Mourinho, Lampard, Guardiola, Klopp: Which Premier League manager will be sacked first?


Tottenham Hotspur made a nightmarish start to their Premier League campaign on Sunday.

It feels as though Spurs are on everybody's lips whileAmazon's 'All or Nothing' documentary continues to stream, but it was definitely a case of 'nothing' as opposed to 'all' last weekend.

That's because Spurs suffered an unexpected 1-0 defeat at home to Everton, which marked the first time in Jose Mourinho's managerial career that he's lost on the opening day of the season.

Rocky start for Tottenham

Despite Tottenham's 2019/20 problems and a pretty rudimentary transfer window, there was quiet hope around the club when you consider Mourinho's record during second seasons.

And while losing on the opening day doesn't exactly condemn their season to ruins, it certainly shows that there's scope for Tottenham to experience another year of ups and downs.

Besides, there have been enough examples of things going wrong for Mourinho in the Premier League for us to know that proceedings can escalate incredibly quickly for the 'Special One'.


Odds of Mourinho sacking

And that seems to be resonating with the bookmakers right now because the odds on Mourinho becoming the first Premier League manager to be sacked have plummeted down from 33/1.

Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson remarked: “It's amazing how quickly things change in football.

"After ending last season so strongly, many were feeling positive about Spurs and Jose Mourinho this season, but one poor performance and result has seen the negativity return with a vengeance.

“While Spurs were atrocious against Everton on Sunday, it's unlikely Mourinho will be next in line for the chop, particularly with so many other sack race candidates in the mix. "


Odds on first PL manager to be sacked

Piqued your interest? We thought so, well, you can check out the full ranking of the Premier League managers by how likely Oddschecker consider them to be sacked first down below:

*All odds correct at the time of writing*

20. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) - 100/1

The only way that Klopp would be the first manager to be sacked this season would be if the Premier League was transported into a parallel universe where every day was opposite day.

There's absolutely no chance that Klopp would be booted out of Anfield even if his reigning champions went on a ten-game losing streak and flirted with a relegation battle. No way Jose.


19. Chris Wilder (Sheffield United) - 35/1

Sure, we understand the logic here after Wilder's superb 2019/20 campaign, but isn't 19th place completely over the top considering the Blades were a Championship side just 18 months ago?

18. Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) - 35/1

Again, although Arteta is rightfully in this region of the list and pretty safe in the Arsenal hot-seat, third bottom seems a little extreme when you remember the fate that Unai Emery suffered.

17. Carlo Ancelotti (Everton) - 33/1

Ancelotti can feel pretty secure for having the opened the season with an upset victory, but the recent up and down form at Everton in the last five years suggests 17th place is a little forgiving.


16. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United) - 25/1

Rewind 12 months and Solskjaer being this far down the rankings would have been laughable but it looks for all intents and purposes that United are strapping themselves in for his long-term plan.

15. Brendan Rodgers (Leicester City) - 25/1

At the end of the day, Rodgers is one of the safest pairs of hands in British football and it's hard to envisage Leicester losing patience with him unless the proverbial hit the fan out of nowhere.

14. Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds United) - 25/1

Never... I'm sorry, even if you're name is Bielsa and you're justly revered as one of football's great tacticians, there's no way that the coach of a promoted team should be this low in the sack race.

Sure, it's highly unlikely that Bielsa would be the first manager to receive his marching orders, but it's hard to see why that would be considered less likely than the next two men being sacked...


13. Nuno Espírito Santo (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - 22/1

See what I mean? Unless Wolves crashed and burned by devolving into a relegation battle, which seems unlikely after opening with a win at Sheffield United, Santo can feel pretty safe right now.

12. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) - 20/1

No, no, no, no, no, no. We're not having this for a split second. There's no way that Guardiola is more likely to be the first Premier League boss to lose this job than Bielsa and Wilder.

The Citizens would be barking mad to sack the manager who guided them to two Premier League titles, the former of which yielding a record points tally, as well as a historic, domestic treble.


11. Graham Potter (Brighton & Hove Albion) - 18/1

Don't get us wrong, Potter has done an admirable job with Brighton's brand football, but just nine wins last season and a potential relegation scrap this year makes 11th place look very generous.

10. Ralph Hasenhüttl (Southampton) - 17/1

As fickle as the game of football truly is, I struggle to see why Hasenhüttl could possibly be in the top 10 after such a remarkable turnaround last season, even if they just lost to Crystal Palace.


9. Steve Bruce (Newcastle United) - 17/1

To be honest, if I were Bruce, I wouldn't be worrying about my job security after silencing the doubters during his debut season and having spent incredibly wisely in his second summer.

8. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) - 16/1

There seems to be a burgeoning cohort of fans that think Roman Abramovich could bring the axe crashing down on Lampard if he doesn't deliver a title charge after a huge summer of spending.

Personally, though, I can't see Lampard doing terribly enough with the likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner in his team to possibly be one of the first managers to become unemployed.


7. Dean Smith (Aston Villa) - 16/1

Considering Villa only stayed up by a nose-hair last season despite having the 11th most valuable squad in the Premier League, don't be shocked if Smith is dismissed unless progress is made.

6. Sean Dyche (Burnley) - 16/1

Nah, we're not having this. There's no way Dyche being sacked should be considered this likely having guided Burnley to phenomenal eighth and tenth place finishes over the last two years.


5. Slaven Bilic (West Bromwich Albion) - 14/1

The only thing surprising here is that Bilic isn't higher up in the rankings because West Brom are many people's tip to finish rock bottom and thus, it wouldn't be a shock if they dished out a P45.

4. Jose Mourinho (Tottenham Hotspur) - 8/1

Here we are, the man himself. For whatever reason, Mourinho seems incapable of going through a minor crisis at a club because things are either completely rosy or it's the end of the world.

And with the defeat to Everton suggesting the latter could be on the cards, Mourinho will need to stop the bleeding quickly to suggest that fourth place in the sack race is anything but justified.


3. Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace) - 11/12

At the very best, you get the impression that Hodgson will retire at the end of his Palace contract, but their poor form throughout 2020 perhaps suggests that he won't last until the New Year.

2. Scott Parker (Fulham) - 4/1

Yeh, this makes sense. Fulham are tipped by many football fans to come crashing back down to the Championship this season and the inexperienced Parker is an easy target for the sack.

1. David Moyes (West Ham United) - 2/1

When you consider the sturdy job that Moyes has executed during his second spell in east London, this actually seems pretty harsh, but lest we forget the wider situation at West Ham.

With the club seemingly in turmoil and having started the season with a tepid defeat to Newcastle, it wouldn't be surprising if Moyes' head rolled very soon regardless of any fault on his part.


Who will be first to go?

So, there you have it, only Moyes, Parker and Hodgson are seen as more likely to be sacked first in the Premier League than the 'Special One'.

It's hard to judge too much when we're only one game deep into the season, but perhaps we're starting to see the first tremors of a classic Mourinho meltdown, albeit one year early.

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