be up for the challenge and is 1/9 to get the job.
He is currently the manager of Anderlecht in his native Belgium but his future there has been in cast into doubt.
He is reported to be on Burnley's three man shortlist as they try to get a manager in place in the next fortnight.
Joey Barton 15/2 and Wayne Rooney 9/1 follow Kompany in the betting.
Burnley's final eight games of the season were overseen by caretaker boss Mike Jackson following the sacking of Sean Dyche.
Jackson picked up 11 points from a possible 24, which wasn't enough to save the club, and Jackson is not believed to be in contention to get the job permanently.
Watford appoint Edwards to succeed Hodgson
Watford have appointed Rob Edwards to succeed Roy Hodgson as their new head coach.
Watford have endured a miserable season and were relegated from the Premier League with three games to play. Hodgson has won just two of his 15 games since taking over at the start of this year.
They host Leicester in their penultimate match of the season on Sunday.
Edwards steered Forest Green Rovers to the League Two title this season.
He took over at Forest Green 12 months ago following spells in charge of Telford, Wolves U23s and England U16s.
He leaves them in acrimonious circumstances with Rovers accusing the Hornets of negotiating with Edwards behind their backs.
His job next season will be to get Watford promoted but he may get more time to build a team than some of his predecessors.
The club has been famous in recent years for its high turnover of managers but has indicated that it will be taking a new approach after a seconc relegation in three seasons.
Kompany backed to beat Rooney to Burnley job
The vacancy for a permanent manager at Burnley continues to be linked with big names after Vincent Kompany overtook Wayne Rooney to become favourite for the Turf Moor job.
The Belgian, who won the Premier League playing for Manchester City and is the current manager of RSC Anderlecht, is even odds to become Burnley's next boss.
He spent 11 years playing for City and should have learned lots about coaching from Pep Guardiola. The Belgian left City in 2019 and is believed to want to return to the Premier League as a manager.
Rooney follows Kompany in the betting. The former-Manchester United legend was recently relegated as manager of Derby.
But he is 10/3 to get the Burnley job because it is widely believed he has done a good job amid the ongoing financial turmoil, that resulted in points deductions, at Pride Park.
Burnley are fighting for their Premier League status and have drifted to 3.711/4 in the relegation betting on the Exchange after a run of good results under their caretaker management team that's lead by Michael Jackson.
They have drawn one and won three in a row since Sean Dyche was sacked.
Dyche is 9/1 to become Watford's next manager after Roy Hodgson announced he would not continue in the role beyond this season.
Conte 2/1 for PSG job and Pochettino could go the other way
Antonio Conte is the favourite to be Paris Saint Germain's next manager and Mauricio Pochettino could go the other way, with the Argentine making a sensational return to Tottenham.
The Italian is 2/1 to take over at the French champions with speculation mounting that Pochettino will be sacked within days.
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Get the latest odds in the next Burnley manager betting as the Clarets board weigh up the candidates to succeed Sean Dyche permanently.
Mancini to Utd odds slashed after shock loss
The odds on Roberto Mancini becoming the next Manchester United manager were slashed from 50/1 to 16/1 after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.
Mancini's team were beated 1-0 by North Macedonia on Thursday - a victory that was backed at 75.074/1 on the Betfair Exchange - and, amid the recriminations, there is speculation that Mancini will soon be on the job market.
The Italian steered his country to Euro 2020 glory last summer but failing to qualify for the World Cup - for the second time in a row - is an ignominy that the proud football nation will not take well.
Now Mancini, who won the Premier League title in 2012 with Man City, has rocketed up the next United boss market.
Erik ten Hag remains the clear favourite at 1/3 after reports this week that he has already met with United chiefs.
Mauricio Pochettino has drifted to 5/1 and caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick is out to 33/1.
Dutchman firm favourite amid reports of talks with United
The odds on Erik ten Hag becoming the next Manchester United manager were slashed to 1/3 following reports that he met the club for talks.
The Dutchman, who has been in charge of Ajax since 2017 and currently aiming to win a third league Eredivisie title in four seasons, is now the clear favourite to take the job when interim boss Ralf Rangnick steps down at the end of the season.
Ten Hag reportedly held talks with Old Trafford chiefs in which he asked about the club's budget and plans for the next few seasons. He has been improving his English and language is not thought to be a barrier.
Mauricio Pochettino, who was even odds earlier this month, has drifted to 13/2. United may have cooled on him due to his PSG team's difficulties in recent weeks, losing four of their last six matches.
The Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is 15/2 but, with the Blues third in the Premier League, in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and semi-finals of the FA Cup, his focus is firmly on Stamford Bridge.
Market favours Ten Hag as United cool on Pochettino
The pendulum swung from Mauricio Pochettino to Erik Ten Hag in the betting on the next Manchester United manager with the Ajax boss once again the favourite to take up the Old Trafford hotseat this summer.
Ten Hag is 13/8 to get the job on a fulltime basis when interim manager Ralf Rangnick departs at the end of the current season.
Pochettino, who had shortened to even odds a few weeks ago, is out to 5/2 amid concerns about his Paris Saint-Germain team's recent performances.
They were beaten 3-0 by Monaco at the weekend, less than a fortnight after being dumped out of the Champions League in the last 16.
The expensively assembled squad, which features Lionel Messi alongside Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, are on course to win Ligue 1 comfortably.
There is a growing sense, however, that Pochettino's reign is unravelling and, while that means United should be able to pick him up when he leaves the French club in the summer, it may make the Red Devils less likely to want him.
Not that there are no question marks about Ten Hag's suitability for Old Trafford. He has never managed in England and, while he has achieved great success at Ajax since 2017, there is no guarantee that he will adapt to the rigours of the Premier League.
Thomas Tuchel is continuing to do great work under difficult circumstances at Chelsea and is 4/1, while Spurs manager Antonio Conte is 12/1.
Spain national team boss Luis Enrique comes next at 16/1 but there were rumours recently that United were interested in his countryman Julien Lopetegui 20/1 thanks to his impressive work at Sevilla.
Poch on borrowed time at PSG
Mauricio Pochettino is the 6/4 favourite to be the next manager of Manchester United following Paris Saint-Germain's disappointing Champions League exit against Real Madrid.
Erik ten Hag is next in the betting at 11/4.
You could interpret PSG's collapse in Madrid two ways in terms of how it affects the likelihood of Pochettino becoming Manchester United's next manager.
On the one hand, the defeat means Pochettino is unlikely to stay at PSG beyond this season. That should give United the green light to get a man who has made no secret of his desire to manage United.
That's the view of Betfair Ambassador Rivaldo who today said he thought the Argentinian was on borrowed time in the French capital and could be a good fit for United.
On the other hand, if Pochettino can preside over a PSG team throwing away a golden chance to get past Real Madrid and reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League, do United really want to appoint him? The manner of the defeat could have planted doubts among the decision-makers at Old Trafford.
They still have a few months to make up their minds, with Ralf Rangnick - out to 16/1 following last weekend's Manchester derby humiliation - out to 16/1.
This weekend, United play Spurs whose manager Antonio Conte is 10/1 to get the United job.
Pochettino backed for United job after derby defeat
The PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino is even odds to be in charge of Manchester United at the beginning of next season.
United were thumped 4-1 by neighbours City in yesterday's Manchester derby and the manner of the defeat left fans and former-United players furious with their team.
The interim manager Ralf Rangnick is out to 6/1 to get the job on a permanent basis.
The Ajax manager Erik ten Hag had moved to the top of the market in recent weeks but is currently 9/4 and Pochettino overtaking him in the betting.
His PSG team lost 1-0 to Nice on Saturday and there is a growing sense that he is unhappy in the French capital.
Antonio Conte, whose Spurs team United play on Saturday, is 5/1.
It will be an unusual situation for Rangnick, when the Red Devils host Spurs, knowing the Italian in the opposition dugout is considered a better bet to get the United job.
After yesterday's match, United's offical Twitter account referred to Rangnick as "our interim manager", which could be interpreted as a sign that the club are abandoning any thoughts of giving him the job long term.
Losing to City was only Rangnick's second defeat since taking over at Old Trafford in November but the gulf between the two teams, and the German's inability to motivate his players, was concerning.
He got his team selection badly wrong, starting Bruno Fernandes as United's lone striker, with Marcus Rashford on the bench. This morning the England forward was said to be considering his future.
United are fifth in the Premier League and out to 5.14/1 for a top four finish.
Marsch arrives for Leeds rescue job
Leeds are 2.829/5 for relegation after Jesse Marsch was confirmed as their new manager on Monday.
Only Norwich 1.081/12 and Watford 1.292/7 are shorter odds for the drop on the Betfair Exchange.
