Premier League next manager sacked odds: Bruce odds slashed ahead of Newcastle vs Arsenal tie, Lampard third favourite

NEWCASTLE boss Steve Bruce is now second favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his position.

That's according to bookmakers Paddy Power, who've dramatically slashed Bruce's odds ahead of Monday's showdown with Arsenal.

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The Toon boss was previously 10/1 to be the next top-flight manager to be relieved of his duties.

However, that price has come crashing down to 5/2 after Newcastle stretched their winless run to eight with just a single goal scored in 10 hours.

Bruce, 60, is accused of being too pragmatic and overly cautious in his approach.

And setting up with a back five against Sheffield United – the country’s lowest scorers – last week only heightened supporters' aggravation.

Bruce dismissed speculation he could walk away from the challenge and doesn't think he's lost the dressing room.

He said: "We all have to accept criticism and I expect some sort of response at Arsenal.

"I’m the wrong one to ask [if he's lost the dressing room] but I saw nothing wrong with the Liverpool performance.

Premier League next manager sacked odds – Paddy Power

  • Chris Wilder – 17/10
  • Steve Bruce – WAS 10/1 – NOW 5/2
  • Frank Lampard – 11/4
  • Roy Hodgson – 9/1
  • Nuno Espirito Santo – 9/1
  • Mikel Arteta – 10/1
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"I still believe in the players but we can’t accept that performance at Sheffield United. In a big, big game, we were nowhere near what’s required."

The result did, however, help one manager in Sheffield United's Chris Wilder.

The Blades boss was odds-on 8/15 to be sacked and despite a 3-1 home defeat to Tottenham – his price has drifted back out to 17/10.

Chelsea's Frank Lampard is third in the betting market at 11/4.

The Blues' 1-0 victory over 10-man Fulham moved them up into seventh position – eight points behind leaders Manchester United.

But Lampard insists he's not concerned by questions about his future, saying pressure is part and parcel of being in charge of a club such as Chelsea.

Before the win over Fulham, he told reporters: "I was very aware when I came into this job, if you manage a top Premier League club… you have to understand that pressure will come very quickly at times. And the pressure is constantly there anyway.

"Earlier in the season, we had a lot of great things coming through and then a tough patch.

"These two weeks have given us a chance to focus on the basics of our game, what we are and how we want to play and I just want to see those things come through."

In behind the leading three candidates are Crystal Palace's Roy Hodgson and Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo at 9s with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta Mikel Arteta at 10/1.

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