Premier League Sack Race Heats Up: Hodgson's Odds Tumble

Tough Times Ahead: Hodgson, and Kompany Lead the List of Managers Under Pressure

Roy Hodgson's team get thrashed by an out of form Brighton.
Roy Hodgson's team get thrashed by an out of form Brighton.

Roy Hodgson's odds in the managerial sack race have taken a dive following a tough 4-1 loss at Brighton this Saturday. Since Steve Cooper left Nottingham Forest right before the holidays, Hodgson has been the bookies' top pick to get the boot next, and his odds have only gotten shorter. Going into the weekend at 4/7, he's now sitting at tighter odds of 2/5 after his team's disappointing performance at the Amex, where they were down by three goals by halftime. Hodgson's day got even worse in the second half when Michael Olise, one of his key players, had to leave the pitch with an injury just ten minutes after coming on.

Despite the setback, the 76-year-old manager remained upbeat, attributing the heavy loss to the absence of several key players. Hodgson remarked, "Fans came here full of hope, but given our current predicament, including not being able to put out a stronger team, you have to face the fact that things won't always go as planned."

Vincent Kompany's odds have shortened from 10/1 to 7/1 despite Burnley managing a comeback draw against Fulham. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp, who's expected to leave Liverpool this summer, is the second favorite to exit next, with odds of 6/1. Given that seven managerial changes took place after this date last season in the Premier League, it wouldn't be surprising if Klopp's departure isn't the only one we see in the near future.

Here are the current odds for the next Premier League manager to leave:

  • Roy Hodgson - 2/5
  • Jurgen Klopp - 6/1
  • Vincent Kompany - 7/1
  • Eddie Howe - 10/1
  • Erik ten Hag - 10/1
  • Marco Silva - 16/1
  • No manager to leave - 16/1

Hodgson's team, the Eagles, are sitting 14th in the league, just five points clear of the relegation zone, with a crucial match against Chelsea at Selhurst Park up next. Despite pulling off a draw with Fulham, Burnley's manager Kompany saw his odds decrease as his team remains in the relegation battle, seven points from safety, with a challenging game against Liverpool on the horizon. Despite a heavy 5-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa, Chris Wilder's odds stand at 33/1, with Sheffield United at the bottom of the table.