Leeds are two points and two places above the drop zone but they have played two games more than Everton 5.49/2 and Burnley 2.8815/8, the clubs directly below them.
The Yorkshire club have taken a gamble by appointing the American who has never managed in the Premier League and left RB Leipzig in December after five months in charge.
Read Alex Keble's take on the task facing Marsch.
In their last four matches Leeds have conceded 17 goals and scored just two, an abysmal run that precipitated Marcelo Bielsa's desparture after three-and-a-half years.
Leeds' first match under Marsch is on Saturday against Leicester at the King Power Stadium and we will have a full preview and tips on Betting.Betfair.
Bielsa was the ninth Premier League manager to leave his job this season. Will he be the last? No more managers to leave is the new favourite on Betfair, although Antonio Conte 3/1 and Brendan Rodgers 4/1 come next in the sack race market.
Marsch massive odds-on to take Elland Road hotseat
Former RB Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch is the 1/11 favourite to be the Next Permanent Leeds Manager following the sacking of Marcelo Bielsa on Sunday morning.
The 48-year-old American is widely expected to be named Leeds' new boss on Monday morning.
It appears that only a last-minute breakdown in talks can prevent Marsch from taking over at Elland Road, though if that were to happen then Ernesto Valverde and Sam Allardyce are joint second favourites in the market at 11/1.
Bielsa leaves Leeds following four straight defeats and no wins in five in which they conceded a remarkable 20 goals.
The Yorkshire outfit are 16th in the table, just two points above Burnley in 18th who have two games in hand.
In the Relegation market Leeds can be backed at 2.77/4 to go down, behind Norwich at 1.11/10 and Watford at 1.3130/100. Burnley are next in at 2.9215/8.
Leeds United have sacked Marcelo Bielsa.
Bielsa backed into 1/5 to be next manager to leave
Marcelo Bielsa is the new 1/5 favourite to be the Next Manager to Leave Their Post after Leeds suffered a third heavy defeat in the space of a week when losing 0-4 at home to Tottenham.
Ironically, Bielsa replaces Antonoi Conte at the head of the market after the Italian was made favourite earlier in the week when his side lost to Burnley.
Bielsa was well-backed (into 2/9) on the Betfair Sportsbook throughout the morning, and was cut again after his side went three goals down in the first half at Elland Road.
Following the defeat Leeds remain 15th in the table before the later Premier League games, but they have just a three point cushion to 18th-placed Burnley who have three games in hand on the Yorkshire outfit.
On the Betfair Exchange, Leeds are trading at 2.56/4 in the Relegation market, just behind Norwich at 1.071/14 and Watford at 1.232/9.
Conte suggests he could leave Spurs
Spurs took another backward step in their bid for a top four finish last night, losing 1-0 at Burnley, and the result caused Antonio Conte to question his ability to lead the club. The Italian hinted he could leave following a run of four losses in five Premier League games.
In searing comments after the match, Conte caused the markets to tumble and he was backed at a low of 1.111/9 on the Betfair Exchange's Next Manager to Leave market. He has since stabilised to 2.915/8, but the frustrated manager seems in a volatile mood and defeat to Leeds on Saturday would be disastrous.
Post-match, Conte said: "I came here to help the club and if the problem could be the coach I'm ready to go, no problem."
Conte emerged for his post-match media engagements, but refused to talk about the game and instead spoke about his current plight.
"I am not used to this situation. I am trying everything but the situation is not changing. I am available and open with the club to do what the club wants.
"I want to help the club, I work a lot, I work very hard. I am giving 20 hours a day to Tottenham and the other four hours I sleep but it is not enough.
"The performance can be good and the commitment was good but we lost. For me the situation is unacceptable. To lose four of five [games] for Tottenham has to be a disaster.
"I came in to try to improve the situation. Maybe in this moment I am not so good to improve the situation. I am too honest to close my eyes and continue in this way.
"For sure we are to speak and have a conversation with the club to try and find the best solution to help the team not have this type of situation."
Rodgers backed for Leicester exit
Brendan Rodgers is the 11/10 favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his job after Leicester City were beaten 2-1 by Wolves.
It was the Foxes' fourth defeat in seven matches, with the Europa League victory over Randers the only win in that period, and it left Rodgers' men 11th in the table. They are winless in six domestic matches - their worst run in Rodgers' three years at the club.
Leicester finished fifth last season, narrowly missing out on Champions League qualification, and the club hoped the kick on this season. They also won the FA Cup in 2020/21 but were knocked out in harrowing 4-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest two weeks ago.
Rodgers probably has some credit in the bank with the club's owners - and they said on Monday that he had their support - but they have shown they can be ruthless, sacking Claudio Ranieri the season after he steered Leicester to the Premier League title.
Rodgers' price of 11/10 in the next manager to leave market shows that bettors think there's every chance his fall from grace will be just as dramatic as the Italian's.
No Manager to Leave comes next in the market at 5/1, although 6/1 on Marcelo Bielsa - another manager who achieved great things with his team in previous seasons - is an interesting one after Leeds lost 4-2 to Manchester United.
Ten Hag backed for United job
The Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag is the 6/4 favourite to be Manchester United's next manager after a run of underwhelming results saw Ralf Rangnick drift in the betting.
The Red Devils' 1-1 draw at Burnley on Tuesday was second time in four days that they surrendered a lead in the second-half and ended the match on the backfoot.
Rangnick has made United tighter in defence but they look muddled and lacking in conviction up front. The German is 5/1 to be the manager next season.
Mauricio Pochettino follows Ten Hag in the betting. The Argentine, who is in charge of PSG, is 5/2 following a report yesterday which claimed he was United players' first choice to be their next manager.
United play Southampton in the Premier League tomorrow and our previewer is backing Saints to frustrate them.
Bettors cool on Rangnick with Ten Hag favourite for United job
Ralf Rangnick is out to 5/1 to be Manchester United manager next season while Erik ten Hag is the favourite to become the club's next permanent manager even though he recently called Old Trafford a "managerial graveyard".
The Ajax boss is 6/4 for the Red Devils hotseat as Old Trafford chiefs try to find a manager that can stem the tide of chaos at the club and get them challenging for trophies again.
United's chances of silverware took a serious dent on Friday night when they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Middlesbrough on penalties. It was a new low in a miserable season and means the Champions League is now the only competition United could conceivably win - and odds of 23.022/1 on the Exchange show you what bettors think about the chances of that happening.
United's insipid performance against Middlesbrough will have rung alarm bells among the club's heirarchy and, if Rangnick is to have any chance of extending his stay in the dugout beyond the current campaign, the team need to finish in the Premier League's top four.
But they are out to 3.1511/5 on the Exchange with Tottenham shorter at 2.546/4 to grab a Champions League place for next season.
Ten Hag has overtaken both Rangnick and Mauricio Pochettino 5/2 in the next United manager betting.
Brendan Rodgers, meanwhile, is 13/2 to get the job and 9/2 in the next Premier League manager to leave market following his Leicester side's 4-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the Cup yesterday.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who missed a penalty against Middlesbrough, cut a despondent figure at the end of United's Cup defeat. His return to Old Trafford is turning into a nightmare, and you can bet on the likelihood of him staying next season.
Next up for the Reds is a trip to Burnley in the Premier League on Tuesday night , so find out where our previewer is putting his money.
Bet on Hodgson's chances of last the season
Watford have already sacked two managers this season, so will new boss Roy Hodgson become the third or will see out the season at Vicarage Road?
That's the question posed by a new market on Hodgson and the Hornets.
The man who has pulled off rescue missions at Fulham and Crystal Palace has been appointed by the famously volatile Watford owners to do it again at the Hertfordshire club.
He faces a baptism of fire with a relegation six-pointer away to Burnley on Saturday.
Of course, a man of Hodgson's experience will not be daunted by the task but, with Watford 19th in the table and 1.444/9 for the drop, he knows he has it all to do.
Lampard set for Everton?
We have suspended betting on the Next Permanent Everton Manager market amid reports that Frank Lampard has been offered the job.
Lampard had been heavily backed in recent days after fans protested at the potential appointment of Vitor Pereira, while on Friday it was revealed that Wayne Rooney turned down the opportunity to be interviewed by the Goodison Park club.
If he accepts the job, it is expected Lampard will be confirmed the new Everton manager sometime next week but in time for him to take charge of the Toffees' home game against Brentford in the FA Cup next Saturday.
Lampard attracts more support in market
Frank Lampard shortened to 2/9 in the next Everton manager betting on Thursday amid reports of a second interview at the club.
The 43-year-old has been out of work for exactly a year after he was sacked by Chelsea and bettors now make him the man most likely to get the chance to try to revive Everton's fortunes.
Lampard became the favourite on Wednesday and his odds have continued to tumble, while previous favourite Vitor Pereira drifted out to 10/3.
The Portuguese had been firm favourite but outcry from fans over his potential appointment gave owner Farhad Moshiri second thoughts. In a bid to win over Evertonians, Pereira went on Sky to describe his talks with the Everton board and explained his plans for the club.
But fans remain unconvinced and Lampard is now the clear favourite in the market. Punters will be wary, however, having already seen Roberto Martinez and Pereira drift out after looking nailed on to get the job.
Lampard new favourite for Goodison role after fan protests
Frank Lampard has been backed into odds-on prices to become new Everton manager after fans protested against the potential appointment of Vitor Pereira, who was 4/11 to take the role.
Hornets have their man
Watford have tonight confirmed the appointment of former Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson as their new manager
Hodgson odds-on for Hornets
Roy Hodgson is odds-on to make a sensational return to management by taking over at Watford amid reports that the former England boss's appointment will be confirmed today.
Claudio Ranieri was sacked yesterday after less than four months in charge and Hodgson is said to be keen to become the Hornets' third manager this season.
He pulled off a great escape with Fulham in 2017, taking over at Christmas when they had just two wins on the board.
Ten years later, he rescued Crystal Palace, steadied the ship and remained in charge until last summer.
Watford are 19th, and 1.444/9 on the Exchange for relegation, but only two points from safety.
When Hodgson stepped down from Palace at the end of last season it was widely thought that he had retired. However, at 74 he still thinks he can do a job and is up for a Premier League return.
About time for a new manager at Watford...
Claudio Ranieri has reportedly been sacked as Watford manager after enduring a horror run of results having replaced Xisco Munoz earlier this season.
So trigger happy are the Watford owners, the Pozzo family, that Ranieri was almost the favourite to be next Premier League manager sacked as soon as he was appointed and never went bigger than 3.259/4 in that market...
In our early Next Watford Manager market, Italy legend Fabio Cannavaro is the 2/1 favourite despite having never managed in Europe.
Frank Lampard, who's been out of a job since being sacked by Chelsea, is next in the market at 4/1 with Paulo Fonseca - now a familiar name on these markets - in at 6/1
Pereira backed and could take job today
Vitor Pereira is the 4/11 favourite to be the next permanent Everton manager after his odds shortened dramatically over night.
The Portuguese, who most recently worked as manager of Fenerbache, was backed from 11/4 to 4/11 overnight and is now the clear favourite to become Everton's next manager.
Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney are both 6/1 following Everton's defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday under interim boss Duncan Ferguson who is out to 9/1.
Ferguson takes charge on interim basis
Duncan Ferguson is the 8/5 favourite to be the next permanent Everton manager after it was confirmed he would take charge of the team for Saturday's match against Aston Villa.
Everton then have a fortnight until their next fixture, against Brentford in the FA Cup, so they could have a permanent boss in place by then.
Wayne Rooney has also shortened in the betting, to 2/1, with the Derby County manager reported to be among those the Everton board plan to speak with.
Frank Lampard 11/2, who has been out of work and linked with several jobs since being sacked by Chelsea a year ago, could also be interviewed.
Roberto Martinez, who was favourite to take the job before the Belgian FA rejected a proposal for him to job share the Everton role with his duties as Belgium manager, is out to 6/1.
Martinez drifts as Ferguson and Gattuso backed
Roberto Martinez remains the favourite to be the next Everton manager but he has drifted to odds against while money has come in for other potential candidates.
Duncan Ferguson has shortened to 5/2 overnight.
Ferguson enjoyed a successful spell as caretaker manager after Marco Silva was sacked by the Toffees board, but was not thought to be serious candidate to get the job permanently this time.
A manager must be in charge of a team for 10 matches to count as its next permanent manager in the Betfair market.
Martinez, who managed Everton from 2013-16, wants the job but the Royal Belgian Football Association rejected a proposal for their head coach to combine his role with managing the Premier League club.
Wayne Rooney is still in contention for a return to Goodison Park as manager at https://www.betfair.com/sport/football/specials/2608550/next-permanent-everton-manager/924.286220944.
Frank Lampard is 15/2 but there has been support in the betting for the former-Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso and he's in to 10/1.
Martinez now odds-on to replace Rafa
Roberto Martinez is the odds-on favourite to become the next Everton manager nearly six years after he was sacked by the club.
Everton are looking for a new manager after the owner Farhad Moshiri brought to an Rafael Benitez's miserable six month reign on Sunday. This followed Saturday's 2-1 defeat at relegation-threatened Norwich City.
Martinez is 5/6 to become Everton's sixth manager in six years after his odds were cut from 4/1 overnight.
Duncan Ferguson could take temporary charge, with 16th-placed Everton playing Aston Villa on Saturday.
The Toffees are six points about the relegation zone and 8.615/2 to go down.
Martinez is the clear front-runner in a market where Ferguson 10/3, Wayne Rooney 7/2 and Nuno Espirito 9/1 are considered his nearest rivals for the job. Out of work Frank Lampard is 10/1.
Find out how Alex Keble rates Benitez's potential successors and get a best bet for next Everton manager.
Martinez may return for 'unfinished business'
Ferguson previously impressed in a spell as caretaker manager following the sacking of Marco Silva. It would be a surprise, however, if the Scot were considered as a plausible long-term option.
Rooney is doing great work at Derby County, in near-impossible circumstances. His Derby side have been hit by a 21 point deductions after the club went into administration but moved off the bottom of the Championship on Saturday with their fourth win in five matches.
But the former-Everton and England man has only been in the job for a year and, while he may one day be in the Goodison Park dugout, the vacancy may have come too soon this time.
Martinez was manager of Everton for three years. He has been in charge of Belgium since 2016, taking them to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020.
He has said he has "unfinished business" at Goodison.
Belgium are among the leading contenders at this year's World Cup in Qatar but have only one match, a friendly against Slovenia, before the end of this season, so it is possible he could balance the two roles at first.
Everton have sacked manager Rafa Benitez
As mentioned in the previous update, Derby boss Wayne Rooney is the 6/5 favourite to be the Next Permanent Everton Manager.
We will have a comprehensive preview of the candidates for the Goodison Park job, plus a revised 'sack race' market, on Monday morning.
Former Everton favourites lead the betting to replace Benitez
With Rafa Benitez expected to be sacked following urgent talks at the Goodison Park club - he is now massive odds-on at 1/18 in the Next Manager to Leave Their Club market - the Betfair Sportsbook has seen plenty of support for a former Toffees star to become the next boss.
In the Next Permanent Everton Manager market current Derby boss Wayne Rooney is the strong 6/5 favourite to replace Benitez, though he has slightly drifted from 5/6 overnight.
Rooney appears to be doing an excellent job at Derby and on Saturday oversaw the team's fourth league win in their last five games, a result that saw the club move off the bottom of the table for the first time since being deducted a total of 21 points.
Without the points deducation Derby would be in the top 10 in the Championship and firmly in the hunt for a play-off place.
If, as expected, Benitez is sacked then another firm favourite at Goodison Park, Duncan Ferguson, could be put in temporary charge until the club finds a new manager.
Ferguson is 7/2 second favourite in the next Everton manager market and would be deemed a winner if he is in charge for at least 10 successive games. Belgium manager Roberto Martinez is next in at 4/1 with currently out-of-work Frank Lampard available to back at 13/2.
Benitez back to odds-on to go following Norwich defeat
Managerial sackings are rare during transfer windows as club owners up and down the country put their cash in the trust of their current managers, but when a high profile team is getting bad result after bad result then someone being shown the door is most definitely not out of the question.
That seems to be the case at Everton, who suffered yet another league defeat when going down 2-1 to rock-bottom Norwich on Saturday afternoon.
The result is a new low for Toffees boss Rafa Benitez who rushed straight down the tunnel to a chorus of boos from the away fans at the final whistle, with some supporters holding a large banner that read, "BENTIEZ GET OUT OF OUR CLUB".
The Spaniard is 4/11 favourite in the next manager to leave market, ahead of Watford boss Claudio Ranieri (10/3) who oversaw a very respectable 1-1 draw at fellow relegation candidates Newcastle.
Everton currently sit 15th in the table, six points about the drop zone, having won just one of their last 13 Premier League games. The Toffees can be backed at 7.87/1 in the Relegation market on the Betfair Exchange.
Ranieri backed after Foxes tear apart Hornets
The Watford owners have made such a habit of sacking managers in recent deasons that it's tempting to wonder what's keeping them from sacking Claudio Ranieri.
The Italian is 17/10 in the next manager to leave market following the Hornets' 4-1 defeat to Leciester in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Rafael Benitez, whose Everton side won 3-2 at Hull, is the same price as Ranieri, as bettors remain sceptical that the Spaniard can turn things around on the blue half of Merseyside.
Ranieri wasn't appointed at Vicarage Road to oversee a Cup run but Saturday's defeat was Watford's 10th in his 12 matches in charge, a dismal record that surely means he is hanging by a thread.
Last week, they brought in Hassane Kamara, Samir and Edo Kayembe and Ranieri is hoping all three can have an immediate impact in making Watford stronger in defence.
They are 17th in the Premier League, two points above the dropzone, but at 1.528/15 they are a shorter price for relegation than Burnley 1.664/6 and Newcastle 2.47/5 who both sit below them.
Watford travel to Newcastle for a relegation six-pointer on Saturday - a match that could prove decisive for Ranieri's future at the club.
Pochettino backed as United struggle under Rangnick
Will Manchester United ever see the real Ralf Rangnick? The highly-respected German was expected to make an immediate impact in his time as interim boss at Old Trafford but, after last night's defeat at home to Wolves, fans must be wondering what on earth is going on.
He is still the favourite to be United's manager at the start of next season but the price has drifted to 7/5 while Mauricio Pochettino has shortened to 21/10.
As the team struggled with Rangnick's 4-2-2-2 system against Wolves, before changing formation for the second-half, United's play was less a case of Rangnick's lauded gegenpress and simply a terrible mess.
The club's problems run deep and there are no short term solutions, but against Wolves the Red Devils looked as bad as they have all season. Under Rangnick they have won three, drawn one and lost one in the Premier League, with all five opponents in the bottom half of the table.
United are out to 3.02/1 to finish in top four this season. They are seventh in the table, two points adrift of sixth-placed Tottenham who have a game in hand.
Rangnick's next assignment is an FA Cup tie at home to Aston Villa on Monday.
Pochettino, meanwhile, last night oversaw a 4-0 win for his PSG team in the French cup. They are 13 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 and into the last 16 of the Champions League. And yet there is a growing sense that the Argentine will not stay at PSG beyond season.
United will be monitoring the situation, especially if they continue to struggle under Rangnick's management.
Benitez 6/4 to be next manager out
New Year same old story for Rafael Benitez's Everton after their defeat to Brighton - which was tipped by our match previewer - piled pressure on the Spaniard.
By half-time, they were 2-0 down at Goodison Park.
A second-half fightback, which saw the Toffees score two goals and eventually lose 3-2, gave the manager some encouragement, but did nothing to change the fact Everton have one win in 12 games.
Benitez is 6/4 to become the seventh Premier League manager to lose his job this season.
There are signs, however, that he will be give time to turn the situation around.
Everton have been quick off the mark in the January transfer window, signing Ukraine left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko for nearly £18m.
It could be that Claudio Ranieri, whose Watford side have lost six in a row, is a better bet at 2/1 as the Hornets board rarely give manager time to reverse the team's fortunes once things start to go awry.
Ranieri exit odds shorten after Watford defeat to West Ham
Claudio Ranieri is 10/3 to become the seventh Premier League manager - and the second Watford boss - to lose his job this season after his Hornets side suffered a heavy defeat to West Ham on Tuesday.
Emmanuel Bonaventure put Watford 1-0 up in four minutes at Vicarage Road but that was as good as it got for the hosts. The Hammers were 2-1 up by half-time and added a couple more after the break, winning 4-1.
It was Watford's first game since 10 December due to covid, but the break appeared to have done them no good at all as they registered their fifth consecutive defeat.
The club's Italian owners are notoriously ruthless when it comes to sacking managers and it would be no surprise if Ranieri were to be dismissed less than three months after he took over.
Watford are 17th in the Premier League, two points above the drop zone, but they have played two more games than Burnley in 18th. Ranieri's men are 1.758/11 to be relegated.
Last time Watford were in the Premier League, in 2019/20, the owners sacked three managers during the season.
Bielsa shortens again after another heavy defeat
Marcelo Bielsa has been trimmed to 7/2 in the Next PL Manager to Leave Their Club market after Leeds United suffered another heavy defeat, this time a home 1-4 loss to Arsenal.
Earlier in the week Bielsa was cut to 9/2 (from 16/1) to be the next manager to be sacked after Leeds were humiliated 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
Bielsa's posistion is not being helped by a lengthy injury list that includes pivotal players such as Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford, Liam Cooper, Diego Llorente, Rodrygo and Daniel James. Against Arsenal, Jack Harrison had to be substituted during the first half with a hip injury.
Next up for Leeds is a trip to title chasers Liverpool on Boxing Day where a third consecutive heavy defeat looks very likely.
Bielsa is the second favourite to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked behind 1/4 favourite Rafa Benitez.
Bielsa second favourite to go next
The odds shortened on Marcelo Bielsa becoming the next Premier League manager to leave his job after Leeds United were thumped 7-0 by Manchester City on Tuesday night.
The Argentine is 9/2 in the Sportsbook market.
The champions were in ruthless mood at the Etihad as they exposed the Yorkshire side's defensive flaws and left them five points above the relegation zone, having played two games more than 18th-placed Burnley.
Leeds are 5.04/1 for relegation and have won just once in their last seven matches.
Bielsa has credit in the bank at Leeds after ending their long exile from the top flight, getting them promoted in 2020 and keeping them up last season.
But they have won just three of their 17 matches in the league this season.
Bielsa is a complelling and unpredictable figure and has made abrupt exits from clubs in the past.
Leeds' next match is at home to Arsenal on Saturday.
Benitez heavy odds-on for exit
Rafael Benitez is 1/7 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his job after Everton were beaten 3-1 by Crystal Palace.
The Spaniard earned himself breathing space with last Monday's win against Arsenal but the pressure is back on after the Toffees' latest defeat.
They were lacklustre for at least an hour, during which time Palace went 2-0 up, before a late fightback saw the Blues push for an equaliser. Palace put the result beyond doubt with their third goal in injury time.
Benitez has been given more control at Goodison Park following the departure of director of football Marcel Brands, but the team cannot go on performing as poorly as they did on Sunday.
They are 14th in the Premier League, with one win in 10 matches and next they play Chelsea on Thursday at Stamford Bridge.
On the Exchange Everton are 2.9215/8 to finish in the top 10.
Claudio Ranieri is Benitez's nearest rivals in the next manager to leave market at 11/2.
Rangnick backed to stay after United win
Ralf Rangnick was backed to continue as Manchester United manager beyond this season after the team won his first match in charge.
The Red Devils beat Crystal Palace 1-0 yesterday and, although they wasted chances and tailed off in the second-half, there was a new intensity about United.
Now Rangnick, who has a six month contract, is 7/4 to still be in charge at the beginning of next season, although Mauricio Pochettino is still the favourite at 6/4.
They are 1.910/11 to finish the season in the Premier League top four.
Benitez heavy odds-on for sack after derby disaster
Rafael Benitez is 1/7 to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked after his Everton side lost 4-1 at home to Liverpool.
Fans have been vocal in their criticism of the Everton board, and told them not to use Benitez as a shield from their own failings, but the Goodison faithful also chanted for the Spaniard to be sacked on Wednesday night.
At the current odds he is the firm favourite to become the seventh top flight boss to lose his job this season. Everton are 14th in the Premier League and host Arsenal in their next match on Monday.
There is no such front runner in the market on who will replace him. Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand 3/1 is the favourite but he was strongly linked with the Aston Villa job before drifting out of contention.
Nuno Espirito Santo 9/2, Frank Lampard 6/1 and Duncan Ferguson 6/1 are also in the mix.
Newcastle relegation odds shorten as Howe targets signings
Eddie Howe wants to sign players in January but, after they failed to beat Norwich at St James' Park last night, Newcastle's relegation odds shortened and transfer targets will have to weigh up the possibility of Championship football.
Howe's men are bottom of the Premier League, winless after 14 matches and 1.674/6 for relegation.
Last night looked like a perfect opportunity to get their first victory, when they hosted the team directly above them in the table, but Newcastle were reduced to 10 men after nine minutes and, despite taking the lead, drew 1-1.
James Tarkowski, the Burnley defender, is 6/5 to sign for Newcastle while Aaron Ramsey, who would give them some much needed creativity in attack, is 11/4.
Nathan Ake 7/2 , who played for Howe at Bournemouth, is another potential target, while an attempt to prise Wilfried Zaha 5/1 from Crystal Palace is not out of the question, according to the odds.
Jesse Lingard, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho are all 6/1. Money talks but so does the Premier League table and it's questionable whether that trio would sign up for a relegation fight, regardless of how much Newcastle's wealthy owners are prepared to pay them.
Next Everton manager market opens ahead of derby
The market on the next manager of Everton opened as underfire boss Rafael Benitez prepares his players for a do or die derby against Liverpool tomorrow night.
Benitez is 4/6 to be the next manager to leave after a run of poor results left Everton 14th in the Premier League.
In the next Everton manager market Kasper Hjulmand, who currently manages Denmark, is the favourite at 3/1.
Nuno Espirito Santo 9/2, Frank Lampard 6/1, Duncan Ferguson 15/2 and Graham Potter 9/1 are also prominent in the market.
Read Dave Tindall's preview of Everton v Liverpool and get his tips.
Will Rangnick start Ronaldo?
Roy Keane certainly didn't think Michael Carrick made the right decision in resting Cristiano Ronaldo against Chelsea; but will Ralf Rangnick restore the Portuguese to the starting line-up for Arsenal? In our latest Yes/No topical market, you can bet on whether the new United boss will do that.
We caught up with Dimitar Berbatov for his view on the selection controversy.
"Against Chelsea, they didn't lose the game, they performed well in parts of the match and, because of that, you can say leaving Ronaldo out of the starting 11 was a justified decision from Michael Carrick.
"Carrick said that he had a conversation with Ronaldo explaining the situation and he reacted in a positive way. Obviously, this is a player with a legendary status in world football, so, he demands eye-to-eye conversations and I'm pretty sure that was the case here. Ronaldo took it and in my opinion handled it really well. When he came on in the game, he tried to do everything he could for the team.
"I think against Arsenal he is going to play because I don't see him resting two games in a row, two important games at that as well. Overall, I was surprised that he didn't start against Chelsea but I am expecting him to start against Arsenal."
Rangnick confirmed as United interim manager
Manchester United have confirmed the appointed of Ralph Rangnick as interim manager on a six month contract.
The deal is subject to a work permit and would see Rangnick continue for a further two years at the club in a consultancy role.
Pochettino favourite to be United manager at start of next season
Mauricio Pochettino is 8/15 to be Manchester United manager at the start of next season.
Ralf Rangnick is set to be appointed as United's interim manager - possibly in time for Thursday's match against Arsenal - and is 5/1 to still be in charge at the start of the 2022/23 campaign.
Pochettino continues to be linked with the club amid rumours that he is unsettled at Paris Saint-Germain and would like to join United. It is thought he would have no problem with working alongside Rangnick if, as expected, the German stays on in a directorial role beyond this season.
The Ajax manager Erik ten Haag comes next in the betting at 9/2 even though he has distanced himself form the Unied job.
Boos for Benitez as he's cut to 7/4 to leave next
Rafa Benitez is the new 7/4 favourite in the Next Premier League Manager to Leave Their Club market after Everton lost 2-1 to Brentford on Sunday afternoon, a game that ended with the away fans booing their 'ex-Liverpool' manager.
Benitez was available to back at 5/1 prior to the match, but the defeat has seen his odds shorten dramatically and he's now the clear favourite ahead of Ralph Hasenhuttle at 13/5 and Brendan Rodgers at 5/1.
After a promising start to the season the Toffees are now without a win in their last seven Premier League games and they've collected just two points from the last 21 available, leaving them 14th in the table, six points above the drop zone.
Everton can be backed at 2.111/10 in the Top 10 Finish market, while they are trading at 9.617/2 to be relegated.
Betting suspended on next Man Utd manager with Rangnick set to be confirmed
Betting has been suspended in the Betfair Sportsbook market on the next Manchester United manager with the appointment of Ralf Rangnick looking inevitable.
About 24 hours ago Rangnick became the heavy odds-on favourite to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following reports that the German had agreed terms with the club. Confirmation of the deal depended on Rangnick's current employer, Lokomotiv Moscow, giving it their blessing.
Since then the football community has been reactiong (Jurgen Klopp called it "bad news for the other teams") and Betting.Betfair contributors have shared their views.
Betfair ambassador Dimitar Berbatov, who played against Rangnick's teams in the Bundesliga, struck a cautious note, pointing out that the 63-year-old has never managed a club as big as United.
German football expert Kevin Hatchard was unequivocal in his preview of United's trip to Chelsea this weekend, writing:
"If they'll let him, the German could revolutionise a club that has suffered from a serious case of inertia."
If confirmed in the job, Rangnick will take charge of the team from next week, initially on a six month contract.
Rangnick heavy odds-on for United after agreeing interim role
Ralf Rangnick is heavy odds-on in the next Manchester United manager betting after reportedly agreeing a six month deal that would see him in charge of the Red Devils for the remainder of the season.
The deal is subject to the approval of Lokomotiv Moscow where Rangnick is currently working as Head of Sports and Development.
Work permit issues mean Rangnick will not be in the dugout for United's trip to Chelsea on Sunday so Michael Carrick is likely to be in charge again.
Rangnick was most recently manager of RB Leipzig which he left in 2019.
The plan is for Rangnick to manage the team for the rest of the 2021/22 campaign while United try to find a long-term successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was sacked last weekend following a fourth Premier League defeat in five matches.
United are 2.26/5 to finish in the Premier League top four this season.
United will have to wait for Poch
Does Mauricio Pochettino have the cojones to ask Paris Saint-Germain to terminate his contract as manager? That's probably what he'll need to do if he wants to join Manchester United sooner rather than later.
United have reportedly had an initial approach rebuffed by the French club but they will try again. Pochettino has drifted to 3/1 to be next United manager while Ernesto Valverde, who has been sounded out about taking the role until the end of the season, is 7/2.
Pochettino is 5.69/2 to be United manager by Christmas and 1.162/13 not to be - so bettors think the Red Devils will have to wait to get their man.
Ralf Rangnick's name has also been bandied about again in the past 24 hours, with reports suggesting the German is also in the frame for the job as interim manager. He is 11/2.
Ex-Dormtund manager Lucien Favre 13/2, who is currently out of work, is also mentioned.
Will Reds get Poch before Christmas? Bet on it
Manchester United fans are down in the dumps but, if they can bring in Mauricio Pochettino before Christmas, they will be smiling.
The club appear to have identified the Argentine as their first choice to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a permanent basis - he is the 6/4 favourite - but can United get Poch by Christmas? Betfair have opened a market on it.
The early odds indicated that bettors think the Red Devils have a job on their hands to prise Pochettino out of PSG in the immediate future. But it looks like he is keen on the United role, his family are still based in England and, in Zinedine Zidane, the French club may have a replacement lined up.
Odds slashed on Valverde for United job amid reports
Ernest Valverde has been backed in the next Man Utd manager market amid reports the club have approached him about taking the job on an interim basis for the rest of the season.
But Mauricio Pochettino 6/4 is still the favourite and Valverde is 9/2.
Yesterday, Pochettino failed to say he would fulfil his contract at Paris Saint-Germain, which runs until 2023, when he held a press conference ahead of the French club's clash with Manchester City in the Champions League tonight.
However, it could be difficult for United to appoint him before the end of the season, so they are still working on plans to find an interim manager.
Valverde, who has been out of work since leaving Barcelona in 2020 after a two-and-a-half year reign which saw the team win La Liga twice and a Copa del Rey, could fit the bill.
He has experience of managing one of the world's biggest club and handling decorated players with large egos.
Poch heavily backed to take Old Trafford hotseat
With reports suggesting Mauricio Pochettino is prepared to leave Paris for Old Trafford immediately, the former Spurs manager his now odds-on in our Next Manchester United manager market on the Exchange.
PSG are understood to be demanding £10m compensation for the Argentinian so it won't be a straightforward deal but bettors are increasingly confident United can get it across the line.
Pochettino favoured ahead of Rodgers, Zidane, Ten Hag
Mauricio Pochettino is the favourite to become Manchester United's next permanent manager, amid reports that he would be open to leaving PSG if the Premier League club make an approach.
The former-Tottenham manager joined PSG, where he was previously a player, less than a year ago but is said to have problems with the structure of the club where he works under ex-Brazil player Leonardo.
Pochettino is 21/10 ahead of Brendan Rodgers 7/2, Michael Carrick 4/1, Erik ten Hag 7/1 and Zinedine Zidane 17/2.
Carrick is in temporary charge as United travel to Villarreal for an important Champions League match on Tuesday.
The odds quoted above are for the market on the next permanent United manager. The club said on Sunday they would look to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season.
The German coach Ralf Rangnick, who is currently in charge of development at Lokomotiv Moscow, has been talked about as a possible candidate for the role. The Manchester Evening News is reporting that Rangnick has told United he would be interested in the interim role.
In the betting on the next permanent United manager, Rangnick is 12/1.
United want Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino is Manchester United's number one choice to become the club's next manager, but not until the summer report Sky Sports News.
If the former Spurs boss is appointed at Old Trafford after this season has concluded it means that it's almost impossible for him to be a winner in the Next Permanent Man Utd Manager market as it will mean that someone - unless United sack a few interim managers - will manage the club this campaign for at least 10 games.
However, that hasn't stopped punters backing the current PSG boss in the hope that the United hierarchy can convince him to join earlier, and the 49-year-old is now 17/2 in the market.
A host of big names are already being linked with the United job, though early favourites Zinedine Zidane and Brendan Rodgers have drifted out to 3/1 and 5/1 respectively with the Sportsbook seeing money for Ralf Rangnick (introduced at 15/2) and Luis Enrique (12/1 from 25/1).
Carrick backed because of 10-game rule
As mentioned in the previous update, any manager who takes charge of Manchester United for at least 10 games, whether classed as an interim/caretaker manager or not, will be settled as the winner in the Next Permanent Man Utd Manager market.
This rule puts Michael Carrick in the driving seat for now as he is likely to be in charge for at least the next few games, and as a result he has been backed into 7/2 in the above named market.
Zinedine Zidane is a quick drifter, out to 21/10 from an earlier 10/11, while Brendan Rodgers is next in at 13/5.
This promises to be a fast moving market so stay tuned for regular updates throughout the coming days.
Next Permanent Man Utd Manager Odds:
- 21/10 Zinedine Zidane
- 13/5 Brendan Rodgers
- 7/2 Michael Carrick
- 6/1 Darren Fletcher
- 10/1 Eric ten Hag
- 18/1 BAR
Manchester United have sacked manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Zinedine Zidane is the 10/11 favourite to take over at Old Trafford, just ahead of Brendan Rodgers at 15/8.
Solskjaer leaves the club following Saturday's humiliating 4-1 defeat to newly-promoted Watford, a result that leaves United outside of the top six in the Premier League and fully 12 points behind current leaders Chelsea.
Michael Carrick will take temporary charge of team affairs until an interim or permanent manager is appointed.
Remember, any manager taking charge of the club for 10 or more games will be settled as the winner in the Next Permanent Manchester United Manager market.
Over £175k was traded on the Yes/No Solskjaer to leave before 26 December market on the Betfair Exchange.
Is Solskjaer's time coming to an end?
It seems we've been here before, many times, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now just 1/9 to be the Next PL Manager to Leave Their Club after Manchester United were humiliated 4-1 at newly-promoted Watford on Saturday afternoon.
Full story here.
Zidane interested in United job as Solskjaer prepares for Watford
Zinedine Zidane is 5/2 to become the next Manchester United manager amid reports the Frenchman is coming around to the idea of taking over at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains under pressure at United and, defeat for the Red Devils at Watford on Saturday, could force the board to sack him. United are 1.548/15 in the early betting on the Vicarage Road clash but fans of Solskjaer's inconsistent side will take nothing for granted.
He is 2.166/5 on the Exchange to be gone by Boxing Day. The board would like to give him time to turn things around but, if results continue to go against United and it looks like they will fail to finish in the top four, a decision will probably need to be made. For that reason, the Norwegian is 4/9 in the next manager to leave betting.
Brendan Rodgers 4/6 is still the favourite to be next United manager but, unlike the Leicester boss, PSG's Mauricio Pochettino 11/2 and Ajax's Erik ten Hag 9/1, Zidane is out of work since leaving Madrid last summer.
In his two stints at the Bernabeu he won two La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues and two Club World Cup crowns.
It has been reported that he would like to return to management in France but, with former charges Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane at United, as well as countrymen Paul Pogba, Zidane could be attracted to Old Trafford.
Early odds on Villa, Newcastle and Norwich this weekend
Now that the international break is almost over, and many players have returned to their clubs, thoughts turn to the Premier League and, in particular, three teams starting life under new management this weekend.
Fortunately, for Steve Gerrard, Eddie Howe and Dean Smith all three are at home, which should help. All three kick-off at 3pm on Saturday.
Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa host Brighton and, while the seventh-placed Seagulls have been one of the success stories of the season, the Villains are 2.6213/8 favourites.
It's an intriguing match-up, with two of the most promising young English managers meeting for the first time. Villa have lost their last five, mind you, and Brighton may be value at 3.02/1 with the draw 3.412/5.
Eddie Howe has had the longest of the new trio to acclimatise to his surroundings. He may be under the most pressure, however, with a packed St James' Park and the club's new owners looking on and the team in a relegation fight.
The Magpies are 2.767/4 to beat Brentford 2.789/5 and the draw is 3.55/2.
Dean Smith only got the Norwich job on Monday, the team sit bottom of the table and are 1.824/5 to end the season there.
Last time out, the Canaries picked up their first win, away at Brentford, and they are 3.7511/4 to make it two in a row against Southampton 2.166/5. The draw is 3.65.
It's been a whirlwind few days for Smith who began the international break being sacked by Villa only to be appointed at Carrow Road a week later.
Bettors think Smith faces huge task to save Canaries
Norwich City are 1.834/5 to finish bottom of the Premier League this season after they confirmed Dean Smith as their new manager.
The 50-year-old said he was pleased to be back in Premier League management only a week after he was sacked by Aston Villa following five consecutive defeats.
The Canaries sit 20th in the Premier League, five points from safety, with just one win in their 11 matches. They are 1.21/5 for relegation but, in Smith, they have appointed a man who kept Villa up for two seasons after getting them promoted from the Championship.
With more than two-thirds of the season remaining he has time to save Norwich, although they need to build on the momentum from their win at Brentford last time out.
Smith will hope to start with a win when they host Southampton on Saturday.
In Scotland, meanwhile, Giovanni van Bronckhorst is way out in front as the 1/9 favourite to become the next Rangers manager.
The Dutchman, who played for Rangers from 1998 to 2001, managed in China most recently, although he steered Feyenoord to the Eredivisie title.
Frank Lampard is his nearest rival in the market 13/2 as the Scottish champions try to find a replacement for Steven Gerrard who was appointed as Villa manager last week after three-and-a-half years at Ibrox.
Norwich set to appoint former Villa boss
It's certainly been a week of manager merry-go-rounds with Premier League clubs sacking managers and hiring new ones, and the latest club set to fill a manager vacancy is Norwich, who are very close to naming Dean Smith - who was sacked from Aston Villa six days ago - as their new boss.
Smith was available to back at just 1/33 in the Next Permanent Norwich Manager market earlier today but the Sportsbook have now suspended the betting with an announcement from Carrow Road expected very soon.
The Canaries sit bottom of the Premier League table despite winning their first game of the season with a 2-1 victory at Brentford last Saturday. Manager Daniel Farke was sacked just hours after the game.
Norwich are trading at 1.211/5 in the Relegation market on the Exchange, while they can be backed at 1.845/6 to finish Rock Bottom.
Will Ole go by Boxing Day?
He's been favourite to be next Premier League manager out multiple times already this season only to see others fall by the wayside and now you can bet solely on him in our latest market.
Asking a simple yes/no question we put it to our customers 'Will Ole be gone by December 26?'
The betting is tight with Yes 2.0421/20 and No 1.9210/11.
There's no doubt he's led a charmed life so far this season, surviving in the Old Trafford hotseat despite seeing United beaten by Manchester City, Liverpool, Leicester and Aston Villa in the top-flight in the last two months.
Ole will have to negotiate nine fixtures by Boxing Day, that run includes a very tricky three game run starting with Chelsea away at the end of November. Arsenal are next, visiting Old Trafford on December 2, before Crystal Palace pay a visit.
There is also Champions League qualification still to be completed and November 23's game at Villareal is another pressurised encounter.
It's a fascinating market - which way do you sway?
Gerrard leaves Rangers to become new Villa manager
Steve Gerrard has left Rangers after three-and-a-half years to become the new manager of Aston Villa.
The club decided he was the outstanding candidate to succeed Dean Smith who was sacked after five consecutive defeats with Villa just two points above the relegation zone. They are 6.611/2 to go down.
Gerrard's first match in charge will be at home to Brighton on Saturday 20 November.
His departure leaves a vacancy at Rangers where he will be a hard act to follow, having guided the club to their first Scottish Premiership title for 10 years and a good run in the Europa League.
Gers legend Giovanni van Bronckhorst is the 6/5 favourite to get the job in a market where Swansea manager Russell Martin 3/1 and Derek McInnes 7/2 are also prominent.
Frank Lampard and John Terry are both 12/1.
Gerrard massive odds-on to swap Ibrox for Villa Park
Steve Gerrard has shortened to 1/9 on the Sportsbook amid growing speculation that he will become Aston Villa's new manager.
The market makes the Rangers boss, who steered the Gers to their first Scottish Premiership title for a decade last season, the overwhelming favourite ahead of John Terry and Frank Lampard, available to back at 9/1 and 10/1 respectively, though the ex Liverpool man can still be backed at 1.384/11 on the Exchange.
Liverpool legend Gerrard is well known to Villa chief executive and ex-Reds managing director Christian Purslow and Villa's hierarchy are impressed by Gerrard's work in revitalising Rangers in his first managerial job.
Villa are 16th in the Premier League, have lost their last five and are only two points above the relegation zone. They are 6.611/2 to go down.
The club hope to have appointed Dean Smith's successor in time for their next match at home to Brighton on Saturday 20 November.
Check out our Eddie Howe and Newcastle specials
Newcastle are 10/11 on Betfair to be relegated after Eddie Howe was appointed as the club's new manager.
The Magpies currently sit second bottom of the Premier League, with no win in their 11 games so far this season, and the new boss faces an enormous fight to save them. His first match in charge will be at home to Bournemouth on 20 November.
He has the international break to prepare and, in the meantime, Betfair have launched a range of Eddie Howe at Newcastle special markets.
Howe is 4/7 to be in charge at the start of next season which indicates that, even if they are relegated to the Championship, he'll keep his job. That makes sense as Howe took Bournemouth from League Two all the way to the Premier League where they remained for five seasons until they were relegated under him in 2020.
He is 7/2 to win a major trophy with Newcastle before the end of 2025.
If you disagree that Howe's in it for the long haul, you can get 11/4 on the Magpies going down and Howe leaving the club.
Solskjaer odds-on to go with Rodgers favourite for United job
Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the 4/9 favourite to be the next manager to leave his job. The Norwegian has gone back to his native country for a few days at the start of the international, while the debate rages on about whether he should be sacked by Manchester United. A growing number of fans on social media have called for him to resign.
Brendan Rodgers 13/2 follows Solskjaer in the betting. You probably don't need me to tell you that's because the Leicester boss is the favourite to get the United job next at 5/6.
Lampard and Gerrard backed for Norwich and Villa
The Lampard and Gerrard debate is back, except this time it's about whether they should get managerial roles in the Premier League.
Lampard, who was sacked by Chelsea in January, is 4/5 to be the next Norwich manager after holding talks with the club.
Prior to failing to get the best out of an expensively assembled Chelsea squad, which won the Champions League five months later under Thomas Tuchel, Lampard was in charge of Derby as they failed to win promotion to the Premier League. He could prove a controversial appointment.
Gerrard, on the other hand, hasn't managed in the Premier League but has won the Scottish Premiership with Rangers during his impressive spell in Glasgow. Now he's 6/5 to become next Aston Villa manager.
Find out why our tactical expert Alex Keble thinks the former-midfielder is the right man for the job.
John Terry is next in the betting at 4/1.
Gerrard is 6/4 to be the next Liverpool manager and, with Jurgen Klopp likely to be around for while yet, Villa Park could be a stepping stone to Anfield for ex-Reds legend.
Brendan Rodgers to Man Utd?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is 4/9 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his job. No surprise there but it is interesting to see Brendan Rodgers in to 13/2 second favourite. Join the dots and you see that's due to rumours that Rodgers could be the man to replace the Norwegian in the Old Trafford hot seat. He's been backed into 5/6 to take the role.
According to reports, Rodgers has agreed to take over from Solskjaer, although some say that will be during the current international while others say it will be next summer.
United would have to pay a heavy price to prise him from Leicester.
If you don't believe any of that, and wish to take Solskjaer and Rodgers out of the equation, then Claudio Ranieri is 15/2 to go next following Watford's defeat to Arsenal.
Gerrard odds-on for Villa job while Lampard leads Norwich betting
Rodgers former-charge Steve Gerrard, meanwhile, is odds-on to Aston Villa's next manager. The Liverpudlian has impressed during his time at Rangers, winning the SPL title last season, and is 10/11 to succeed Dean Smith who was sacked yesterday.
John Terry, who worked as Smith's assistant for two seasons, is 4/1 while Paulo Fonseca 5/1 is once again prominent in a Premier League manager market, having previously been backed for Spurs and Newcastle vacancies.
Kasper Hjulmand is an interesting one at 6/1. The Denmark boss, who impressed at Euro 2020, reportedly has admirers at Villa Park.
Frank Lampard, meanwhile, is 11/8 to become Norwich's next manager following the sacking of Daniel Farke on Saturday.
The ex-Chelsea boss has been out of work for almost a year since leaving Stamford Bridge and is keen to resume his managerial career.
Solskjaer odds-on to lose his job next
You can be forgiven for thinking football has gone back in time to around 15 years ago given that the names on most people's lips today are Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Back then though that trio of star names would often hit the headlines for what they did on the pitch, today they are being talked about because of what they are doing - or potentially might do - at the side of it.
As mentioned below Lampard is the 8/11 favourite in the Next Permanent Norwich Manager market following Daniel Farke's sacking on Saturday and Terry is the Evens favourite in the Next Permanent Aston Villa Manager market after Dean Smith received his marching orders on Sunday afternoon.
So while those two former England and Premier League stars are fancied to return to the game, it could be quite the opposite for Solskjaer at United as he is the strong 4/9 favourite in the Next PL Manager to Leave Their Club market amid reports that Brendan Rodgers has verbally agreed to join the Old Trafford outfit.
After five Premier League sackings this season this is the sixth sack race market on the Betfair Sportsbook and it seems that Solskjaer has been favourite or highly fancied in all of the previous five. Will he survive the international break and be in charge of United's trip to Watford on 20 November?
Sixth PL Manager to Leave Odds:
- 4/9 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- 13/2 Brendan Rodgers
- 15/2 Claudio Ranieri
- 10/1 Rafa Benitez
- 16/1 BAR
Terry's all set for golden opportunity
John Terry has been installed as the Evens favourite in the Next Permanent Aston Villa Manager market following the sacking of Dean Smith a little earlier (see 13:35 update)
Former England captain Terry has been out of work since leaving Villa himself during the summer where he was Smith's assistant manager for three years, so the big advantage to the Villa board appointing him is that Terry will already be very familiar with the staff and players at Villa Park.
Should Villa turn to someone else then Paulo Fonseca - linked with Newcastle and Tottenham in recent months - is the 7/2 second favourite while Frank Lampard, who is the 8/11 favourite in the Next Permanent Norwich Manager market, is available to back at 5/1.
Aston Villa have sacked manager Dean Smith.
In a club statement Aston Villa confirmed that the club has parted company with Smith.
CEO Christian Purslow said: "When Dean joined us in October 2018 our team was really struggling in The Championship. He immediately transformed the atmosphere and performances and achieved the ultimate success of leading Villa back to the Premier League within the same season - a rare feat.
"He then secured our place in the Premier League after a tough campaign and took us to a Cup Final at Wembley.
"However, after a good start to last season, this year we have not seen the continuous improvement in results, performances and league position which we have all been looking for. For this reason we have decided to make a change now to allow time for a new head coach to make an impact."
Smith leaves Villa after five straight league defeats and the club sitting 15th in the table, just two points above the drop zone. Villa can be backed at 6.611/2 in the Relegation market on the Exchange
Lampard odds-on to replace Farke
We expected a lot of twists and turns in the sack race betting on Saturday, but what we didn't expect was Daniel Farke being sacked after guiding Norwich to their first Premier League win of the season.
But by all accounts the decision to relieve Farke of his duties was made earlier in the week but it was agreed that he would still take charge of the team for the Brentford game, which the Canaries won 2-1 away from home.
The Betfair Sportsbook have opened a Next Permanent Norwich Manager market and it's former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard who is the odds-on favourite at 10/11 ahead of perhaps a few unfamiliar names in Swansea boss Russell Martin, 7/1, and Bodø/Glimt manager Kjetil Knutsen at 15/2.
An interesting contender could be former Norwich striker Mark Robins at 9/1 who is currently receiving plaudits for the excellent job he is doing at Championship outfit Coventry City.
But it's another former Norwich player, Steve Bruce, who is the early market mover.
The much-travelled manager spent three years at Carrow Road as a player before enjoying huge success with Manchester United, and although he hinted at retirement following his sacking at Newcastle recently the punters haven't been put off, backing the 60-year-old into 10/1 overnight from an opening 33/1.
Smith and Solskjaer dominate new sack race market
With Farke gone we move onto a Fifth Premier League Manager to Leave Their Club market and it's no surprise to see Dean Smith and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dominating the betting at Evens and 11/10 respectively.
Smith's Aston Villa lost their fifth consecutive league game on Friday night when losing 1-0 to Southampton, while Solskjaer's United team produced another poor performance in losing the Manchester derby yesterday.
With the next international break looming - traditionally a time when managers get sacked because of the time it allows for clubs to find a replacement - it wouldn't be a surprise to see either or both managers lose their jobs.
It promises to be another fascinating week on Betfair's manager markets.
Solskjaer into 6/4 to be sacked next
We said this would be a fast moving market today.
And following Manchester United's 0-2 home defeat to Manchester City Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now the 6/4 second favourite behind Dean Smith (Evens) in the Fourth PL Manager to Leave Their Club market, cut from 9/2 earlier this morning (see 10:30 update).
Perhaps one saving grace for Solskjaer is that unlike against Liverpool a few weeks back, United weren't embarrassed by a heavy defeat with Pep Guardiola's men clearly taking their foot off the gas in the second half.
With the international break up next, the Manchester United hierarchy have two weeks to think seriously about Solskjaer's position.
Should they make a change then Brendan Rodgers is the 2/1 favourite in the Next Permanent Manchester United Manager market, ahead of Mauricio Pochettino at 10/3 and Zinedine Zidane at 7/2.
Smith now odds-on to be next manager to leave following Saints defeat
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is the 8/15 favourite in the Fourth PL Manager to Leave Their Club market following his team's fifth straight league defeat on Friday night, losing 1-0 at Southampton.
Villa couldn't have wished for a worse start, going behind in just the third minute when Adam Armstrong smashed home a superb shot from just outside the box. And it was Villa's first half performance that will have worried their fans more than anything - some ill discipline and poor play could easily have resulted in Villa going into the interval with just 10 men and two or three goals down.
But to their credit Villa fought well in the second half and although they couldn't find an equaliser there was enough there to suggest they have enough quality to turn this poor form around.
But will Smith be the man to oversee it?
Immediately after the game he was cut to 5/6 to be the next manager to get the boot, but after some overnight bets the Villa boss was cut once again and can currently be backed at 8/15 on the Sportsbook.
That may all change later though, as current 9/2 second favourite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in action in the early kick-off at 12:30 - a home defeat against neighbours Manchester City will surely see him come under pressure once again - while 11/2 third favourite Daniel Farke could feel the heat even more if his Norwich side lose away at fellow newly-promoted Brentford.
We'll have all the latest news and odds as it happens.
Howe odds-on to be next Newcastle manager
Eddie Howe has been backed into odds-on favourite to become the next Newcastle manager after Unai Emery ruled himself out of contention for the job.
The former-Bournemouth manager is 8/13. Paulo Fonseca is next in the betting at 4/1. He has already held talks with the north east club but there has been no contact between the two parties this week.
After that in the market, it's Roberto Martinez 10/1, Rafael Benitez 12/1 and Lucien Favre 14/1, although of whom are currently employed.
Andriy Shevchenko is an interesting one with the Ukraine boss shortening to 25/1 from 80/1 overnight.
Newcastle, without a win in their 10 Premier League games and 2.285/4 for relegation, had hoped to appoint a manager before Saturday's trip to Brighton. With the club mulling whether to offer Howe the position, it looks likely that interim boss Graeme Jones will still be in charge for the match.
After that, the international break should give the board time to make an appointment who can bed in before the Magpies next fixture on at home to Brentford on 20 November.
Defeat to Saints could seal Smith's fate
Dean Smith, meanwhile, is the 7/4 favourite in the next manager to leave betting.
His Aston Villa side have lost four in a row and speculation is mounting that, if the Villains were to lose their Friday night match at Southampton, it could be curtains for Smith.
The home win is 2.1411/10 with Villa 3.711/4 and the draw 3.65 on the Exchange.
Read Mark O'Haire's preview of the match to get his best bet.
Howe favourite for Newcastle as Emery rejects St James' job
Eddie Howe is the favourite to become the next Newcastle manager after the club's first choice Unai Emery decided to reject the job and stay with Villarreal.
The ex-Bournemouth boss is 6/4 to get the job at St James' Park.
According to reports, the club had wanted to have Emery in place as early as this weekend. However, his representatives held talks with Newcastle but came away uncertain about the club's strategy. Villarreal's owners and players reportedly urged Emery to stay with them.
That could pave the way for Howe's appointment. He has been out of work since leaving Bournemouth in 2020.
Newcastle's interim boss Graeme Jones could now remain in charge for this weekend's trip to Brighton.
Tottenham confirm Conte appointment - get the latest Spurs odds
Tottenham are 2/1 to win a trophy this season after they confirmed the appointment of Antonio Conte as their new manager.
The Italian has signed a deal until summer 2023 with the option to extend and, thanks to his excellent track record in the Premier League and Serie A, his arrival should boost Spurs' chances of success.
Betfair have launched a range of Conte Spurs specials markets, with the Lilywhites even odds to finish above Arsenal in 2021/22 and Harry Kane 6/5 to stay at the club beyond this season.
On the Exchange, they are 2.526/4 to finish in the Premier League top six and 7.613/2 to make a surprise bid for the top four. The club are currently eighth and have lost their last three league matches, although they are in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
Conte replaces Nuno Espírito Santo, who was sacked on Monday, and Conte's first match in charge will be Thursday's Europa Conference League home tie with Vitesse Arnhem, before Spurs travel to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.
After a whirlwind five days in charge, Conte will then have the international break to settle in at Spurs. He is usually averse to taking a job during the season but has made an exception for Spurs. He won the Premier League in his first season at Chelsea in 2017 and Spurs fans will hope he can make an immediate impact in north London.
Conte's appointment means four current Premier League managers have won the title, as he joins Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Claudio Ranieri in the English top flight.
Spurs set to unveil Conte while Emery goes odds-on for Newcastle
Betting has been suspended on the Sportsbook's next Tottenham manager market amid reports that Antonio Conte is set to be unveiled by the club.
The former-Chelsea manager will sign a deal to take charge until the summer of 2023. He was Spurs' top target and yesterday received the backing of Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Berbatov who said he thought the Italian could get the best out of Harry Kane.
It's also been a lively few hours in the betting on the next Newcastle manager.
Former-Arsenal boss Unai Emery is odds-on on the Exchange to be the new Magpies boss in what would be a surprise return to the Premier League.
Emery endured a miserable spell as manager of Arsenal but has since rebuilt his reputation, winning the Europa Cup with Villarreal last season.
As reported yesterday, there are rumours that the north east club could unveil Emery as their manager as soon as next week's international break.
Rafael Benitez was an overnight mover in the market, shortening to 6/1 for a return to Newcastle, but the Everton manager has since drifted back out to 25/1 on the Sportsbook and 14.5 on the Exchange.
Nuno out, Conte in and Poch to United?
Tottenham have sacked Nuno Espirito Santo and are reportedly in advanced talks with Antonio Conte about taking up the position.
But the Premier League manager speculation won't end there.
Several managers look as if they are little more than a bad result away from losing their jobs.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got a vital win at Spurs on Saturday. It sealed Nuno's fate but gave the Norwegian a little breathing room at United.
He is 6/1 to be the fourth Premier League manager to lose their job this season, although Dean Smith is the new favourite at 6/4 after Aston Villa's 4-1 defeat to West Ham yesterday.
With a Champions League trip to Atalanta to come on Tuesday, however, followed by a Manchester derby this Sunday, Solskjaer remains in danger.
Defeat in either of those matches could prove fatal for the United manager and the betting on his replacement is very much a live market.
Today, Mauricio Pochettino was backed into 3/1 to be the next United manager.
Zinedine Zidane is the same price but Pochettino, who is the manager of Paris Saint-Germain, looks like a better fit for United and has a longtime admirer in Sir Alex Ferguson.
Reports that 5/1 Emery is set for Newcastle
Unai Emery is 5/1 to become the next Newcastle manager but reports this morning claimed that he will be unveiled as the new St James' Park boss in the next few weeks.
Roberto Martinez 3/1 is the favourite while Paulo Fonseca 6/1 is also near the top of the market. Newcastle sacked Steve Bruce and are still looking for a replacement who can begin the job of rebuilding the team.
The Magpies lost to Chelsea on Saturday, remain without a win and are 2.265/4 - a shorter price than they were when their new uber-wealthy owners took over - for relegation.
We'll have more updates as news breaks and the odds change.